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Sr Manager, Technical Program III

Date: Aug 10, 2018

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 108267 

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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 Technical Program Manager is responsible for organizing and executing product development tasks. This person will work in a cross-functional role planning, communicating, team building and executing a development plan to Harman and customer requirements.  This position will work directly with HARMAN’s Program Management Group located in Novi, Michigan.  The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in the area of Electronics or Mechanical Engineering and 8+ years of industry experience and knowledge of program/project management, customer relationship building and automotive product development.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position will have no direct reports.


Job Responsibilities

  • Manage 4-8 audio system (system, speaker, and/or amplifier) program teams, requiring both applications and international development engineering. 
  • Define tasks to be performed by cross-functional team in developing systems.  Use task list to create a work breakdown structure.  Use work breakdown structure to establish program schedule.
  • Follow corporate product development (or applications) process.  Ensure the compliance of team members.
  • Ensure prompt decision-making is executed by promoting consensus decisions, intervening when consensus decision-making fails, and making unilateral decisions in the case of a deadlock.
  • Understand all of the technical detail of the products used in all systems, both electrical and mechanical.
  • Approve requirements and technical solutions for meeting requirements for all development  products.
  • Establish and manage program budget. 
  • Work with Sales, Supplier Engineering, and Design Engineering to set system cost target.  Meet system cost target.
  • Set team goals for timeliness, customer issues, and quality.  Lead team to meet goals.
  • Interact with all internal functions:  design engineering, manufacturing, quality, purchasing, marketing, and sales.
  • Negotiate resource allocations from functional managers.  When a resource conflict occurs, negotiate a solution with functional managers and other program managers.
  • Serve as lead program interface with customer.
  • Identify program issues as early as possible and drive resolution at the team level.  If resolutions requires management intervention, escalate to appropriate management personnel with proposed alternatives.
  • Review selected suppliers and quotes, and participate in supplier reviews/selection as appropriate.
  • Coordinate and oversee ordering of prototype and production tooling.
  • Audit task completion.  Report major deviations from plan to appropriate management.
  • Provide monthly reports in requested format.
  • Recommend continuous improvements development process.  Complete other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Basic Qualifications:

  • REQUIRED Specific Knowledge, Expertise, Coursework
    • Project Planning, problem solving, multi-tasking, project management skills
    • Hard working, dedicated individual who takes ownership of issues and leads the team toward successful resolution
    • Background in Automotive Electronics and Audio systems preferred.  Understanding of embedded software in audio electronics.
  • REQUIRED Degree and/or Training, including specifically defined educational equivalent
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent, preferably in engineering
  • REQUIRED Certifications/Licenses
    • PMP certification preferred but not required
  • REQUIRED Specific Prior Experiences
    • 8+ years related experience in program management, sales, quality, design, engineering management, or process engineering, or AME
  • REQUIRED Physical Demands
    • Will be able to travel to customer location and Harman plants occasionally


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10% of the time
  • Willingness to work in an office in Novi, MI
  • HARMAN will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. 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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