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Novi - Michigan, USA - Cabot Drive
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Description & Requirements

About the Role

The Software Program Manager is responsible for the software development lifecycle in a program's planning, development, launch, and closure phases.  The person will be the primary technical interface for software development between the customer and internal stakeholders.  The responsibility includes planning the product development and testing, actively managing the gating software deliverables, and reporting status against the plan.

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), and translate it into an engineering-level plan, this includes identifying dependencies and roadblockers.

  • 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 senior management during the 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. 

  • 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, a Master’s Degree in the fields mentioned above and 8 years of experience in research and development or a Bachelor’s Degree and 12 years of 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%, domestically

  • Be willing to work in an office in Novi, Michigan, USA

  • Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment

What We Offer

  • 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.


Pay Transparency
USD 100,125 - USD 146,850

Dependent on the position offered, other forms of compensation are also available, such as bonuses or commission.

Pay is based on a wide range of factors, including, without limitation, skill set, experience, training, location, and business need. While the above range is a reasonable estimate of the wage range for this position, please note the disclosed range estimate has not been adjusted for the applicable geographical differential associated with the location where the position may be filled.

HARMAN is interested in the health and wellbeing of you and your family and offers a range of benefits designed to support your needs for holistic wellbeing. Benefits and perks may vary depending on the nature of your employment with HARMAN, and may include paid vacation and holidays, paid sick leave, volunteer leave, and paid bonding and care giver leave. Employees may also be eligible to participate in comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans, fertility support and adoption assistance, Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts, retirement savings plan with employer match, short and long term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.

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.