Director, Product & Platform Planning
HARMAN International
Shenzhen, Guangdong

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 This position will be responsible for driving and implementing platform strategies across product categories and brands.

Platforming is a strategic decision to unify experience across Harman products. This role will drive initiatives across business units, regions, functional teams and external partners.

Second responsibility of this role is to professionally analyst new market opportunities. Close communication with the regional sales team and product team to explore sensible segment for Harman to invest.

Your Team The position will report to SVP, Global Product Strategy, General Management of Consumer Audio. It will have 1-2 direct report. What You Will Do

  • Develop clear platform strategy / roadmaps across product categories and brands.
  • Translates the platform strategy and vision into actionable items with a rolling 2-years technology and product roadmap.
  • Define market-winning solutions that differentiate us from our competitors and elevate the user experience
  • Develop a consistent means of communicating key strategy and roadmap documents. Be the ambassador within Harman and external parties to promote the platform.
  • Identify and develop new product opportunities globally. Work closely with regional sales team to identify potential opportunity.
  • Perform structural analysis to evaluate feasibility, profitability, and practicality of product concepts.
  • Work with the different BU to come up with a go / no-go decision
  • What You Need

  • 10-15 years of related product management and marketing experience in bringing innovative products that matter to consumers to market.
  • Should have prior experience in Engineering or Supply Chain Operations.

  • Demonstrated Track Record of Growth : ability to grow and extend existing product lines, and at the same time develop and commercialize new products in a timely and profitable manner.
  • Experience developing a product roadmap. Success across a variety of business models is helpful.

  • High Customer Orientation : recognition and credibility with the customer as a trusted, collaborative and productive partner.
  • Understands what it takes to win in the market place.

  • High Financial Aptitude : successful experience in a P&L role with strong business acumen; analytical and numbers-driven decision making.
  • Project Management Skills : exceptional planning and organizational skills. Experience participating in matrix, global, cross-functional teams, which require collaborative planning with members of other sales groups, product groups, operations, marketing, etc.
  • Results and Detail Oriented : holds others accountable for commitments.
  • BS Degree is required technical preferred
  • MBA highly desired marketing preferred
  • What is Nice to Have

  • Change Agent : HARMAN has prided itself historically on developing the industry’s highest-quality and ground-breaking technological audio products.
  • As a result, the company has been heavily engineering-centric and task-oriented. The new SBU Car Audio Services requires the new Sr.

    Director of Product Management to be a change agent, in a way that brings discipline to the new product development process, a more results-oriented approach to the work at hand, and a consumer-centric view and design-driven innovation to the planning process.

    Success will be measured not only by product superiority, but also by new product contribution margin, timeliness-to-market, and cost of quality.

    HARMAN wants to "re-invent" the category and be a top market share and profit share leader.

  • Innovation Orientation : A critical contribution of this executive is to develop the product roadmap and improve the New Product Introduction (NPI) process.
  • The first task at hand is to revitalize the new product pipeline in which HARMAN currently competes. Specifically, the need is to boost new product revenue by at least $20 million per year, with improvement in contribution margins.

    This may be a one-to-two year undertaking; however, the longer term challenge is to put HARMAN back into the driver’s "audio" seat as it relates to developing truly novel innovation by creating new-to-the-world products in which to compete.

  • Team Building and Communication : In the context of a company that has historically worked in silos, this executive will be expected to be at the center of a global, cross-functional team with accountability for aligning the SBU around the New Product agenda.
  • This will entail not only the management of the Product Line Managers who are direct reports, but also working closely with the externally focused and high commercial Region Business Unit leaders, as well as the engineering & sourcing teams whose technical expertise will need to be directed toward the projects deemed to be most promising in the market.

    This executive will be successful by demonstrating an ability to work with and understand the engineering behind the technology, but also by demonstrating an innate ability to connect with consumers and customers to bring new products to market that will be meaningful, and therefore will be in high demand.

  • Bridge-builder; roll-up-the-sleeves team player.
  • Analytical and results-oriented.
  • Culturally sensitive enough to bring the existing team in a different direction.
  • Great communicator : oral, written, presentations.
  • Operations and execution focused.
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