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Distinguished Engineer, Transducers

Date: Aug 8, 2018

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 99941 

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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 Distinguished Engineer has a strong record of creativity and innovation. This position is responsible for advancing engineering principles, theories, and concepts while being recognized as a HARMAN authority in advanced transducer technology research and development.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no direct reports, but mentoring and development of team engineers is required.  A Distinguished Engineer will proactively coach technical talent on technical and career possibilities, and mentor engineers within the division on their respective technical field of expertise.  A Distinguished Engineer is a talent ambassador who seeks new talent in the external marketplace and has an internal reputation as a technical mentor and guide.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Be the technical subject expert and lead transducer development on assigned CoC Audio transducer projects.  Be responsible and accountable for all transducer design activities within the group.
  • Lead advanced speaker technology development activities.
  • Ensure that all internal project milestones are met.
  • Lead all transducer design related problem-solving activities for assigned projects.
  • Support meetings where technical expertise is needed.
  • Provide technical support on acoustical performance, durability, and cost at design and feasibility reviews.
  • Support new business opportunities.
  • Generate concept and prototype transducer designs.
  • Produce all relevant documentation such as Bill of Materials (BoM), component/subassembly/assembly drawings, simulation data, performance data, DFMEA/DRBFM, DVP&R, and all other documentation required to support the development process.
  • Provide engineering cost estimates for transducer designs/concepts/components/tooling.
  • Use Best Practices and Design Standards via the Lessons Learned process and the Knowledge Base.
  • Specify and/or build transducer prototypes.
  • Specify and/or perform electrical, mechanical, and acoustical measurements on transducers.
  • Specify and/or perform environmental, reliability, and durability testing on transducers.


Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Engineering or related field and 12 years of experience in corporate or academic research; alternatively, Master’s Degree in above-mentioned fields and 16 years of experience in research and development or Bachelor’s Degree and 20 years’ experience
  • Company recognized expert in one or more technical areas
  • Compelling contributions to a technology area through new technology developments and research
  • Proven technical leadership
  • Key influencer in new product or service development and demonstrated experience launching in collaboration with business or partner
  • Proven expertise developing complex systems from architecture to implementation
  • Demonstrated expertise with wired and wireless network protocols
  • Demonstrated expertise in system architecture and design
  • Demonstrated ability for debugging hardware and software, embedded and real time systems using traditional test equipment, e.g., oscilloscopes, logic analyzers
  • Proven ability to lead diverse teams with little to no supervision
  • Proven ability to mentor


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 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.



  • Team player willing to step outside the box if needed to lead a team toward a successful resolution of a transducer issue.  A proactive, hard-working, and reliable person who is used to the pace of the industry.



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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