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Sr. Category Manager, Engineering Services Procurement

Farmington Hills, Michigan Additional Location: Farmington Hills, Michigan | Budapest, Hungary Job ID: R-5330-2021

A Career at HARMAN

As a technology leader that is rapidly on the move, HARMAN is filled with people who are focused on making life better. Innovation, inclusivity and teamwork are a part of our DNA. When you add that to the challenges we take on and solve together, you’ll discover that at HARMAN you can grow, make a difference and be proud of the work you do every day.

Position Summary:

This role is responsible for managing the Global External Staffing Spend of $65M, working closely with all Engineering Functions and HR functional and divisional leaders, internal stakeholders and external sources.  Accountable for the year over year expense reduction and other category related targets assigned directly.  Support in achieving the overall category targets and objectives to attain overall budget performance as well as expected internal/external performance. This position reports to the Senior Director, Global Procurement.

Direct responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and execute strategies and sourcing plans that foster the highest level of commitment to continuous improvement in category and service quality, cost, delivery, service, and technology

  • Plans and directs activities within assigned categories to achieve the maximum measurable results

  • Serves as the principal liaison representing Harman external towards suppliers on all commercial and business relationship content, including but not limited to quality, cost, delivery, service, contracts, risks and technology objectives

  • Ensures supplier KPI’s are in place as applicable and needed to audits supplier results, financial performance, and technical capabilities

  • Ensures supplier commercial and operational processes and principles meet Harman’s requirements in support of best cost, financial performance, and technical capabilities

  • Leads, directs and manages any Harman commercial negotiations involving the assigned categories and/or services

  • Collects, and coordinates business and technical requirements from the stakeholder, and supporting functions for negotiations.

  • Drives & Innovates suppliers improvements and performance by identifying and implementing solutions to business problems, independently cross-functional and globally as appropriate within assigned categories

  • Interfaces with functional and business stakeholders as required

  • Execution of stated goals and objectives toward the defined annual operating and strategic plans of Harman International where applicable

  • Critical to acquire a full understanding of various marketplace conditions and environments as well as the regional and global implications

  • Represents Harman supplier interests within Harman towards all functions, levels, and stakeholders regionally and globally as applicable and required within the assigned categories

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Information Technology, Supply Management or related field

  • 10+ years of related experience in Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Management, Program Management, Program Sourcing with a record of increasing responsibility

  • Masters Degree preferred

  • Fieldglass and Ariba knowledge preferred

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10%

  • Willingness to work in an office in Novi, MI or Budapest, HU

  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen (US only)

What We Offer:

  • Access to employee discounts on world-class HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG, etc.)

  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages career development opportunities

  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work-life integration and collaboration in a global environment

  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies

  • Internal talent management leadership acceleration programs

  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program

  • Scholarship programs for employee family members

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. (


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