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DE_Garching_Parkring 1-5
Additional Location:
Gothenburg - Sweden, Karlsbad - Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Regular - Permanent
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Description & Requirements

About the Role

The Software Program Manager is responsible for the SW development lifecycle in the planning, development, launch, and closure phases of a program.  The SW PM will be the primary technical interface for SW development between the customer internal stakeholders.  The responsibility includes planning the product development and testing, actively managing the gating SW deliverables, and reporting status against the plan.  This role will report to the Sr. Director, SW Only Project Engineering, Car Audio SBU.

Your Team

This position has no direct reports. The role works closely with other team members, including Solution Management, SW Program Managers, Software Project Leads, Acoustic Engineers, and Customer Program Managers to drive successful project delivery to meet timing, cost, and quality.

What You Will Do

  • Build and manage customer relationships at a working team level (Customer Program Release Engineers)
  • Make decisions regarding software build content and timing (Performance and Features), translate it into engineering level plan, this includes identifying dependencies and road blockers.
  • Gate the Software Development Release lifecycle to ensure customer acceptance of each release to ensure product acceptance for launch
  • Manage program risk proactively, identify program risks and coordinate meetings with the PM and multi-discipline functions to address risks before they become issues
  • Evaluate project management processes and metrics to track and measure project success (Manage all product delivery elements)
  • Represent the program Internally to Sr. Management during program, quality and operations reviews.
  • Lead the program adherence to follow standard Harman processes and maintain program and customer-related documentation
  • Be the primary escalation point for both internal and external project software communications for the dedicated customer project
  • Resolve conflicts between internal and customer engineering groups.
  • Will be involved in multiple software development lifecycles. 
  • Be able to manage multiple programs from requirements to delivery.
  • Be able to solve complex design issues and take calculated risks.

What You Need

  • Ph.D. degree in Engineering or related field and 4 years of experience in corporate or academic research; alternatively, Master’s Degree in above-mentioned fields and 8 years of experience in research and development or Bachelor’s Degree and 12 years’ experience
  • 10-15 years of systems engineering, requirements management, or related background
  • Proven technical leadership within the technology industry or automotive industry
  • Must be able to articulate vision and influence decision making outcomes with internal stakeholders, external suppliers, and the customer
  • Experience managing external and internal vendors/partners
  • Strong communication skills (written & spoken) to explain technology concepts to non-technical audiences
  • High-quality mindset to develop software with best industry practices
  • Passion for Audio quality and performance

What is Nice to Have

  • Practical experience in related areas such as system design, hardware/software design, and real-time embedded applications
  • Previous experience in all phases of the software development process (Requirements, Scope, Design/Plan, Develop, Test, and Customer Acceptance.)

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 10%, domestic only OR domestic and international travel
  • Be willing to work hybrid in an office in Garching / Karlsbad, Germany

What We Offer

  • Flexible work environment, allowing for full-time remote work globally for positions that can be performed outside a HARMAN or customer location.
  • Access to employee discounts on world-class Harman and Samsung products (JBL, HARMAN Kardon, AKG, etc.)
  • Extensive training opportunities through our own HARMAN University
  • Competitive wellness benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Access to HARMAN Campus Fitness Center and Cafeteria
  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development.

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HARMAN is proud to be an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.