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US_Novi_30001 Cabot Drive
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Novi, United States of America
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Regular - Permanent
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Description & Requirements

About the Role

The Senior Principal Engineer Functional Safety will guide the Harman software, hardware, manufacturing, and test teams to ensure that all needed Safety properties are considered, implemented, and validated before launching the HARMAN product for customer GM in-vehicle deployment. This is the first product at HARMAN to fulfill the highest level of Safety requirements: ASIL D and fail-operational.

In this cross-divisional function, you will be the primary contact for functional Safety towards the OEM customer and continuously report the status to the overall HARMAN program management. Based on your broad experience you will prepare and propose appropriate measures to protect HARMAN from liability risks related to functional Safety.

What You Will Do

  • Conduct Safety Management for ASIL customer application project including continuous planning and reporting of the Functional Safety activities and status.

  • Actively drive risk management and if necessary, prepare and follow through measures to closure.

  • Elicit, document, and review functional Safety requirements (ASIL) in line with architectural definition: external with customer and supplier; internal with HARMAN engineering disciplines.

  • Consult our customer for design patterns that enable ASIL D performance of fail-operational systems.

  • Execute safety analyses according to target architectures and determine Safety performance.

  • Guide the SW and HW development teams for effective Safety engineering.

  • Plan & assess the product development status for functional safety at various stages of the product lifecycle.   

  • Consider machine learning aspects for Functional Safety requirements and methods.

  • Consider and align Functional Safety needs with Cyber-Security solutions.

What You Need

  • Master’s degree in engineering, computer science, or equivalent.

  • Mature experience (>10 years) in building and maintaining customer and supplier relationships combined with strong technical leadership capabilities on the subject matter of Functional Safety.  

  • Proven team player skills, effectively working in global organizational settings with excellent communication skills including the capability to address the management level.

  • Profound experience in Safety critical systems and the related standards (ISO26262, ISO21434, ISO21448), best-known methodologies to implement Safety properties up to ASIL D and fail-operational.

  • Profound knowledge in Functional Safety analyses FTA, FMEDA, DFA, FMEA, and Hazard and Risk Analyses, etc.

  • Methodical, structured work style and experience in translating strategies into actionable plans.

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 10%, domestic and international travel

  • Be willing to work in an office and at the client site.

  • 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


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.