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Principal Acoustic Engineer, Pre-Development

Date: May 9, 2019

Location: Aichi, Japan, 23, JP

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 111675 

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

Position Summary:

The Principal Acoustic Engineer, Pre-Development will  orchestrate the activities of the acoustic engineering, transducer engineering, mechanical engineering, resident engineering, and sales / concept teams in the development of innovative system architectures for vehicle programs w/ our Japan OEM customers in pre-development phase.  This position will also be involved in voicing/tuning of acoustic systems in a supporting role.  The role will leverage Harman's technology leadership /  brand DNA to create the best automotive audio systems in the world.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have any direct or indirect reports. 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead for acoustic domain on predevelopment programs
  • Apply, design, and organize audio systems for the virtual automotive environment.
  • Investigate new audio related technologies and best practices.Research and create novel solutions to address a wide variety of issues (such as manufacturability, cost / design efficiency, packaging, etc.) encountered by acoustic systems in the automotive environment.
  • Support development of customer specific system architecture roadmap in concert with customer / Harman team and implement into proposals.
  • Develop, document, and apply worldwide acoustic systems tools and best practices.
  • Closely collaborate with a team specializing in early-phase vehicle development.
  • Work closely with customer and Harman teams to define audio system targets and to evolve acoustic system proposals through the pre-development phase of a program with the goal of finalizing system architecture at end of pre-development.
  • Proactively demonstrate proposals / concepts and field questions in the acoustic domain
  • Backup pre-development and customer engineering team colleagues as needed


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Acoustics is required. Master’s Degree in Engineering preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in an audio related field is required; 8+ years of experience is strongly preferred.
  • Specific experience required in 3 or more of the following fields:  acoustic engineering, transducer engineering, digital signal processing, electrical or amplifier engineering, psycho-acoustics and recording arts
  • Detailed knowledge of and ability to model acoustic systems/vehicles
  • Sales and/or customer facing experience
  • Desire to work within a global cross-functional team


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for acoustics and sound reproduction
  • High level of energy
  • Flexible in a challenging work environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Musician
  • Knowledge of recording arts
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Knowledge of Matlab, C, C++, algorithm development and programming is preferred.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel to customer sites, including international travel, up to 25% of the time.
  • Willingness to work in an office in Nagoya,JP.
  • Willingness for overtime and weekend work, as needed

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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