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Distinguished Engineer

Date: May 23, 2018

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 108590 

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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 in software development and technology. This position is responsible for advancing engineering principles, theories, and concepts.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has few or no direct reports, but mentoring and development of global engineers is required. A Distringuished 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 market place and has an internal reputation as a technical mentor and guide.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead advanced technology development including proofs of concept, demonstrators and platforms
  • Lead R&D initiatives with divisional business impact
  • Actively engages with business units to understand and develop solutions to emerging business needs
  • Leverage business and customer relationships to maximize potential return of R&D projects
  • Lead Technology transfer of R&D projects to divisions
  • Divisional liaising to synergize R&D projects
  • Lead technology roadmap alignment and influence through divisional interfacing and external technology provider influencing
  • Lead new business development through research, patents and initiatives
  • Lead collaboration with research institutes, suppliers, partners, and universities to meet HARMAN’s long-term strategic technical needs
  • Contribute to alliances and standards development organizations and consortia
  • Contribute to the development of patented technologies or platforms
  • Mentor engineers within division on technical field of expertise
  • Utilize engineering expertise as necessary to drive R&D projects to completion
  • Participate on HARMAN Patent Committee


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% of the time.
  • 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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