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Principle Cost Engineer, Software and Licensing

Date: Jan 13, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 114084 

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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 Cost Engineer, Software & Licensing will report into the HARMAN Best Cost Analytics organization and will be responsible for the development of cost models and cost-focused sourcing strategies covering HARMAN’s software licensing and development services requirements across the full product portfolio, including Automotive and Consumer products.  The developed models and strategies will establish Design-to-Cost controls that will be utilized by HARMAN team’s, including Engineering and Procurement, to optimize software-related product costs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Development and delivery of cost models using internal and external data sources in support of HARMAN’s products
  • Establish the vision, framework and methods needed to enable highly accurate cost modeling covering all of the constituent cost components for software licensing and services including license fees, royalties, non-recurring developments costs and annual support & maintenance
  • Define the HARMAN “best practice” cost references for software & licensing used in HARMAN’s products including:
    • Infotainment Systems
    • Telematics Control Units (TCU)
    • Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)
    • Car Audio Amplifier Systems
    • Consumer Audio Products
  • Analyze cost breakdowns from supplier quotes and understand all cost influent factors
  • Build close technical relationships with suppliers to identify best cost solutions, including emerging companies and technologies that provide cost advantages
  • Develop software licensing and development services sourcing strategies that establish the considerations necessary to evaluate licensing model alternatives and enable on-going evaluation of HARMAN’s software supply base
  • Work with Engineering & Product Sourcing teams during new business quoting to establish reference cost targets
  • Support Procurement teams during negotiating events with HARMAN’s software suppliers
  • Establish a process to train HARMAN Engineering & Product Sourcing teams on Design-to-Cost best practices

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 15 yrs work experience in the following areas:
    • Embedded software development
    • Software licensing and development services procurement
    • Embedded software program management
  • Highly analytical approach to problem-solving with demonstrated knowledge of product cost drivers and options to influence product costs
  • Excellent presentation skills and demonstrated ability to effectively present complex technical topics to senior and executive leadership
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, highly measured, results-focused environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in computer science or software engineering is preferred
  • Experience with automotive products is highly desirable, including experience working with automotive software suppliers (e.g., Vector)
  • Experience with embedded system development is strongly preferred
  • Experience assessing trade-offs between open source and proprietary software solutions is beneficial
  • Experience with 3rd party software consulting and engineering service providers is beneficial, including familiarity with industry standard development rates
  • Demonstrated knowledge of software licensing models and associated royalty structures
  • Demonstrated ability to drive results through the appropriate construction and use of metrics that effectively measure outcomes
  • Proven team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global matrixed organization
  • Accepts overall accountability for work assignments
  • Able to adapt to changing demands and conditions


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 20%
  • 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.
  •  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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