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Sr. Director of Digital - Analytics & Automation

Date: Apr 3, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 114879 

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

Job Title:  Senior Director, Digital – Analytics & Automation

Manager:  CDIO

Location:  Novi MI, Richardson TX, Northridge CA


Job Description


Position Summary:

The Senior Director of Digital – Analytics & Automation will be responsible for building a Digital Center of Competence to drive thought leadership, strategic direction, analytical insights, predictability, intelligent automation, and digital IoT innovation across HARMAN.  This role will report functionally to the Chief Digital & Information Officer.


Supervisory Responsibilities:  This role will have responsibility for establishing an Analytics & Automation center of competence - designing, building, attracting, rewarding and retaining teams.  Initially this role will be responsible for 10-30+ full time employees and 100+ contractors with expectation for organizational growth.  Data Management – 10, Data Scientists – 10, SW Engineers – 10


Job Responsibilities:

  • Thought leadership – Deep breadth and depth of domain expertise in Big Data, Analytics and Intelligent Automation (Machine Learning).  Deep analytical skills including - statistical modeling, stochastic modeling, and neural networks to drive real benefit outcomes.
  • Digital roadmap – Establish, define, design, and deliver a digital center of competence that will demonstrate best in class Big Data Platforms, Data Management, Data Mining, Data Analytics, Data Solutions, Data Visualization, and Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning).
  • Digital technologies – Define, design, and deliver new technology introductions / new product innovations that drives proactive decision making, insights, and benefit outcomes.   Key digital domain areas similar but not limited to:
    • JSON, Hadoop, Cloud Foundry, Pivotal, MatLabs, Tableau, Qlik, SAP Hana, Oracle, Spark, Greenplum, Cassandra, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Informatica, Angular JS, Python, R, SQL, NOSQL
  • 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 DevOps methodology – Utilize agile software development lifecycle to drive acceleration of benefits realization, 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 –  Total available market, market share, forecasting, trending, influencers, customer sentiment, customer satisfaction, take rates, win probability, productivity, potential defects, incident prevention, profitability, inventory optimization, material deflation, logistics, should cost, Fx hedging, performance, availability, time to close, first time right, turn over rates, click rates,
  • 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 digital 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 Statistical Analysis, Big Data & Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
  • Master’s Degree in Mathematics, 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:

       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


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, Richardson TX, 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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