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US_Mountain View_636 Ellis Street, US_Novi_30001 Cabot Drive
Additional Location:
Mountain View, United States of America | Novi, United States of America
Job Family:
Supply Chain Management
Worker Type Reference:
Regular - Permanent
Pay Rate Type:

Description & Requirements

About the Role

The Senior Principal Cost Engineer, Visual Systems works 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 and lead the integration of internal and external databases to build cost models that will establish Design-to-Cost targets for assemblies, and modules, designed into HARMAN Automotive products
  • Define and drive the HARMAN “best practice” cost reference for the Harman Automotive products to a component level:
  • Analyze and lead cost breakdowns from supplier quotes and understand all cost-influent factors for Benchmark purposes
  • Lead and drive the technical definition and implementation of electronic system cost modeling solutions, including the identification of analytics that enable trend data to be established.
  • Establish close technical relationships with suppliers to identify best cost solutions, including emerging technologies that provide cost improvements
  • Leading collaboration with Engineering & Product Sourcing teams during the new business quoting phase to establish reference cost targets
  • Contribute and Co-Leadership with Procurement teams during negotiating events with target costing and Source Board
  • Creating professional reliable should costs with internal or 3rd party tools

What You Need

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
  • Minimum 12 years work experience in the following areas:
    • Manufacturing and assembly of electronic and Visual system assemblies
    • Cost engineering of Assembly systems
    • Commercial basics in Procurement, controlling, and accounting
    • Professional knowledge in Visual systems, Displays, and Cameras, integrated into an assembly, preferably in Automotive
    • Proven experience with complex assemblies, Visual systems
  • Proven technical leadership with demonstrated ability to lead and review the work of other cost engineers
  • Demonstrated Strong 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 break down Assembly processes to component level
  • 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 and driver with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global organization
  • Fluency in English

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s degree in engineering
  • Work experience in developing cost models for components, modules, assemblies
  • Experience with Visual systems including experience selecting and/or recommending automotive assemblies
  • Proven 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
  • Be willing to work in an office in Novi, MI or Mountainview, CA (Hybrid)

What We Offer

  • The standard base salary range for this position in Mountainview, California is $162,900 - $199,100 + applicable bonus.
  • 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
  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development



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.