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Director, Indirect Procurement

Date: Jan 3, 2019

Location: Stamford, CT, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 114654 

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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. 


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position will have direct oversight to 3 Indirect Category Managers located in North America, EUR and Asia. 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee, conduct, and actively manage the end-to-end strategic sourcing and procurement process for Marketing, HR, Professional Services and Travel Categories – representing $300MM in annual spend
  • Provide thought leadership and innovative strategies for optimizing sourcing effectiveness
  • Coordinate and work with both corporate and regional stakeholders to standardize corporate-wide product specifications and establish and implement long-term strategic goals to continually enhance Harman’s market position
  • Lead corporate-wide teams to establish specifications, processes, policies, and procedures to manage demand for assigned categories
  • Establish strong vendor relationships, effectively manage category supply base, perform advanced and intricate negotiations, and oversee selection of key vendors
  • Ensure expedient and compliant implementation of new contracts throughout organization
  • Actively monitor vendor and internal performance against contracts, industry benchmarks, and previous baselines on a quarterly basis
  • Develop and submit reports for senior management
  • Identify and evaluate market changes and new technologies -- make appropriate fact-based recommendations for adoption by Harman stakeholders
  • Manage and/or lead preparation and evaluation of RFIs and RFPs
  • Oversee roll-out of new vendor contracts and processes to all users
  • Track and report on performance metrics

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in business or equivalent
  • 10+ years of procurement experience
  • Prior experience in sourcing and negotiating Indirect goods and services in a Fortune 500 environment using strategic category management techniques to achieve results
  • Experience in successfully using benchmarking and cost analysis tools to deliver negotiation outcomes to exceed the market index
  • Prior experience managing a global staff of at least 3+ employees, and numerous dotted line reports
  • Must possess the social intelligence to influence and lead at the most senior levels within the organization


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Business Administration or related field; 5+ years experience in job offered
  • 5 years of Marketing, HR, Travel, or Professional Services sourcing experience
  • Thorough program/project management skills
  • Supplier management skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Thorough contract development/analysis skills
  • Thorough supplier evaluation skills
  • Thorough price/cost analysis skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Good risk management skills
  • Excellent market research and trend analysis skills
  • Strong strategic/long-range planning skills
  • Good financial analysis skills


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Willingness to work in an office in Stamford, CT
  • Willingness to submit to a background screen and a drug test



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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