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Cost Engineer

Date: Mar 30, 2019

Location: Budapest, Hungary, HU

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 114225 

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We are currently looking for a new colleague to join us in the following position:


Cost Engineer / Speaker Component Expert

(Magnet, Soft Part, Voice Coil, Cold Forge)


to our dynamically growing Budapest site (Nordic Light Offices).


Position Summary:

The Mechanical Systems Cost Engineer position will report into the HARMAN Best Cost Analytics organization and will be responsible for the development and delivery of “should cost” models for the speaker components and systems included in HARMAN’s Automotive products.  The developed cost models will establish Design-to-Cost targets that will be utilized by HARMAN teams including Engineering and Procurement.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Utilize internal and external databases to build cost models for Plastic components
  • Define the HARMAN “best practice” cost reference for the plastic components used in HARMAN’s Automotive products:
    • Infotainment Systems
    • Car Audio Systems
    • Advanced Driver Assist Systems
    • Displays
    • Telematics Control Units
  • Analyze Supplier cost breakdowns and understand all cost influent factors
  • Develop close technical relationships with suppliers to identify best cost solutions, including emerging technologies that provide cost improvements
  • Work with Engineering & Product Sourcing teams during RFI/RFQ phases
  • Support Procurement teams during negotiating events
  • Utilize cost models and associated data to train HARMAN teams on Design-to-Cost best practices


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, preferably Mechanical Engineering or Financial Degree with Speaker component experience
  • Minimum 3-5 year of experience in the following areas:
    • Cost engineering of mechanical components and systems
    • Advanced manufacturing engineering
    • Process engineering
    • VA/VE of mechanical components and systems
  • Experience with the automotive components:
    • Speaker components (Magnet, Soft part, Voice Coil, Cold forge)
    • Secondary processes – Cleaning, packaging, Inspection
  • Excellent presentation skills and demonstrated ability to effectively present complex technical topics
  • Experience working in a fast paced, highly measured, results focused environment


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 25% of the time.
  • Willingness to work in Harman’s Budapest, Hungary office.
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.


What we offer:

HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive


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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