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Director, Product Management (Amplifiers)

Novi, Michigan Additional Location: Novi, Michigan Job ID: R-14730-2022

A Career at HARMAN

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About the Role

As a Director of Product Management for global car amplifier product lines, 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. 

You will lead a team, and work closely with, solicit feedback from, and provide leadership to various cross-functional teams including the Global Customer Business Units, Amplifier Platform Engineering, Marketing, and Procurement teams. You will capture the voice of the customer, support the new business acquisition and RFQ pursuits from concept through business award, identify forward-looking technology & associated strategies and define which platform technologies to invest in.

You will drive growth by targeted technology deployment, maximizing the potential for sales and margin by enabling attractive product roadmaps, prioritization of technology, and hardware/software strategy development.  You will anticipate industry trends, build value propositions for the technologies, engage with potential customers, and set the global product strategy.

Your Team

This position currently has one direct report. You and your team will be expected to lead with influence and work with 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

  • Define the product platform: including positioning, cost, performance, and features, to fulfill the overall Car Audio Amplifier product strategy.

  • Own the product from cradle to grave; identify when new platforms/products are needed and when legacy platforms/products should be retired.

  • Create and maintain market and product requirement documents, product roadmaps, and go-to-market plans for each amplifier platform and each amplifier customer.

  • Lead product management processes and discipline for the business unit.

  • Work with other product line directors to establish product management processes and influence business unit culture.

  • Support market and customer analysis: sync with Global Sales/Strategy/Customer Engineering teams, define and size market segments, and determine trends and relevant changes in industry requirements and international law based on close contact with customers and partners.

  • Conduct competitor analyses and analyze competitive landscape/products.

  • Feedback Customer and Competitor intelligence into the refinement of the product strategy and plan.

  • Identify areas for potential partnerships for component or software development and/or manufacturing and identify and recommend potential partners.

  • Provide proactive and innovative ideas on ways to differentiate our products from the competition and “delight” customers.

  • Manage at least one direct employee

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, IT, Business Administration

  • 10-15 years of relevant experience and 5 + years of product management experience. Demonstrated success with B2B or B2B2C products

  • 3+ years of hands-on experience in automotive electronic hardware development

  • Strong Business Acumen, knowledge of business case development and financial metrics

  • Knowledge and curiosity to stay abreast of market trends across industries

  • Strong consumer orientation

  • 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

  • Experience managing direct employees and influencing adjacent teams

  • Pre-Sales or Business development experience

  • Knowledge of hardware and software development best practices

  • Knowledge of managing electronic device platforms

  • Know-how of automotive audio systems

  • MBA a plus

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 10% of domestic and international travel

  • Be willing to work in an office in Novi, MI

  • Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment

What We Offer

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

  • Extensive training opportunities through our own HARMAN University

  • Competitive wellness benefits

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Access to HARMAN Campus Fitness Center and Cafeteria

  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development

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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