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Industrial Designer

Date: Jan 5, 2019

Location: Aichi, Japan, 23, JP

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 113182 

Additional Work Location(s) ​​​​​: Aichi, Japan 

Position Summary:

In the role of the Industrial Designer, you will be responsible for the Industrial Design of Harman’s branded car audio solutions. You will be developing the design evolution of multiple Harman premium brands, including harman/kardon, JBL, Infinity, Lexicon, mark levinson, Revel, AKG and licensed business such as Bowers & Wilkins, CANTON, CLASSE, Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY. In collaboration with our engineering- and marketing-team you will envision and design holistic car audio experiences for Harman’s premium brands.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Guide and mentor junior design talent and interns.  Supervise external consultancy support (Autodesk Alias and parametric modelers).


Job Responsibilities:


  • Develop and nourish Harman’s credible audio brands
  • Lead  industrial design related projects and deliver compelling presentations
  • Translate Harman’s rich portfolio of brands into holistic car audio design experiences
  • Lead communication with design team and stakeholders across various locations.
  • Envision & visualize innovative car audio experiences for Harman’s premium brands
  • Understand, improve and evolve existing brand design guidelines
  • Implement design language for each brand and position as 'best in class' in the automotive audio business. Upon request and approval, the Industrial Designer will develop the design language for other parts of the SBU Audio group
  • Understand and design for manufacturability and cost targets.
  • Present and communicate design concepts  through compelling brand related presentations

    supported with sketches, Photoshop & 3D renderings to marketing and brand managers, same as to customers

  • Develop 3D surface files to transfer to mechanical engineering.
  • Work concurrently with Engineering to streamline the developmental process
  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships with other discipline team members and customer or supplier contacts
  • Develop junior talent in the Harman Car Audio Design Team
  • Develop methods and processes to improve efficiency and competence levels
  • Collaborate with Harman Consumer Design Team to create overarching brand experiences.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Equivalent education level required BA or certificate Industrial Design.
  • At least 3 years of industrial design experience required
  • Experience with material cost and finishes, manufacturing processes, tooling methods, assembly methods
  • Ability to communicate ideas through sketches, foam models and photorealistic renderings
  • Proficient in Rhino & Alias CAD Modeling, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Project.
  • Understanding of brand values and capable of translating into tangible & holistic car audio design experiences
  • Capable to adapt & create brand related design languages in correspondence to the target car interiors
  • Result-orientated and a motivated team player
  • Outgoing, passionate and with an excellent sense of humor
  • Ability to communicate creative ideas at a high quality level
  • Advanced knowledge of English, other languages are a plus
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Love music


Preferred Qualifications and Desired Competencies:


Results-Driven:  Having a proactive, goal oriented approach to decision making.

  • Clear and strategic thinker; understands directions and responds accordingly
  • Capable of handling multiple projects / initiatives simultaneously and executing to completion


Team Player: Having respect for colleagues; leading teams with clarity and accountability.

  • Proven team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global matrixed organization


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

  • Flexible to procedural changes


Customer Focus:  Providing exceptional service and quality to external and internal customer.

  • Understand the importance of providing a reliable and professional service to both internal and external customers


Self-Awareness:  Accepting responsibility for personal development and actions.

  • Have clear objectives and strives to exceed them
  • Takes ownership for personal career and skill development



  • Music/Audio experience of some kind (musician, recording experience, broadcasting)



Eligibility Requirements: List specific location of position and % of willingness to travel.

  • Willingness to travel 25% of the time.
  • Willingness to work in an office.

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status.  HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (

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