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Senior Director of Global Learning & Development (m/f/d)

Garching, Germany Job ID: 118841

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.

About the Role

As the Senior Director of Global Learning & Development, you will lead the global design and implementation of learning and development strategies and programs to support HARMAN’s business strategy and growth objectives. You will manage a global team to support individual, team and organizational learning in four Academies: Business, Functional, Engineering and Leadership. You will apply leading-class learning practices incorporating technology, social learning and leader involvement to engage learners and support high performance. In this role you will be responsible for establishing and managing a learning board in consultation with each division and the corporate functions to deliver quality, cost-effective and sustainable learning programs for HARMAN’s professional workforce.

Your Team

In this role, you will report to the Vice President, Global Talent Management, Diversity & Corporate Human Resources. You will have the opportunity to lead a team of 22 unique individuals, including 4 direct reports: 3 Directors L&D; 1 Manager, L&D Operations.

What You Will Do

  • Drive HARMAN University’s strategic long-term roadmap in alignment with the business plans, securing the company’s capability development required for business success, including developing and managing the University budget
  • Build and grow relationships with C-Suite, Senior Business/HR Leaders and key stakeholders to be trusted partner and advisor on organizational learning needs across each learning Academy
  • Establish global vendor management processes with international business schools, leadership and technical consulting firms, and learning service providers to provide high quality, cost-effective learning solutions
  • Conduct needs analysis and provide consultative support to design and deliver effective learning solutions with blended approach; programs may focused on the entire professional level workforce or may be focused on targeted populations
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of training curriculum to support business strategy and culture of high performance and inclusiveness
  • Create and implement operational and technical strategy to outline course authoring standards, internal/external content hosting approach, technology compatibility and functionality requirements, ensure data security and GDPR compliance and provide user/customer support
  • Develop and implement a communication strategy to market learning and development programs, contributing significantly to the Employer Value Proposition of the company in attracting key talent

What You Need

  • 10 - 12 years of experience designing and implementing learning strategies with a focus on improving leadership, organizational learning, and technical development in large, global complex organizations
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources, Organizational Development or related field
  • Minimum of 8 years supervisory experience
  • Proficient knowledge of instructional design, experience creating training using various authoring tools, experience implementing and/or managing LMS systems, tools and resources
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to create clear, concise executive-level presentations or positioning documents

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s Degree with a focus in Adult Education, Organizational Development or related discipline
  • Certification e.g. SPHR, SHRM-SCP or CPLP
  • Vendor management experience
  • Demonstrated success implementing innovative and cutting-edge training techniques and learning technologies

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 30%, international travel required
  • Be willing to work in an office in Farmington Hills, MI, USA or Munich, Germany, or Bangalore, India (the ideal candidate can be based in any of the aforementioned countries)

Our Offer:

  • Be part of an international team working with the world's largest automotive manufacturers
  • Attractive salary package
  • Employer contribution to company pension plan
  • Extensive technical trainings
  • Career development opportunities
  • A great package of additional benefits such as
    • flexible working time
    • free parking spaces
    • language courses
    • sportevents like the B2Run or a skiing trip
    • daily lunch allowances
    • employee discounts on our HARMAN (JBL, AKG, HARMAN Kardon) and Samsung products
    • and much more...

The position is vacant in Garching, near Munich, Bavaria, Germany.


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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