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Category Manager, IT Procurement

Date: May 17, 2019

Location: Farmington Hills, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 115288 

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Position Summary:

This role is responsible for managing the Global IT hardware spend of $40M, working closely with all IT and non-IT functional and divisional leaders, internal stakeholders and external sources.  Accountable for the year over year expense reduction and other category related targets assigned directly.  Support in achieving the overall category targets and objectives to attain overall budget performance as well as expected internal/external performance. This position reports to the Senior Sourcing Manager of IT.


Direct responsibilities will include:

  • Support in developing category strategies
  • Develop annual spend and savings plans consistent with the budgets
  • Proactively manage the demand for technology
  • Develop sourcing and operational strategies
  • Manage strategic sourcing and procurement projects
  • Orchestrate cross-functional, cross-site, internal/external teams
  • Internal and external supplier related requirements & performance
  • Manage supplier selection process by creating RFX, analysis, evaluation, negotiation, and award
  • Lead  and/or participate in contract negotiation, execute and manage supplier contracts
  • Manage business relationships with suppliers, including QBR, SOW development, KPIs, etc.
  • Manage all commercial and operational supplier activities
  • Oversee compliance with legal, business, code of conduct, financial and SOX requirements
  • Manage to achieve assigned category targets and supply base


Indirectly responsible under the guidance of functional Senior Sourcing Manager:

  • Develop and execute strategies and sourcing plans that foster the highest level of commitment to continuous improvement in category and service quality, cost, delivery, service, and technology
  • Plans and directs activities within assigned categories to achieve the maximum measurable results
  • Serves as the principal liaison representing Harman external towards suppliers on all commercial and business relationship content, including but not limited to quality, cost, delivery, service, contracts, risks and technology objectives
  • Ensures supplier KPI’s are in place as applicable and needed to audits supplier results, financial performance, and technical capabilities
  • Ensures supplier commercial and operational processes and principles meet Harman’s requirements in support of best cost, financial performance, and technical capabilities
  • Leads, directs and manages any Harman commercial negotiations involving the assigned categories and/or services
  • Collects, and coordinates business and technical requirements from the stakeholder, and supporting functions for negotiations.
  • Drives & Innovates suppliers improvements and performance by identifying and implementing solutions to business problems, independently cross-functional and globally as appropriate within assigned categories
  • Interfaces with functional and business stakeholders as required
  • Execution of stated goals and objectives toward the defined annual operating and strategic plans of Harman International where applicable
  • Critical to acquire a full understanding of various marketplace conditions and environments as well as the regional and global implications
  • Represents Harman supplier interests within Harman towards all functions, levels, and stakeholders regionally and globally as applicable and required within the assigned categories


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Information Technology, Supply Management or related field
  • 5+ years of related experience in Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Management, Program Management, Program Sourcing with a record of increasing responsibility
  • Masters Degree preferred


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10%
  • Willingness to work in an office in Farmington Hills, MI
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen



HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status.  HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (


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