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Senior Manager, Procurement Category Management

Date: Jun 15, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 116675 

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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:

The Senior Manager, Procurement Category Management will support Harman in strategic sourcing, supplier negotiations, and new product/program business pursuits for Connected Services automotive products. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has 2 global direct reports.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supporting new RFQ’s and NPI opportunities through the business case process
    • Provides inputs on cost estimates and establishes targets for suppliers
    • Supports the BU in design reviews, focused on cost reduction as well as ensuring RFQ requirements are addressed
  • Prepares and submits Costs (Direct Material and EMS costs) for RFQ’s
  • Responsible for annual negotiations with all suppliers that are not covered by Direct Material Procurement team
  • Development of Supplier Strategy to support BU roadmap
    • Identifying new suppliers if current suppliers can not fulfill business needs
    • Schedule and participate in supplier quality audits
    • Negotiates MPA’s and terms with suppliers
  • Manage info records for current products
  • Manage savings tracking
  • Create and manage a spend budget
  • Manages EOL / End of Production components and products
  • Supports escalations of other items (mainly related to Indirect topics for Harman Ignite)
  • Handles Component and material escalation issues
  • Provides monthly Operational reports for the business unit


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably a degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, or related
  • 8+ years of experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, or supply chain management with a record of increasing responsibility.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in program management or program sourcing function


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Business is preferred
  • Automotive or Consumer industry experience

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10%
  • 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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