Share this Job

Technical Program Manager III, VAVE

Date: Mar 16, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 115051 

Additional Work Location(s) ​​​​​:  

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:

Technical Program Manager III manages cross-functional teams to introduce running changes to audio systems for total variable cost improvements.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position may or may not have direct reports.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage 8-10 post-production projects driving material, labor, and logistical improvements to audio systems components and processes (system, speaker, and/or amplifier.)
  • Evaluate projects for investment payback and alignment to Harman business strategies.
  • Lead the investigation of VAVE ideas, scope feasible ideas into projects, and define tasks to be performed by cross-functional teams.  Use task list to create a work breakdown structure.  Use work breakdown structure to establish program schedule and resources.
  • Follow corporate product development 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 technical detail of the products used in all systems, both electrical and mechanical.
  • Work with Core Engineering and AME functions to ensure proposed cost improvements are technically feasible and maintain customer performance and quality expectations.
  • Work with Procurement and Product Sourcing functions to identify supplier strategies such as material strategies, supplier strateigies, and localization.
  • Work with Sales to define a customer approval strategy for running VAVE improvements.
  • Work with Harman plants and AME to identify process impact and ensure readiness for VAVE running changes.
  • Work with Finance to achieve funding for projects.
  • Execute the project from idea investigation, through validation and implementation to SOP.
  • Negotiate resource allocations from functional managers.  When a resource conflict occurs, negotiate a solution with functional managers and other program managers.
  • Serve as lead project interface with senior management, and align with customer program management and sales teams to ensure proper communication with customers.
  • Provide monthly progress reports to senior management.
  • Complete other strategic cost improvement initiatives/ related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Basic Qualifications:

  • REQUIRED Specific Knowledge, Expertise, Coursework
    • Project planning, problem solving, multi-tasking, project management skills
    • Clear and strategic thinker; proven experience in translating strategies into actionable plans
    • Capable of handling multiple projects / initiatives simultaneously and executing to completion
    • Team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global matrixed organization
    • Technical knowledge of Audio Systems and/or Automotive Electronics preferred
  • REQUIRED Degree and/or Training, including specifically defined educational equivalent
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent, preferably in engineering
  • REQUIRED Specific Prior Experiences
    • 10+ years related experience in automotive tier 1 program management, sales, quality, design, engineering management, process engineering, or AME
  • REQUIRED Physical Demands
    • Will be able to travel to customer location and Harman plants and global technology centers 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!  (


Nearest Major Market: Detroit

Job Segment: Program Manager, Information Technology, IT Manager, Engineer, Electrical, Management, Technology, Engineering