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Sr Manager Technical Program III

Date: Jan 18, 2018

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 104101 

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Position Summary:

Sr. Manager, Technical Program Manager III manages cross-functional teams to introduce new audio systems for OEM automotive customers. In addiiton, he/she is also responsible for program execution of a specific OEM(s) through management of other program managers.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position will manage a group of program managers


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.
  • Background in Automotive Electronics and Audio systems preferred.  Understanding of embedded software in audio electronics.
  • 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 wit 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
    • Hardworking, dedicated individual who takes ownership of issues and leads the team toward successful resolution
    • Technical knowledge of the Audio systems and Automotive Electronics preferred
  • 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.
  • 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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