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Automotive Embedded System Software Architect

Date: Apr 1, 2018

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id105795 

Multi Location Job 

A Career at HARMAN

We are ONE HARMAN. We are greater than the sum of our divisions or brands. We proudly talk about our many iconic brands and describe how our technologies are transforming the car, the workplace and everywhere in between.  We work hard. We create useful, playful, beautiful things. We strive for excellence and we aim to win as a team. No matter the position, every employee at HARMAN is expected to demonstrate our core competencies:  leadership, change-orientation, collaboration, judgment and a results-driven mindset.  At HARMAN, we expect brilliance.  You can expect a career full of brilliant possibilities. 


Position Summary:

A system architect is responsible for providing leadership of technical activities at the system level for an automotive OEM infotainment development to not only deliver the current program but also help in the future business pursuits.  In this position, the engineer will be responsible for initial system design and development of new software or extensive software revisions, defining product requirements and creating high-level architectural specifications, ensuring feasibility, functionality, and integration with existing systems/platforms. The engineer will be responsible for fine-tuning the product to meet and exceed the existing competition’s KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).


Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that the customer delivery is compliant with the design and identifies the performance and cost improvements pieces and provides a plan to achieve those goals.
  • Serve as a system architect and technical specialist for applicable customer programs
  • Support RFQ activities related to applicable customer programs
  • Resolve program technical issues. Track and resolve customer issues. Interface with both the customer and Harman Product Engineering teams to coordinate a successful resolution of these issues.
  • Support program teams with activities such as planning, estimating, and developing requirements in compliance with the established development process.
  • Serve as a technical interface to applicable suppliers. Follow up with technical action items.
  • Keeps abreast of new technologies and scientific methods affecting the organization for the purpose of recommending changes in emphasis of programs or new programs warranted by such developments.
  • Conceives plans and conducts research in problem areas or new technology of considerable scope and complexity.
  • Support internal organizations. Support for such items as product DFMEA, Schematic Reviews, Warranty, Diagnostics, DVP&R, Appearance Approvals PSO, and special investigations. Support the software/hardware/mechanical developers at the unit and system level to ensure that all requirements are met and the highest software quality is achieved
  • Identify, document, and manage the risk associated with product development.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Educational requirement options:
    • Ph.D. degree in Computer/Electrical Engineering and 4 years of experience in corporate or academic research.
    • Master’s Degree in above-mentioned fields and 8 years of experience in research and development.
  • Automotive experience with preference in Infotainment or cellular.
  • Hands on experience in Linux or QNX, and/or Android.
  • Ability to communicate advanced and complex concepts and ideas persuasively and concisely to all levels of the business
  • Experience with analyzing CAN, MOST and LIN communication
  • Experience with Infotainment features such as SDARs, Bluetooth, USB, Navigation, Hands-Free
  • Excellent Knowledge of LINUX (Kernel, Drivers, Debugging)
  • Excellent Knowledge of automotive SOC Systems Architectures (ARM/INTEL)
  • Knowledge of software development processes including CMMI and ASPICE models
  • Knowledge of software planning methods and the ability to use them effectively


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good Knowledge of automotive Interfaces (Ethernet, USB, PCIe, SDIO)
  • Good Knowledge of automotive software protocols (TCPIP, AVB, USB-Profiles)
  • Knowledge of Hardware Debugging in OS-Context (Lauterbach Debugger with LINUX OS)
  • Excellent Knowledge of automotive SOC Systems Architectures (RENESAS / ARM / INTEL)
  • Good Knowledge of automotive Interfaces (Ethernet, I2C, SPI, SDIO, MOST)
  • Experience developing and debugging C/C++ software on Linux/QNX user space applications (debugging via GDB)
  • Experience developing and debugging C/C++ software on Linux/QNX kernel modules (debugging via KGDB/JTAG)
  • Experience with gcc and makefile based build process
  • Experience developing and debugging software in a real-time, embedded, multiprocessor, multi-interface environment.
  • Experience with yocto / buildroot
  • Experience with Linux device tree / acpi configuration
  • Experience with ALSA and/or Video4 Linux (V4L)
  • Good understanding of infotainment domains
  • Well organized, meticulous good at understanding the big picture.
  • Strong team player with the ability to handle multiple projects
  • Self-motivated results driven individual, passionate about technology


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel up to 10%
  • Willingness to work in an office in Novi, MI
  • 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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