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Director, Global Plastics & Faceplate Category Management

Date: Feb 2, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 114308 

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A Career at HARMAN

We are ONE HARMAN. We are greater than the sum of our divisions or brands. We proudly talk about our many iconic brands and describe how our technologies are transforming the car, the workplace and everywhere in between.  We work hard. We create useful, playful, beautiful things. We strive for excellence and we aim to win as a team. No matter the position, every employee at HARMAN is expected to demonstrate our core competencies:  leadership, change-orientation, collaboration, judgment and a results-driven mindset.  At HARMAN, we expect brilliance.  You can expect a career full of brilliant possibilities. 


Position Summary: This position seeks a senior level procurement professional to be responsible for a global Plastics & Faceplates procurement category. The individual will be a key contributor to the future competitiveness of a major, global direct material category for Lifestyle Car Audio.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This role will manage a team of category managers in support of executing the category strategy and savings objectives.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee, conduct, and actively manage the end-to-end strategic sourcing and procurement process.
  • Provide thought leadership and innovative strategies for optimizing sourcing effectiveness.
  • Coordinate and work with both corporate and regional stakeholders to standardize corporate-wide product specifications and establish and implement long-term strategic goals to continually enhance Harman’s market position.
  • Establish and execute on category goals, improvement plans, business reviews and monthly reporting
  • Execute effective supplier negotiations and event driven cost reductions to meet annual cost reduction goals
  • Lead team and drive category and sub-category strategies to achieve a world class supply base for Harman
  • Develop and execute category strategies through alignment with Harman Global Segment Leaders, Business Unites, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing activities
  • Coordinate the executive level engagement between procurement, supply chain functions and senior stake holders
  • Responsible to manage and make critical decisions on all aspects of supplier relationship including contracts, commercial / pricing, supply assurance and conflict resolution for the Global Category
  • This person will be an escalation/communication point for Harman International and the supply partner
  • Identification, establishment and development of new suppliers, supplier relationship management, supplier portfolio management and supplier performance evaluation
  • Lead the organization to behave with a sense of urgency, ensure that it is aligned globally and attracts the best talent
  • Coordinate the executive level engagement between procurement, supply chain functions and senior stake holders within the BU

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Management.
  • Mechanical and plastics procurement experience preferred
  • Master’s degree in Business Management, Supply Chain, Engineering or related discipline preferred
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Proven ability to lead diverse global teams to achieve cost, quality, and time to market commitments
  • Experience collaborating with internal and external resources to develop sourcing and negotiation strategies that meet established goals and timelines
  • Expertise translating complex data into a clear and concise communication. Ability to communicate effectively at a senior executive level
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness to effectively leverage and focus resources across organizational/geographic boundaries
  • Ability to gather relevant information systematically; consider a broad range of issues or factors; grasp complexities and perceive the relationship among problems or issues; seek input from others
  • Build an effective team committed to organizational goals; foster collaboration among team members.
  • Encourage and empower others to achieve; establish challenging performance standards; create enthusiasm, a feeling of investment, and a desire to excel
  • Proficiency with procurement systems including sourcing, contract management and transactional systems
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills
  • Strong presentation and writing skills


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 25% internationally
  • Willingness to work in an office in Novi, MI
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen
  •  Any offer of employment for any position that requires use of a HARMAN or customer owned vehicle is contingent upon the applicant having a clean driving record, which will be evaluated and determined in Harman’s sole discretion; however, applicants may have no more than 4 active points for moving violations (issued by any motor vehicle agency), and applicants must have no references to operating a vehicle under the influence of controlled substances within the last 10 years



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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