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DE_Karlsbad_Becker Göring Straße 16
Additional Location:
Garching, Germany | Karlsbad, Germany
Job Family:
Supply Chain Management
Worker Type Reference:
Regular - Permanent
Pay Rate Type:

Description & Requirements

About the Role

The Principal Cost engineer Manufacturing & Outsourcing Modules & equipment work to achieve the profitability and growth goals defined by the leadership strategy through a cross-functional collaborative environment with Procurement, Engineering, Customer Account Management, Manufacturing and Suppliers.

Your Team

This position will report to the Cost Engineering lead and will be an individual contributor role with no direct or indirect reports.

What You Will Do

  • Define internal and external databases to build cost models that will establish Design-to-Cost targets for components, modules, assemblies designed into HARMAN Automotive products
  • Define the HARMAN “best practice” cost reference for the Harman Automotive products to a component level:
  • Analyze and drive cost breakdowns from supplier quotes and understand all cost influent factors
  • Lead the technical definition and implementation of electronic system cost modeling solutions, including the identification of analytics that enable trend data to be established.
  • Drive close technical relationships with suppliers to identify best cost solutions, including emerging technologies that provide cost improvements
  • Proactively work with Engineering & Product Sourcing teams during the new business quoting phase to establish reference cost targets
  • Proactive participation during negotiating events

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • Minimum 10 years work experience in the following areas:
    • Manufacturing and assembly of electronical and electrical systems
    • Cost engineering of electronic systems
    • Commercial basics in Procurement, controlling and accounting
    • Fundamental knowledge in electronic, electrical & mechanical component integrated into an assembly
    • Experience with complex assemblies, PCBAs, PCB, Manufacturing equipment & Automation
  • Experience with complex components, modules, assemblies
  • Proven technical leadership with demonstrated ability to lead and review the work of other cost engineers
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical topics through structure solutions.  Must be able to influence others to drive alignment on proposed technical solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to breakdown component costs into the constituent costs
  • Excellent presentation skills and demonstrated ability to effectively present complex technical topics
  • Experience working in a fast paced, highly measured, results focused environment
  • Proven team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global organization
  • Leading role in cross-functional teams to achieve financial and/or transformational targets
  • Fluency in English

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s degree in engineering
  • Minimum 3 years work experience in developing costs models for component, modules, assemblies
  • Experience with automotive electronic systems is highly desirable, including experience selecting and/or recommending automotive grade components
  • Demonstrated ability to share knowledge and best practices with teammates
  • Change Orientation: Able to adapt to changing demands and conditions

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 20%, domestic and international travel

What We Offer

  • HARMAN offers a diverse and inclusive work environment that fosters and encourages career development opportunities, professional training and competitive market base compensation. You will also receive top-notch employee discounts on Harman’s Consumer Audio (JBL, AKG, HARMAN Kardon) and Samsung products
  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work life integration and collaboration in a global friendly working atmosphere and good work-life-balance
  • Attractive salary package based on the Metall & Elektro Tarif Baden Wurttemberg and an Employer contribution towards a company pension plan
  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies which also includes extensive technical trainings
  • Internal talent management leadership acceleration programs
  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program



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.