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Budapest - Budapest, Hungary
Additional Location:
Garching - Bavaria, Germany - Parking 1-5 Business Campus, Karlsbad - Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, Szekesfehervar - Fejer, Hungary - Aszalvolgyi, Szekesfehervar - Fejer, Hungary - Holland
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Regular - Permanent
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Description & Requirements

About the Role:

The Principal Engineer CO2e & Cost Manufacturing & Outsourcing will work to achieve the Harman sustainability objectives (focused on CO2e), profitability, and growth goals defined by the leadership strategy through a cross-functional collaborative environment with Procurement, Engineering, Customer Account Management, Manufacturing and Suppliers.

You will play a crucial role in developing CO2e & cost assessment methods and tools within the cost engineering team.

  • Create methodology

  • Creating frameworks, models, tools and improvement goals

  • Create calculations

  • Building knowledge at Harman International Corp

  • Training, mentoring other cost engineering team members

  • Monitoring market trends related to CO2e assessments methods, databases

Your Team

This position will report to the Manufacturing & Outsourcing Cost & Sustainability Engineering Lead and will be an individual contributor role with no direct or indirect reports.

What You Will Do

  • Develop HARMAN “best practice” CO2e neutral reference for the Harman Automotive products to a component level:

  • Utilize internal and external databases to build CO2 assessment models that will establish Design-to-Cost, CO2e reduction targets for components, modules, assemblies designed into HARMAN Automotive products.

  • Develop CO2e tools and processes within the cost engineering infrastructure.

  • Lead cost engineering team upskilling with regards to sustainability-specific calculation and reporting.

  • Contribute to the technical definition and implementation of electronic system cost and CO2e modeling solutions, including the identification of analytics that enable trend data to be established.

  • Develop close technical relationships with suppliers to identify best cost solutions, including emerging technologies that provide cost and CO2e improvements.

  • Representing sustainability in overarching initiatives with the objective to integrate sustainability in design and sourcing processes.

  • Support Procurement teams during negotiating events with target CO2e targets.

  • Identify and drive category strategy activities to meet best CO2e solution (based on: new supplier scouting, benchmarking, purchased part relocation – defined category strategy plan including CO2e roadmap) , alignment with cross-functional teams.

  • Closely collaborating with sustainability teams in businesses and corporate departments to ensure a comprehensive implementation.

  • Develop CO2e tools and processes within the value management organization.

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering.

  • Minimum10 years work experience in one or more of the following areas:

    • Manufacturing and assembly of electronical and electrical systems.

    • Sustainability/Cost engineering of electronic systems.

    • Fundamental knowledge in electronic, electrical & mechanical component integrated into an assembly.

  • Demonstrated minimum 5 years of experience with factors impacting design to CO2e.

  • Proven experience in sustainability engineering, environmental management, or a similar role, ideally within a corporate setting.

  • Strong understanding of environmental regulations, sustainability frameworks, and industry best practices.

  • Having proven experience in successfully dealing with decarbonization strategies.

  • Proficiency in data analysis, sustainability reporting, and the use of sustainability software and tools.

  • Technical contribution on review the work of other team members.

  • Ability to solve complex technical topics through structure solutions.  Must be able to influence others to drive alignment on proposed technical solutions.

  • Good presentation skills and demonstrated ability to effectively present complex technical topics.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global organization.

  • Experience working in a fast paced, highly measured, results focused environment.

  • Experience supporting Procurement in supplier negotiations.

  • Accepts overall accountability.

  • Fluency in English.

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s degree in engineering.

  • Minimum 2 years work experience in developing costs models for component, modules, assemblies, Automotive procurement.

  • Experience with automotive electronic systems is highly desirable, including experience selecting and/or recommending automotive grade components.

  • Ability to share knowledge and best practices with teammates.

  • Change Orientation: Able to adapt to changing demands and conditions.

  • Experience in negotiation, on site visiting.

  • Experience in data analytics.

What Makes You Eligible

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

What We Offer

  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work-life integration and collaboration in a global environment.

  • Access to employee discounts on world-class HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG etc.)

  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies.

  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development in an innovative and collaborative culture.

  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program.

  • Work on best-in-class emerging technologies and an atmosphere that pushes you to give your best.


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.