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Senior Director of Digital - Engineering

Date: Dec 24, 2017

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 102635 

Additional Work Location(s) ​​​​​: Northridge; Novi; Richardson 

Position Summary:

The Sr. Director of Digital - NPI & Engineering will be responsible for building a Digital Center of Competence to drive thought leadership, strategic direction, process excellence, product management, digital innovation, and master data governance related to New Product Introduction & Engineering Productivity.  This role will report functionally to the Chief Digital & Information Officer and operationally to the Engineering / R&D leader.


Supervisory Responsibilities:  This role will have responsibility for establishing a center of competence - designing, building, attracting, rewarding and retaining teams.  Initially this role will be responsible for 10-20+ full time employees and 50+ contractors with expectation for organizational growth.  Product Lifecycle Management – 10, Application Lifecycle Management  – 10, 50+ Contractors


Job Responsibilities:

  • Thought leadership – Deep breadth and depth of digital and operational experience in the areas of  Design to Cost, Product Configuration, Product / Application Lifecycle Management, Engineering Bill of Materials and changes/integration to Manufacturing Bill of Materials.  High degree of visibility, exposure, collaboration and influencing with Divisional Presidents, Executive Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Customer Business Units, and Customer Program Management across HARMAN.  In addition, this role will proactively collaborate with customers, suppliers, and industry thought leaders.
  • Digital roadmap – Establish, define, design, and deliver a digital center of competence that will demonstrate best in class governance, simplification, standardization, analytics and innovation, which will enable new product introduction and program execution across HARMAN.
  • Process simplification – Define, design, deliver lean integrated processes that drive productivity, quality, and on time delivery.  Key process areas related to Engineering and New Product Introduction includes but not limited to:
    • Design to Cost, Product Configuration, Product/Application Lifecycle Management, Computer Aided Design, 3D Modeling, Testing Automation, Program Execution, Resource Management, Defect Management, Continous Process Improvement
  • Digital technologies – Define, design, and deliver new technology introductions / new product innovations that drives engineering productivity, program management, quality management, continuous process improvement, product item master, engineering change orders.  Key digital domain areas similar but not limited to:
    • PTC Windchill, PTC Creo, Siemens Teamcenter, Siemens Mentor Graphics, IBM Application Lifecycle Management, Atlassian product suite (Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo), Perforce, Dassault Catia, SAP – MES, Sharepoint
  • Organizational – Strategic design and optimized delivery structure. Attract, recruit, develop and retain talent.  Co-Ops, Internships, digital leadership development programs (early, mid, experience careers),  coaching, mentoring.  Employee evaluations, succession planning, compensation, merit, and reward planning/execution.  Build a collaborative, cohesive, credible, high performing organization.
  • Agile methodology – Utilize agile software development lifecycle to drive acceleration of benefits realizaiton, end user satisfaction, and quality assurance.
  • Financial management – Rigorously manage estimates, forecasts, and actual related to multimillion dollar budget and benefits realizations.  Drive reduction in total cost of ownership and increase in IRR/ROI.
  • Enterprise risk and compliance – Establish and adhere to secure coding practices to ensure data privacy, data loss prevention, internal and external cyber threat prevention
  • Key Performance Indicators – Productivity, On Time Delivery, Cycle Time, Resource Utilization, Product Cost, Design Cost, Time to Market, Cost of Poor Quality, Customer Issue Resolution, Variance to Want
  • Communications – Blogs, White Papers, Panelist Discussions, Network Events, Board Level Presentations, Video Collaboration, Employee Town Halls, Round Tables, and Skip Levels
  • Training – Design, develop, and deliver digitial curriculum for teams.  Provide guidance and support for individual development plans.
  • Change management - Influence and drive digital transformation, accelerated adoption, and sustainable acceptance to achieve desired state business wide
  • Customer excellence – Proactively collaborate and co-innovate with customers and suppliers to drive customer satisfaction, on time delivery and competitive differentiation
  • Supplier management – Establish strategic supplier relationships, effective contractual negotiations, co-innovation roadmaps, exceptional service level agreements and mutually beneficial outcomes


Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of Digital, Product Management, or Software Engineering related experience
  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Business Administration or equivalent work experience.
  • 10+ years of experience in managing multiple, medium to large global cross-functional teams or projects, influencing senior level management and key stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications & Desired Competencies: Please list the preferred qualifications and ideal behaviors needed for this position based on the following:



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


Customer Excellence

  • Co-innovate and exceed customer expectations. Engage collaborate, and understanding voice of the customer. 



Operational Excellence

  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Kaizen / Continuous Process Improvement


Industry Experience

  • Automotive
  • Consumer Products
  • High Tech. - Software & Hardware



Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Willingness to travel up to 50% of the time
  • Willingness to work in a key location – Novi, MI, Stamford CT, Richardson, TX or Northridge, CA
  • 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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