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Procurement Leadership Experience Accelerated Program (LEAP)

Date: Mar 22, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 115824 

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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:

Ready to explore a world of opportunities? If so, the Leadership Experience Acceleration Program (LEAP) is just for you. At HARMAN, we invest in the future talent of our organization by developing early career professionals. Over the two-year program, the Operations LEAP member will rotate through three Operations roles within the HARMAN Group, with one being an international rotation. In the process, members will gain global experience, enhance their operations skills and build an in depth understanding of the technology, businesses and functions within HARMAN.


In addition, you will participate in a mentoring program to help guide your experience, gain access and exposure to HARMAN University courses, in-person group learning, virtual and self-paced programs while developing a strong peer and global network.


Are you driven to solve complex problems? Do you thrive in a results-oriented environment? In addition, are you seeking an opportunity that strikes your creative and technical abilities? If yes, then LEAP is for you!



Supervisory Responsibilities:

For the initial rotations, it is expected there are no direct reports. As the Operations LEAP member progresses through their assignments, they will acquire supervisory responsibility as part of the development program.


Within any projects set during the assignments, the member may retain supervisory responsibility for team members as required within the specified project.


Job Responsibilities:

There are 3 rotations over the 2 year life of an Operations LEAP program member. Below are examples of the rotations:


Cost Analyst

  • Development of cost models using internal and external tools and data sources in support of HARMAN products
  • Analyze cost breakdowns from supplier quotes and understand all cost influence factors
  • Collaborate with internal teams, supplier to identify best cost solutions, including emerging technologies that would provide cost advantages
  • Work with Engineering & Product Sourcing teams during new business quoting to establish reference cost targets
  • Support Procurement teams during negotiating events with HARMAN’s suppliers
  • Establish a process to train HARMAN Engineering & Product Sourcing teams on Design-to-Cost best practices


Category Specialist – Electronic Components

  • As part of a cross functional task force team, evaluate category for competitiveness
  • Using cost models, identify opportunities for cost savings within the electronic component categories, and present business case to management


Category Specialist – Mechanical Components

  • Identify cost savings opportunities by working as a cross-functional team member on a tooling capacity project
  • Identify opportunities for cost savings by using cost models within the mechanical categories, and present business case to management
  • Evaluate suppliers and make recommendations for supplier consolidation strategy


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree preferably in Engineering
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Highly analytical
  • Strong work ethics and principles
  • Team player with positive attitude to succeed
  • Strong aptitude for manufacturing and business operations


Desired Competencies:

Leadership: Demonstrate character, clarity, courage and commitment to high-performance

  • Build environment of trust, high performance and engagement by establishing clear goals and a commitment to feedback, development and recognition


Change Orientation: Champion a better, faster and simpler way of doing things

  • Apply original thinking and continuous improvement to processes, products, systems or services and manage change to better serve customer needs


Collaboration:  Connect, engage and communicate with others

  • Encourage open expression of ideas; communicate effectively at all levels and build strong relationships


Judgment: Make sound decisions

  • Demonstrate critical thinking to take appropriate risk and make sound and timely decisions


Results-Driven: Deliver extraordinary results

  • Take initiative to achieve superior, quality results against internal or external standards of excellence


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel
  • Willingness to work in an office initially in Novi, MI
  • Willingness to relocate to an international Harman office for a 6-month assignment in Budapest, Hungary or other international location
  • 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.


  • Commitment to the program and assignments over the two 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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