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Principal Component Engineer, Electronic Systems

Date: Jun 26, 2018

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 105622 

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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:

The Principal Component Engineer will report into the HARMAN Best Cost Analytics organization and will be responsible for the development and delivery of “should be” cost models covering HARMAN’s Automotive Electronic Systems including amplifier, infotainment and telematics products.  The developed cost models will establish Design-to-Cost targets that will be utilized by HARMAN teams including Engineering and Procurement.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Utilize internal and external databases to build cost models that will establish Design-to-Cost targets for HARMAN Automotive products
  • Define the HARMAN “best practice” cost reference for the following electronic systems to a component level:
    • Infotainment Systems with and without Displays
    • Telematics Control Units (TCU)
    • Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)
    • Car Audio Amplifiers Systems
  • Analyze cost breakdowns from supplier quotes and understand all cost influent factors
  • Lead the technical definition and implementation of electronic system cost modeling solutions, including the identification of analytics that enables trend data to be established
  • Develop close technical relationships with suppliers to identify best cost solutions, including emerging technologies that provide cost improvements
  • Work with Engineering & Product Sourcing teams during the new business quoting phase to establish reference cost targets
  • Support Procurement teams during negotiating events with target costing
  • Utilize cost models and associated data to train HARMAN teams on Design-to-Cost best practices based on developed cost models


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • Minimum 10 yrs work experience in the following areas:
    • Cost engineering of electronic systems
    • VA/VE of electronic systems
    • Design & development of electronic systems
    • Electronic system component engineering
  • Experience with complex semiconductor components including applications processors (System-on-Chip devices), micro-controllers, memory devices, tuners as well as wired and wireless networking devices
  • Proven technical leadership with demonstrated ability to lead and review the work of other cost engineers
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical topics through structure solutions.  Must be able to influence others to drive alignment on proposed technical solutions.
  • Excellent presentation skills and demonstrated ability to effectively present complex technical topics
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, highly measured, results-focused environment


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering
  • Experience with automotive electronics is highly desirable, including experience selecting and/or recommending automotive grade electronic components
  • Demonstrated ability to breakdown semiconductors component costs into the constituent costs including die, testing, assembly and packaging
  • Demonstrated ability to share knowledge and best practices with teammates
  • Proven team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global matrixed organization
  • Accepts overall accountability
  • Change Orientation: Able to adapt to changing demands and conditions


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10% of the time.
  • Willingness to work in Harman’s Novi, MI office.
  • 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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