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Principal Mechanical Design Architect, RFQ

Date: Jun 18, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 116446 

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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:

Americas RFQ Principal Mechanical Design Architect will lead the conceptualization of mechanical designs architectures throughout the Request for Information / Request for Quote phase. They will help develop the design proposals based on familiarity with existing catalogs of components with a focus on performance, design, and cost compliance. Their work enables RFQ response preparations for Harman’s customers which are competitive and aligned with Harman Lifestyle Car Audio business targets.  They subsequently will kick off mechanical product development teams after awarding of business.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have any direct or indirect reports.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Working within Harman’s global RFQ process, simultaneously architect multiple RFQ response project designs (speaker and amplifier) which involves working with cross-functional engineering teams
  • Analyze cost vs. performance tradeoffs
  • Perform product design reviews of existing components and proposals from the Best Cost Analytics team.
  • Create 3D models, assembly drawings and component drawings of product designs as required
  • Stay current on innovative manufacturing processes to facilitate optimal product design using DFA and/or Design for Assembly & Manufacturing methodology.
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations for the customer and internal use.
  • Investigate and analyze appropriate data to verify intent and compliance of design to customer and government specifications and requirements. 
  • Actively ensure that design improvement opportunities are appropriately adopted within new business pursuits.
  • Generate costed BOMs within FACTON in conjunction with Product Sourcing
  • Work with cross-functional teams within Product Development during RFQ process & ensure proper feasible concepts are handed off @ completion of RFQ/Business aware

Basic Qualifications:

  • Education:
    • BSME, BSMET r related engineering degree
    • Work experience beyond the minimum experience requirement may be an acceptable substitute for an engineering degree.
  • Experience:
    • Minimum 6 years experience in OEM automotive product design, including:
    • Experience in the design and engineering f audio products
    • Experience in the design and engineering f injection molded plastics
    • Experience in the design and engineering f die-cast metal components
  • Working Knowledge:
    • In-Depth understanding f the automotive product design and development process
    • Knowledge of the APQP process


Preferred Qualifications:

    • Use CATIA Version 5 (Revision 20 or higher) CAD software at a skilled level to develop product concepts and evaluate existing designs
    • CATIA V5 CAD design skills r equivalent in other CAD software
    • Proper drafting, dimensioning and tolerancing techniques, including GD&T.
    • Experience using Harman tools like ProductCenter, Teamcenter, and ODA
  • Advanced degree, e.g. MSME, MSMET r MBA.
  • Experience with the automotive OEM vehicle development process for OEMs such as Chrysler, Ford, GM, or Toyota
  • FACTON experience
  • Experience using analytical tools
  • Experience using MS Office s/w, especially Excel and PowerPoint


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10% of the time.
  • Willingness to work in an office in Novi
  • 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 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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