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Manager II,Program, Automotive infotainment

Date: Nov 14, 2018

Location: Pune, India, IN

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 112641 

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Position Summary: 


Program Manager to manage cross-functional teams to introduce new infotainment systems for OEM automotive customers. 


Supervisory Responsibilities: Please indicate the number of direct reports and/or number of indirect reports.




Job Responsibilities: 

  1. Understand global program organization structure.
  2. Manage multiple infotainment system programs, requiring both applications and development engineering.  An infotainment system contains, at a minimum, an integrated piece of complex electronics such as an audio gateway, a hands-free module with voice recognition, or a navigation radio.  An infotainment system may also contain standard amplifiers and speakers.
  3. Foster positive environment to create high-achieving team: treat all members with respect, encourage constructive dissent, re-focus team members when they get off-track, give positive feedback whenever it is appropriate, maintain a positive attitude, and reallocate resources in order to meet team commitments.
  4. 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.
  5. Follow corporate product development (or applications) process.  Insure the compliance of team members.
  6. Insure 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.
  7. Understand and co-ordinate with all Functional owners the technical detail of the products used the systems,
  8. Lead team meetings by establishing an agenda, monitoring discussion to insure adherence to agenda, promoting a free exchange of ideas, challenging the pre-conceptions of team-members, finishing the meeting in a timely fashion, and publishing meeting minutes.
  9. Establish program budget.  Highlight areas of budgetary uncertainty due to the speculative nature of infotainment product.  Develop contingency plans for mitigating cost overruns in worst case scenarios.  Manage program budget.
  10. Work with Sales, Supplier Engineering, and Design Engineering to set system cost target.  Highlight areas of cost uncertainty due to the speculative nature of infotainment product.  Develop contingency design plans, to be used when the system cost target cannot be met with initial design direction.  Above all else, meet system cost target.
  11. Work with design engineering to develop development timeline.  Highlight areas of scheduling uncertainty due to the speculative nature of infotainment products.  Communicate these concerns to the appropriate internal departments, as well as the customer.  Develop and maintain a contingency plan to provide the customer with product for launch.
  12. Set team goals for customer issues, and quality.  Lead team to meet goals.
  13. Interact with all internal functions: design engineering, manufacturing, quality, purchasing, marketing, and sales. 
  14. Negotiate resource allocations from functional managers.  When a resource conflict occurs, negotiate a solution with functional managers and other program managers.
  15. Serve as lead program interface with customer. 
  16. Identify program issues as early as possible and drive resolution at the team level.  If resolution requires management intervention, escalate to appropriate management personnel with proposed alternatives.
  17. Audit task completion.  Report major deviations from plan to appropriate management.
  18. Provide monthly reports in requested format.


Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or hard science.  Advanced degree preferred.
  • Twelve years + combined experience in program management,  design engineering, process engineering.  At least 8 years in leadership position (functional manager, group leader, program manager, etc.). 

  • Working knowledge desired in the following areas:  1) Electronics Hardware, 2) Software Development, 4) General automotive program timing, 5) Automotive industry.



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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