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Cost Engineer Semiconductor / Electronics (m/f)

Date: Apr 3, 2018

Location: Garching, Germany, DE

Company: HARMAN International

Position Summary:


This position will report into the HARMAN Best Cost Analytics organization and will be responsible for the development and delivery of “should be” cost models covering HARMAN’s Automotive Electronic Systems including amplifier, infotainment and telematics products. The developed cost models will establish Design-to-Cost targets that will be utilized by HARMAN teams including Engineering and Procurement.



Tasks / Responsibilities:


  • Utilize internal and external databases to build cost models that will establish Design-to-Cost targets for HARMAN Automotive products
  • Define the HARMAN “best practice” cost reference for the following electronic systems to a component level:
    • Infotainment Systems with and without Displays
    • Telematics Control Units (TCU)
    • Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)
    • Car Audio Amplifiers Systems
  • Analyze cost breakdowns from supplier quotes 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 the new business quoting phase to establish reference cost targets
  • Support Procurement teams during negotiating events with target costing
  • Utilize cost models and associated data to train HARMAN teams on Design-to-Cost best practices based on developed cost models



Required Skills:


  • Master’s degree in Engineering
  • Minimum 3-5 years work experience in the following areas:
    • Cost engineering of electronic systems, automotive electronics highly desirable
    • VA/VE of electronic systems
    • Development of electronic systems
  • Experience with complex semiconductor components including applications processors (System-on-Chip devices), micro-controllers, memory devices, tuners as well as wired and wireless networking devices
  • Demonstrated ability to breakdown semiconductors component costs into the constituent costs including die, testing, assembly and packaging
  • Excellent presentation skills and demonstrated ability to effectively present complex technical topics
  • Experience working in a fast paced, highly measured, results focused environment
  • Proven team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global matrixed organization
  • Business fluent in English, German skills desired
  • Willingness to travel internationally 10-20%




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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