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Principal Engineer (Navigation)

Date: Apr 1, 2018

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 105496 

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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:

This position is responsible for leading the conceptualization, implementation, and testing of technologies, tools, or processes while consistently demonstrating technical expertise.  This role further enhances the technical aptitude of the entire engineering team through mentoring, leadership and research.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibility.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Be the technical owner of the Harman navigation Guidance software module that powers some of the most luxurious automotive brand names and is currently installed in millions of vehicles.
  • Leverage existing codebase but also seek ways to improve the navigation positioning engine performance and capabilities. We believe that the driver should enjoy the journey as much as the destination and the engine is a key part of that experience.
  • Serve as the go-to authority for all technical questions related to positioning from internal and external customers.
  • Create documentation and examples that help educate other engineers and customer support on the internals of the routing engine
  • As part of a matrix organization, you'll work alongside with engineers, designers, testers, and product plan, organize, execute and monitor all aspects of projects to achieve commitments for delivery, performance, and financial requirements
  • Lead technical discussions with customers to ensure requirements are met and the customer is satisfied
  • Prepare documents and reports with cross-functional teams for engineering and program management along with participating in design reviews with customers and engineering peers
  • Design and conduct test programs that support project initiatives
  • Ensure product meets customer and internal requirements, specifications, and cost targets
  • Conduct research and development of new technologies and products
  • Research and review competitive products, technologies, and intellectual property
  • Ensure that potential intellectual property is fully researched, documented, and protected
  • Release and maintain controlled documents as required


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 12 years’ experience
    • Or Master’s Degree in above-mentioned fields and 8 years of experience in research and development or
    • Or Ph.D. degree in Engineering or related field and 4 years of experience in corporate or academic research
  • Exceptional reputation as an innovator based on having created forward-looking research, projects, and award-winning publications
  • Proven technical leadership
  • Experience working in the technology industry or automotive industry
  • Experience with the use of rapid prototyping tools for software and hardware, electronics, and mechanical design for consumer electronics and future device platforms
  • In-depth experience with non-traditional input and output technologies, such as speech, gesture, touch, haptics, etc.
  • Ability to communicate advanced and complex concepts and ideas persuasively and concisely to all levels of the business.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Development experience on C/C++ on Android / QNX platforms.
  • Strong domain background in Navigation platform.
  • Experience interfacing with Navigation platform solutions from 3rd party suppliers.
  • Infotainment / Automotive background.
  • Experience with Dead Reckoning / Map Matching solutions.
  • Predictive Navigation to enable autonomous driving experience is desired.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • HARMAN will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening.
  • Extraordinary oral and written communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with business and technology leaders.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Willingness to work in the 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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