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Senior Manager, Program Management

Novi, Michigan Job ID: 120579 Additional locations: None

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.

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About the Role

The HARMAN X Program Manager is responsible for the overall program delivery of the projects that the HARMAN X team invests. The Program Manager will be the primary contact regarding schedule and delivery status. They will be responsible for planning and managing the end-to-end program through the innovation, incubation, and commercialization phases – including managing the Gate process, reporting on project status and program, anticipating and mitigating risks, and ensuring the HARMAN X team is enabled to complete their projects within the given scope, timeframe, and quality expectation. They will maintain the relationship between the participating parties and have overall ownership of the schedule, scope, and budget for all HARMAN X programs.

Your Team

You will initially act as an individual contributor and therefore have no direct reports. However, you will lead and collaborate with project members from the Business Units as well as others in HARMAN X and thus must have the necessary experience to influence and drive the right outcome. As the list of projects warrants, you may need to add direct reports to properly manage the deliverables of HARMAN X as approved by the Chief Technology Officer.

What You Will Do

  • Lead global, distributed teams and drive HARMAN X projects
  • Ensure the overall success and on-time delivery of committed projects
  • Manage program risk proactively, identify program risks and coordinate meetings with management and multi-discipline functions to address risks before they become issues
  • Design and deploy project management processes and metrics to track and measure project success
  • Provide weekly program status updates via agreed-to template. Represent the HARMAN X programs to senior management during Gate approval, program, quality, and operations reviews
  • Lead the program adherence to follow standard HARMAN processes and maintain program and customer-related documentation
  • Be the primary escalation point for both internal and external program communications for the extended team
  • Set direction and influence cross-department engagement for program execution and drive synchronization across multiple program teams
  • Track and report progress of programs to internal and external stakeholders
  • Prepare and be accountable for HARMAN X budgets

What You Need

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Computer Engineering
  • Must be able to articulate vision and influence decision making/outcomes with internal stakeholders, external suppliers, and customers
  • Must have a "whatever-it-takes" attitude using diplomatic leadership skills within a collaborative teamwork environment to accomplish the necessary results
  • Demonstrable track record for successfully managing complex, global projects
  • Proven ability to track and drive action items so that the team maintains their committed schedules, deliverables, and expected level of quality.
  • Proven and effective communication, analytical, judgment, initiative and execution skills
  • 10+ years of related experience in program management, project leadership, and/or account management
  • Recent significant systems/software experience with complex solution development
  • Comfortable working in ambiguity and leading teams through innovation uncertainty

What is Nice to Have

  • PMP certification
  • Experience in consulting and/or client-facing role
  • Strong technology background in system design, software architectures, artificial intelligence, and embedded systems

What Makes You Eligible

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

What We Offer

  • Access to employee discounts on world-class HARMAN products (JBL, HARMAN Kardon, etc.)
  • Extensive training opportunities through HARMAN University
  • Access to HARMAN Novi 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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