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Director, Automotive Strategy

Company: HARMAN International
Location: Novi
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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About the Role

HARMAN Corporate Strategy team is looking for Strategy Change Agent for the Automotive Division. The Director of Automotive Strategy will play a key role in driving Division-wide initiatives and analyzing global information and business metrics within the Automotive segment.  The Director of Automotive Strategy will support and play a key role in influencing key strategic decisions through various projects including competitive,  market, and business analyses.

What You Will Do

  • Work closely with VP, Corporate Strategy, and Organization Leaders to craft strategic plans for the future of the Automotive Division and business units.
  • Research and gather intelligence related to all facets of automotive market trends (macro-economic, regional, multi-segment) as well as the changing market and industry dynamics and solutions to build a business case to support a go-to-market strategy for Automotive business initiatives
  • Collaborate with Automotive SBUs to create and maintain the total addressable market  as well as current market share data for Harman and market leaders
  • Develop detailed, 360 degrees, profiles of key competitors and craft strategies for competing against them
  • Identify attractive adjacencies and proactively develop competitive gap analysis and recommendations
  • Evaluate HARMAN  Automotive positioning within the target market segment and analyze the overall effect of trends that may have an impact on core business and growth initiatives
  • Facilitate innovation process and drive new business models
  • Lead and manage specific innovation Goals & Objectives (G&O) projects with cross-functional teams
  • Assist in the creation of business plans and conduct high-level financial modeling to support strategic initiatives and evaluate global opportunities 
  • Lead development of annual Automotive Strategy document


What You Need

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science
  • 12+ years of total experience with 5+ years in strategy/business planning role
  • Experience with Software and Services business models and B2B industry transformations
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to perform advanced calculations, compile data, and prepare charts and reports
  • Expert presentation skills to effectively deliver complex data-driven insights to senior executives
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong and effective relationships across technical and business teams globally (internal and external)
  • Ability to learn new concepts, technologies, and businesses quickly and to produce high-quality work in short time frames
  • Ability to use common sense working in high integrity, high standard, professional, and entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time
  • Experience in the global automotive market and industry analysis concepts


What is Nice to Have

  • MBA or Master’s degree in Engineering
  • 5+ year experience in strategy at Fortune 500 Company 
  • Working knowledge of Automotive B2B space (Infotainment / Cloud & services)
  • Excellent writing skills (reports, white papers)
  • High proficiency in financial modeling and executive presentations


What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 30%, domestic only OR domestic and international travel
  • Be willing to work in an office in Novi, MI
  • Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment
  • This position requires the use of a HARMAN or customer-owned vehicle.  As such, any offer of employment will be contingent upon having a clean driving record, which will be evaluated and determined in HARMAN’s sole discretion, no more than 4 active points for moving violations (issued by any motor vehicle agency), and no references to operating a vehicle under the influence of controlled substances within the last 10 years.


What We Offer

  • Access to employee discounts on world-class HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG, etc.)
  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages career development opportunities
  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work-life integration and collaboration in a global environment
  • On-site opportunities to focus on personal well-being and development such as onsite café, fitness center, weekly massage, fitness classes, and other onsite events promoted by our Employee resource groups
  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies
  • Internal talent management leadership acceleration programs
  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program
  • Scholarship programs for employee family members






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. (


Keywords: HARMAN International, Novi , Director, Automotive Strategy, Other , Novi, Michigan

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