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Project Manager, Governance

Richardson, Texas Job ID: 129034 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

Harman Professional SBU is looking for Project Manager, Governance who can set the standard for Portfolio Management, Project Reporting, Project processes / practices, and more.

The Project Excellence Team will consist of three full-time roles: Governance, Support, and Control.

As the Project Manager, Governance, you are expected to provide strong leadership to the entire Portfolio Management process and its execution. Strong project or program management and excellent organizational skills are fundamental, as this is the ability to liaise with people at all levels of the organization.

Your Team

As an individual contributor, you will be part of a 4-5 team where at least one of them is located abroad. You need to be flexible to run multiple teams that work in different countries such as the US, India, Denmark, and China.

What You Will Do

  • Set up the standard for Portfolio Management, Project Reporting, Project processes / practices. Lead key process improvement projects based on analysis, continuously support the PMO organization’s strategic target improvement.
  • Support the PMO central repository of documentation and processes including the PM Toolkit.
  • Train the users across the function teams to gain a fairly good understanding of what the process is and how to use the templates properly to execute the process. Knowing where it has to be implemented and where there is flexibility is particularly critical for daily work.
  • Proactively engage with different organization levels and function teams to identify opportunities for continuous process improvements.
  • Facilitates the sharing of best practices through informal communities of action, PMO collaboration, and/or formal training sessions to enable a consistent approach across all projects.

What You Will Need

  • Bachelor's degree in business, finance, engineering, quality, or similar field of study.
  • Minimum of 5-year product development related experience, a good understanding of NPI (new product introduction) and product lifecycle management.
  • Comfortable with changing requirements and mid-program changes, able to connect the dots.
  • Demonstrated data-driven and pro-active decision making or quantitative analysis skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks under time constraints.

What is Nice to Have

  • MBA or other business advanced degree preferred.
  • Proven experience in leading multiple continuous improvement projects in large scale cross-functional organization preferred.
  • Experience on launch PPM tool preferred.
  • Prefer someone with experience in a PMO environment.

What Makes You Eligible

  • Willingness to work in an office in Richardson, TX.
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

What We Offer

  • Access to employee discounts on world-class HARMAN products (JBL, HARMAN Kardon, etc.).
  • Opportunity to collaborate with talented teams across the globe and make an impact on our business.
  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development.
  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work-life integration.


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. (

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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  2. Senior Engineer

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  3. Principal Engineer

    Principal Engineers are recognized as an emerging expert. They lead the conceptualization, design, implementation and testing of technologies, tools, or process while consistently demonstrating technical expertise and ingenuity. They demonstrate the ability to plan, define, and execute projects with no supervision. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 12 years’ experience.

  4. Senior Principal Engineer

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  5. Distinguished Engineer

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  6. Fellow

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  7. Senior Fellow

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