Procurement Manager – Software Engineering Services
Harman International - Farmington Hills, MI

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Company Summary:
Harman International Industries, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the manufacture of high-quality, high-fidelity audio and electronic products for automotive, consumer and professional use. It is the parent company behind an array of legendary brands that includes Harman Kardon®, JBL®, Mark Levinson® and Infinity®. The Company has developed, both internally and through a series of acquisitions, a range of product offerings. It operates in three segments: Automotive, Consumer and Professional. The Automotive segment designs, manufactures and markets audio, electronic and infotainment systems for vehicle applications primarily to be installed as original equipment by automotive manufacturers. The Consumer segment designs, manufactures and markets audio, video and electronic systems for home, mobile and multimedia applications. The Professional segment designs, manufactures and markets loudspeakers and electronic systems used by audio professionals in concert halls, stadiums, airports, houses of worship and theme attractions. For more than 50 years, our legendary brands have taken a leading role in the creation and innovation of progressive technologies, from the world's first car radio in 1948 to today's most revolutionary infotainment systems.
Job Title: Procurement Manager - Software Engineering Services
Reporting To: Global Category Manager - SES

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Manage and make critical decisions on all aspects of supplier relationship including contracts, commercial/pricing, supply assurance and conflict resolution
  • Implement and execute category strategies through alignment with Harman International business units, engineering, quality, manufacturing activities. Requires knowledge of the business units technology and product roadmaps and specific expertise in procurement and manufacturing cost structure
  • The role requires a sophisticated level of relationship management interfacing with CEOs and business presidents of global suppliers, requiring balancing of interests to maintain mutually beneficial relationships
  • Coordination of mid and executive level engagement between procurement, supply chain functions and senior stake holders within the business unit. This person will be an escalation/communication point for Harman International and the supply partner
  • Align category strategy with supply chain and business requirements
  • Establish consistent commercial terms/conditions
  • Execute effective supplier negotiations and event driven cost reductions to meet annual cost reduction goals
  • Build appropriate senior level supplier relationships
  • Drive supplier rationalization strategy to maximize category leverage
  • Manage the bid and quote process
  • Serve as a point of contact for business unit sourcing issues and opportunities related to Software engineering services category
  • Establish goals, improvement plans, business reviews and monthly reporting related to areas of responsibility
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree (Engineering degree desired)
  • Five to eight years of strategic, technical procurement experience
  • Strong knowledge of the Software Development Life Cycle
  • Strong negotiation and relationship building skills
  • Success in collaborating with key work partners and able to maintain relationships at the executive level
  • Strong presentation and writing skills
  • Ability to gather relevant information systematically; consider a broad range of issues or factors; grasp complexities and perceive the relationship among problems or issues; seek input from others
  • Establish challenging performance standards; work with enthusiasm, a feeling of investment, and a desire to excel
  • Ability to speak clearly and express self well in groups and in one-to-one conversations
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness to effectively leverage and focus resources across organizational/geographic boundaries
Desired Characteristics:
  • Demonstrate business ethics; show consistency among principles, values, and behavior; build trust with others through own authenticity and follow-through on commitment
  • Drive for results and success; convey a sense of urgency and drive issues to closure; persist despite obstacles and opposition
  • Handle day-to-day work challenges confidently; willing and able to adjust to multiple demands, shifting priorities, ambiguity, and rapid change; show resilience in the face of constraints, frustrations, or adversity; demonstrate flexibility
  • Step forward to address difficult issues; deal directly with important problems; challenge the status quo; stand firm when necessary; drive hard on the right issues
  • Relate to people in an open, friendly, accepting manner; shows sincere interest in others and their concerns
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Willingness to travel 15% of the time
  • Willingness to work in Farmington Hills, MI
  • Willingness to submit to a background screen and a drug test

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