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Date: Jun 15, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 116670 

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Novi, MI


Job Description:


Position Summary:


As a Director of System Architecture, HARMAN X, you will guide a matrixed, cross-functional team to define and document solution architectures for innovation projects that HARMAN X decides to pursue.  You will define core technologies, technology enablers, and solution architectures that leverage new and existing platforms and technologies that drive innovation into HARMAN business units as well as expand HARMAN’s intellectual property portfolio.  You will be actively involved in HARMAN's strategy and roadmap process and drive, among others, HARMAN's future product and solution strategies, solution architecture, and core technology enablers. 


You must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy, a big-picture vision, and the drive to make that vision a reality.  You must enjoy spending time in the market to understand what the customer and business units are trying to achieve and find solutions that drive innovation and growth.


You must be well-spoken and able to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization - both within HARMAN, with key partners, and at the customer.  You will collaborate with other organizations to define technical requirements, solution architectures, and validation requirements.  You will also serve as the internal and external evangelist for HARMAN X and work closely with the customer, partners, and other HARMAN teams to execute on programs.


Supervisory Responsibilities:


  • This person will initially act as an individual contributor and therefore have no direct reports.
  • He/She will, however, will lead and collaborate with colleagues from the Business Units as well as others in HARMAN X and thus must have the necessary experience to influence and drive the right outcome.


Financial Responsibility:

  • This position does not have any direct P&L responsibility.


Job Responsibilities:


  • Work closely with HARMAN senior management and engineering, product management, , customers, and suppliers to analyze, interpret, and develop/define the systems-level architectures and roadmap for future HARMAN X innovations that expand HARMAN’s product and intellectual property portfolio that position HARMAN to win future business.
  • Be a visible point of contact between HARMAN X, the business units, and the customer - including driving customer presentations, leading regular interactions, ensuring timely and accurate customer responses, and communicating HARMAN’s technical expertise and architectures.
  • Drive architectural design and documentation for all HARMAN X automotive projects.
  • Keep HARMAN’s innovation projects at the leading edge of technology.
  • Identify architectural constraints for the system level based on customer, market, technology and business needs
  • Define and create system and overall software architecures
  • Guide the team in developing Proof of Concepts (PoCs) as well as demos for customers and other industry events
  • Investigate, invent, incubate, and drive to commercialization new technologies into HARMAN portfolio
  • Prototype and develop solutions to continue learning and provide guidance to the team
  • Oversee technical work of teams that are working on HARMAN X projects
  • Analyze critical problems and determines priority calls to drive resolution
  • Participate in software architecture, design and code reviews as software expert
  • Present technical solutions and architectures to internal and external stakeholders
  • Participate on industry standards and committees


Basic Qualifications:


  • Masters degree in Computer Science or Electrical/Computer Engineering
  • 15+ years of software development experience
  • 7+ years in a System Architect role defining platforms for Software Product Lines
  • Proven hands-on software development expertise
  • Extensive experience in consulting and/or client-facing role is preferred
  • Must have significant architectural knowledge of automotive, artificial intelligence, and/or IT systems
  • Must be able to articulate vision and influence decision making outcomes with internal stakeholders, external suppliers, and customers
  • Must have a "whatever-it-takes" attitude using diplomatic leadership skills within a collaborative teamwork environment to accomplish the necessary results
  • Proven and effective communication, analytical, judgment, initiative and execution skills
  • Proven winner of new business supporting sales teams as technical expert
  • Extraordinary oral and written communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with business and technology leaders.
  • Experience managing external and internal vendors/partners
  • Exceptional reputation as an innovator based on having created forward-looking research, projects, and award-winning publications
  • Comfortable working in ambiguity and leading teams through innovation uncertainty


Preferred Qualifications:


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering
  • Previous subject matter expert for complex, end-to-end systems
  • Drive for results, team player, change orientation, customer focus, self-awareness
  • Possess practical vehicle systems and network architecture knowledge


Eligibility Requirements:


  • Willingness to travel 25% of the time
  • Willingness to submit to a background screen and a drug test
  • Willingness to work in an office.




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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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