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Senior Software Product Manager, Sound Systems (m/f/d)

Garching bei München, Germany, Karlsbad, Germany, France, Solihull, United Kingdom, Struer, Denmark Job ID: R-13302-2022

HARMAN’s engineers and designers are creative, purposeful and agile. As part of this team, you’ll combine your technical expertise with innovative ideas to help drive cutting-edge solutions in the car, enterprise and connected ecosystem. Every day, you will push the boundaries of creative design, and HARMAN is committed to providing you with the opportunities, innovative technologies and resources to build a successful career.

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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 a Senior Sound System Software Product Manager, you will join the Car Audio Business Unit within the Automotive Division at HARMAN International. You will partner with a team that is dedicated to defining, designing, and developing emerging sound experiences.  

The Senior Software as a Product Manager leads a global matrix team of experts to drive and define the Product, Platform strategy, and GTM plans for 15+ established software products, and new software product ideas.  You will create and develop consumer-centric product roadmaps, define innovative business models across the Car Audio Software as a Product portfolio, and align those with HARMAN’s greater Automotive portfolio. 

You will create compelling and differentiated product propositions based on market needs, consumer segments, customer needs, and technical feasibility, aligned to overarching product strategy; while ensuring product delivery from ideation to core product release. This position will drive revenue and margin expansion of existing and new product lines by partnering closely with HARMAN customer groups including pricing strategies through the Car Audio business unit.

Your Team

While this is an individual contributor role, you will be expected to lead with influence and work with a cross-functional team members drawn from all relevant functions within the business in a matrix organization. This team will be empowered and aligned around company objectives. Excellent communication and leadership skills will be key to success.

What You Will Do

  • Directly responsible for Product Definition, Market and Product Requirements definition and documents (including Go to Market plans), Business case development for reference product, product related budget forecasting, and matrix management of Engineering teams developing the reference platform and products. 
  • Define a Software Product Portfolio that enables the Car Audio Business Unit to exceed its 2025 business targets and align with market insights. 
  • With OEM customer and consumer needs in mind, analyze appropriate customer insights, market data, technology, product trends, and competitive landscape; determine necessary consumer and market studies, Proofs of Concept, and research projects to define user stories and use cases to translate into product requirements.
  • Define, develop, and curate a 5 year detailed rolling iterative product roadmap and release calendar for each product that allows HARMAN to lead in the market.
  • Identify the Go-To-Market approach and plan, including reference business case, recommended pricing; work with customer groups to create customer specific roadmaps, pursuit plans, and support RFQs
  • Manage structured reviews and adapt scope of product concepts based on established product requirements, product maturity, corporate strategy, and market opportunities
  • Work closely with engineering teams to deliver product activity estimates and deliverables with quick time-to-market and optimal resources
  • Work with the Business Development team to Develop and maintain an ecosystem of partners that contribute to HARMAN’s business model and position in the value chain
  • Define Make vs Buy options in upcoming technology areas that may be of interest to the Business Unit as part of its growth strategies
  • Work with Finance Controlling and Engineering groups to define and control the overall reference business case and budget on platform and product investments for the BU. 
  • Work with marketing and business pursuit teams, help craft training documentation, an effective marketing pitch, launch and activation materials, and support showcasing Product solutions at different venues like CES, Geneva, and Technology days.

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, IT, Business Administration
  • Software as a product (SaaP) experience
  • 5 + years of product management experience. Demonstrated success with B2B or B2B2C products
  • 3+ years of hands on experience working in software development
  • Knowledge and curiosity to stay abreast of market trends across industries
  • Appreciation for UX and design
  • Strong consumer orientation
  • “whatever it takes” attitude
  • Demonstrated credibility with B2B customers as a trusted, collaborative, and productive partner
  • Proven record of developing product and marketing strategies and effectively communicating recommendations to senior leadership

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration
  • Experience working in the sound software domain (voice, audio, noise management).
  • Senior Pre-Sales or Business development experience
  • Experience working in a matrix, global, cross-functional organization by collaborating with key stakeholders in sales, product operations, marketing, and engineerin

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up 50%, domestic and international travel

What We Offer

  • World class teams to help you do your job right:  Harman’s Automotive Strategy group, Innovation & Technology team, Research & UX Design team, Engineering, Purchasing, Sales, and Marketing teams.
  • Access to employee discounts on world class HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG etc.)
  • 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
  • On-site opportunities to focus on personal well-being and development such as, onsite café, fitness center, weekly massage, fitness classes, and other onsite events promoted by our Employee resource groups
  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies



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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    Recognized as a technical expert, Senior Principal Engineers consistently demonstrate high levels of technical expertise, ingenuity and creativity. They develop and apply advanced technologies, engineering principles, theories and concepts, and have broad knowledge about the design and operation of systems outside of their specialty. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 16 years’ experience.

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  7. Senior Fellow

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