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Technical Program Manager II

Tokyo, Japan Job ID: R-6039-2021

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

The Program Manager will own the execution of Lifestyle products for a customer base(s).  In this role, the PM will manage the customer interface in Japan and will be the escalation path for the customer.  He/she will participate in program development from inception developing new business opportunities with the sales team to active program development to post-launch maintenance. With a global cross-functional team, he / she will be responsible for planning, managing, and completing the development of Lifestyle products.  The team consists of multidisciplinary groups in NA, India, China, and in Japan.  This position will drive world-class system development to meet customer deliverables and prototype deliveries while driving the team to adhere to high quality processes / standards that ensure zero customer defects.

What You Will Do

  • Manage customer interface and communication strategy with Japan OEMs in Japan.  Ensure assignments from Japan OEMs are well understood, distributed to core teams, and reasonable for Harman success.
  • Build and manage customer relationships in Japan and other locations as needed.
  • Work with customer interface teams to manage issues
  • Support sales team by orchestrating the creation of business cases and technical concept presentations to justify and promote our proposals internally and externally
  • Represent product engineering team in new business opportunities by interfacing with core team  /customer / sales.  Drive business case inputs and product engineering engagement on new technologies.
  • Serve as an internal expert on Japan OEM development processes
  • Analyze and negotiate program schedules with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure product costing targets are achieved for each product.  Maintain records of BOM costs compared to targets; escalate within Harman when targets are not achieved.  Ensure design actions are implemented to recover any cost variance in BOM cost target.
  • Ensure adherence to engineering best practices / processes and facilitate creation of new best practices as appropriate
  • Own and maintain the resource budget and cost of external resources for assigned set of programs. Ensure engineering resources are allocated and qualified to meet the customer requirements.  This includes resources in NA, EU, China, India, and Japan.
  • Ensure engineering teams have equipment and facilities needed to meet customer requirements. 
  • Back up colleagues in Japan Office and program management team as appropriate.
  • Oversee decisions regarding product content, budget and timing to ensure the product is on-time, on-schedule, on-quality, and meets all customer acceptance criteria (Performance and Features).
  • Manage product risk proactively, identify engineering risks and coordinate meetings with the cross-functional team to address risks before they become issues.
  • Evaluate and track program metrics to measure program success.  Update processes where needed to address customer-specific requirements.  Ensure all supporting departments are meeting program targets and Harman processes.
  • Ensure customer requirements are communicated throughout Harman engineering teams.  Ensure customer requirements are met with the product designed. Manage customer interface teams to clarify requirements when needed

What You Need

  • Bachelors in Engineering, Masters preferred
  • 5+ years related technical experience
  • 2+ years experience in technical program management or customer resident engineering
  • Proficient in Japanese language
  • Able to communicate in English (spoken and written)
  • Experience as a supplier to Japanese carmakers
  • Experience managing global teams
  • Experience in consulting and/or client-facing role is preferred
  • Must have general knowledge of automotive engineering.
  • Must be able to articulate vision and influence decision making outcomes with internal stakeholders, external suppliers, and the customer.
  • Must have a "whatever-it-takes" attitude using diplomatic leadership skills within a collaborative teamwork environment to accomplish the necessary results.
  • Proven and effective communication, analytical, judgment, initiative and execution skills.
  • Willingness to help your colleagues

What is Nice to Have

  • Expertise in driving complex cost reduction projects and program deliverables
  • Business acumen
  • Analytical thinking
  • Drive for Results, Team Player, Change Orientation, Customer Focus, Self Awareness
  • Experience with managing distributed development teams is preferred

What Makes You Eligible

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time

What We Offer

  • We offer an authentic diverse, equal, and inclusive work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development in a truly global organization.
  • You will work on products and services that touch people’s lives and will change the industrial standards, being a part of the transformations in our industry.
  • Our work environments are fast paced, challenging, empowering, collaborative, flexible and exciting.
  • We offer our own HARMAN University with regular updates on the new technologies and trends by utilizing various sessions organized by Self Learning and Development Trainings to help grow and advance talent.
  • We offer competitive compensation/benefit programs and recognition programs.

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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  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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