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Leadership Experience Acceleration Program (LEAP) - Systems Engineer

Date: Mar 25, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 115849 

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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. 


Every brilliant invention had a beginning.


Our engineers and designers are creative and purposeful inventors. As a HARMAN engineer, you are the driving force behind new product launches, combining your technical expertise and innovation to bring cutting – edge solutions to cars, enterprises and the connected ecosystem. Every day, you push the boundaries of creative design to touch the lives of millions with your passion, and HARMAN is committed to providing you with the opportunities and resources to succeed.


HARMAN is dedicated to providing hands-on, real-world work experience for early-career professionals. With newly acquired knowledge and skills, our early career talent is prepared to make their mark on the world. 


The Leadership Experience Acceleration Program (LEAP) is a two-year program designed to develop early career, high-performing talent into the next generation of HARMAN leaders through rotations in various Engineering positions. You will have 3 rotations each lasting 8 months in HARMAN’s global divisions: Connected Car, Connected Services, and Lifestyle. Each assignment brings with it a different skill set and challenge where the individual is required to be flexible and focused. LEAP Associates will benefit from global experiences across multiple businesses and functions, including a mentoring program, HARMAN University offerings, in-person group learning, virtual and self-paced programs while developing a strong peer and global network.


If you are driven to solve complex problems, thrive in a results-oriented environment, and seek a role that strikes your creative and technical abilities, then LEAP is for you!


Job Responsibilities:


An Engineer knows and applies basic concepts and techniques of the profession under direct supervision and guidance. This position is responsible for supporting the design, analysis, and development of specific products and technology and for meeting all requirements and specifications set by internal Engineering teams and external customers.

  • Propose and develop innovative ideas to drive breakthrough solutions
  • Collaborate with the manager, project teams, and peers globally on critical assignments
  • Participate in global program activities that will strengthen business skills and build future leadership capabilities
  • Complete an international rotation to increase global exposure
  • Analyze customer and internal requirements and specifications
  • Analyze and understand product HW design documents such as block-diagrams, schematics, wiring diagrams, logic and timing diagrams, etc.
  • Analyze and understand product SW design documents such as block diagrams, SW architecture and topology diagrams, timing and sequence diagrams, use-case charts, and detailed component specifications
  • Understand vehicle systems and designs and how the Head Unit interacts with other Electronic Control Units in the vehicle
  • Focus on system performance and optimizations throughout test and development cycles
  • Coordinate with System Test teams to ensure design and requirements are verified and validated
  • Lead Root Cause / Corrective Action process with product teams for issues that arise during development and test
  • Interface with Customer to be a key technical presence for project teams
  • Use hardware instruments for troubleshooting including oscilloscope, programmable power meter, logic analyzer, etc.
  • Serve as a knowledge center for teams on how to perform hardware-centric tasks such as re-flashing, board-bring-up, and hardware modifications as needed
  • Facilitate knowledge management using tools such as confluence-wiki, and Jira
  • Communicate with peers inside the Harman group to coordinate product development.  This includes occasional travel for training or coordination with other groups.
  • Manages small projects and technical resources, including planning, estimating and follow through


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science;  Master's degree/MBA graduates preferred
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Geographically mobile
  • Commitment to the rotations over the length of the program
  • Strong work ethics and principles
  • Team player with a positive attitude to succeed
  • The desire to learn and develop rapidly within the program period
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, results-oriented, matrixed environment
  • Strong communication skills (interpersonal, written and verbal)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the command line on an Unix-based operating system
  • Experience working with scripting languages such as Python
  • Ability to check circuits with a voltmeter and oscilloscope


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 20- 50% (i.e., seminars)
  • Ability to relocate outside of the home country for one rotation (typically no longer than 8 months)
  • Willingness to work in an office
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.
  • Any offer of employment for any position that requires the use of a HARMAN or customer-owned vehicle is contingent upon the applicant having a clean driving record, which will be evaluated and determined in Harman’s sole discretion; however, applicants may have no more than 4 active points for moving violations (issued by any motor vehicle agency), and applicants must have no references to operating a vehicle under the influence of controlled substances within the last 10 years.




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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