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Software Architect - Android

Date: Jun 20, 2019

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 116720 

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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 Android Architect will require high-level technical knowledge of the Android Ecosystem, Android Framework, and Android application development experience. This role will provide direction, guidance and expert advice in the areas of software architectures, frameworks, methodologies, patterns, and best practices. This role will focus on engineering innovative, strategic, and long-term solutions that align with corporate Android platform architecture. This role will work collaboratively with corporate Android platform team, product software development team, and customer program management team to establish and maintain technical assets within the enterprise technology portfolio.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Identify architectural constraints for the architectural level (project, domain, application) based on technical and organizational requirements and decompose them to architectural levels below
  • Develop software architecture for the assigned architectural level fulfilling the architectural requirements
  • Document and communicate architectural decisions based on at least more than one design alternative
  • Get approval for architectural changes from the architect at a higher level
  • Define, develop and verify all interfaces to related SW architectural elements are complete
  • Describe, evaluate and verify dynamic behavior and interaction between the related SW architectural elements
  • Analyze the customer requirement and map them to existing architecture or extend the architecture starting from the RFQ/RFI phase
  • Analyze and address architectural relevant non-functional requirements
  • Develop prototype and execute feasibility studies
  • Market research (FOSS - free and open source alternatives)
  • Ensure traceability and consistency to system architecture and to software requirements
  • Escalate if software implementation is not according to agreed architectural alternative
  • Request all input which is necessary to fulfill the responsibilities
  • Customer CCB (change control board)/Program Risk Reviews/Overall Software Architecture CoC Meeting (CoC "Software Design and Architecture")


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in Engineering or related field and 4 years of experience in corporate or academic research; alternatively, Master’s Degree in above-mentioned fields and 8 years of experience in research and development or Bachelor’s Degree and 12 years’ experience
  • 6+ years of development experience in Android framework and applications
  • Strong knowledge of Android SDK and different versions of Android
  • 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
  • Knowledge of embedded software, system and beyond
  • Expert knowledge and experience of Software Architecture
  • Analysis of requirements
  • Modeling tools and languages
  • Ability to document comprehensively and concisely
  • Knowledge of configuration management
  • Knowledge of process models (e.g. Automotive SPICE®)


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10% of the time
  • 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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