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Bucharest, Romania
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Regular - Permanent
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Description & Requirements

A Career at HARMAN

We are ONE HARMAN. We are greater than the sum of our divisions or brands. We proudly talk about our many iconic brands and describe how our technologies are transforming the car, the workplace and everywhere in between.  We work hard. We create useful, playful, beautiful things. We strive for excellence, and we aim to win as a team. No matter the position, every employee at HARMAN is expected to demonstrate our core competencies:  leadership, change-orientation, collaboration, judgment, and a results-driven mindset.  At HARMAN, we expect brilliance.  You can expect a career full of brilliant possibilities. 

Position Summary:

Sr. embedded Linux SW engineer, part of the PQRS (Production & Qualification Readiness SW) team.

As an embedded Linux SW engineer, you will contribute to the creation of a lightweight Linux distribution used in HARMAN to perform low-level validation and certification of the hardware used in various automotive projects. You will be challenged to find solutions that blend both hardware and software worlds to reach an optimized and streamlined design between the systems and our internal customers’ requirements.

You will be part of an ever-growing and ever-changing platform that will continue to evolve along with the cutting-edge tech used in Automotive. The nature of our platform gives you the chance of upgrading the existing model and challenging the status-quo, as our objective is to always stay in front of the pack and develop on the latest technologies.

Our beneficiaries are the main car makers in Europe.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Requirements management:
    • Evaluate and estimate requirements from internal customers, ensuring a clear understanding of project needs.
  • SW development and concepts definition:
    • Develop, maintain, and improve the custom Linux distribution and associated services used for hardware validation, manufacturing, and certification of infotainment systems.
    • Actively contribute to defining and implementing architectural concepts in collaboration with the team, aiming to maximize the reusability of software components across projects (adopting a platform-based approach).
    • Implement user-space device "drivers" based on data sheet specifications and internal interfaces for various devices populated on the project PCBs. The supported devices are of the following classes: networking devices such as switches and ethernet controllers, video serializers and deserializers, positioning devices, audio interfaces, amplifiers and controllers. Usage is considered for Production, HW qualification and Certification.
  • Problem Resolution:
    • Analyze tickets, investigate and resolve complex technical issues related to the PQRS work-packages. Engage with the needed subject matter experts and the team to implement effective solutions.
    • Provide support for debugging and troubleshooting issues encountered during development, qualification, manufacturing, and certification phases. Follow through until the resolution is reached.
  • Documentation and code review:
    • Create and maintain comprehensive documentation for the PQRS deliverables, including user manuals, coding standards, and development guidelines.
    • Ensure that documentation is accessible and understandable by team members and other stakeholders.
    • Conduct code reviews to ensure code quality, adherence to coding standards, and best practices.
  • Communication, cross-team collaboration and customer-facing:
    • Effectively communicate project status, challenges, and solutions to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
    • Collaborate with (project) managers to ensure that timelines and milestones are met.
    • Work closely with PQRS consumers ensuring that PQRS deliverables meets all the internal requirements, testware limitations and automotive industry standards/certifications.
  • Continuous learning, innovation, and optimization:
    • Stay updated on industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices related to automotive infotainment systems.
    • Foster a culture of innovation within the team, encouraging the exploration of new technologies and methodologies.

Basic Qualifications:

To fulfill this role, you are required to have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive Linux expertise (Linux device model - system level, userspace interaction with devices, boot sequence).
  • Strong programming skills in Python language
  • Ability to bring-up domain specific devices based on technical documentation (at least one of the following: network switches, serializers/deserializers, BT/WiFi chips, CAN modules, amplifiers, tuners)
  • Knowledge of low-level concepts (e.g.: familiar with kernel, BSP, communication protocols – e.g.: I2C, SPI)
  • Understanding of embedded hardware schematics and concepts
  • 5+ years of experience as a software engineer and programming under Linux and for Linux
  • Source control systems experience (preferably Git)
  • Good English communication skills both written and verbal

Nice to have Qualifications:

  • Knowledge in the area of video specific HW (serializers/deserializers) and video stack is highly appreciated
  • Experience in building custom embedded Linux distributions (Yocto or similar)
  • Good programming skills in scripting languages (Bash or similar)
  • RUST enthusiast
  • Familiarity with Python based web frameworks (Django or FastAPI)
  • Embedded systems hardware architecture knowledge
  • Practical experience with SCRUM and AGILE methodologies
  • Experience with Atlassian tools suite (JIRA, Confluence)
  • Build Continuous Integration systems experience (preferably Jenkins or Bamboo)
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other relevant (IT-related) specializations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel (0-20% of time) depending on the project necessities.
  • Availability to work both remotely (0-2 days/week) and from the office (3-5 days/week)


  • Work in international teams with the world's largest automotive manufacturers
  • Use HARMAN Flex - chose the right working model fitting their job (WfH, Hybrid or Office)
  • Access career development opportunities and get both on the job training on high-end automotive projects, as well as extensive technical trainings
  • Access HARMAN Webshop with large employee discounts for audio products (JBL, HARMAN Kardon, AKG)
  • Are encouraged to a healthy work/life balance with a progressive holiday plan based on total work experience, 2 sick days, 3 days off compensation for weekend legal holidays and flextime
  • And of course, enjoy meal tickets, a premium medical subscription, fitness discounts and other corporate perks

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.