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Principal Engineer, Lighting Systems

Date: May 11, 2018

Location: Shenzhen, China, CN

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 105411 

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Position Summary:

We are looking for a new colleague to:

Assume the technical responsibility for the entire development and integration of primarily lighting products for the professional markets globally. Secure the conformance, completeness and integrity of the design with respect to the product requirement specification. Act as the project managers technical wing-man; ensuring progress and risks are balanced together with relevant internal and external stakeholders.

As Principal Systems Engineer you will become part of a talented team of engineers in our Shenzhen Development Center (SDC) and refer to Name, Department.


Supervisory Responsibilities:





Job Responsibilities:

The Systems Engineer is responsible for the entire product development seen from a technical engineering point of view; that the product requirement specification is created and understood, that integration of systems, platforms and technologies is managed and, that product development is executed with attention to interfaces and detail with internal engineers and external suppliers, that test and verification activities are suffient, managed and evaluated, and that product data is managed correctly enabling smooth transition into manufacturing.

Futhermore the Systems Engineer must support the Project Manager in ensuring that the project is progressing according to plan at the same time managing technical risk that may affect the project schedule.

  • Ensure that the product requirement specification is created, understood and fullfilled.
  • Define the product/system architechtures and configurations based on requirements and use cases/application environments.
  • Ensure that product development and integration is implemented in cooperation between internal and external stakeholders.
  • Independently lead development project engineering risk assessments and define and execute proper technical risk mitigation plans
  • Ensure necessary and conclusive product/system design verification.
  • Ensure compliance testing according to use-scenarios/application domain.
  • Coordinate and prioritize tests and verification activities in-house and with third-party.
  • Communicate closely and transparently with Project Manager (and Product Manager), Development Engineers (Optical, Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Compliance, Quality, and Test), Manufacturing Engineers, Category Managers, and JDM/ODM/OEM suppliers.
  • Provide effort estimates for discipline related work packages to project management within product development projects
  • Deliver products to the market on scope, time, cost, and quality.
  • Support qualification of external suppliers (manufacturing and JDM/ODM/OEM).
  • Offer support to colleagues throughtout the lighting domain and HARMAN in general.
  • Act as a role model across engineering disciplines; especially for peers, engineers and associate engineers
  • Scout for input to technology and platform roadmaps across engineering disciplines
  • Provide subject matter expertise to management
  • Generate contributions (e.g. in the form of published scientific articles) to the industry


Basic Qualifications:

  • MS in engineering, e.g. mechanical or electrical, and min. 10 years experience in development of electro-mechanical products.
  • BS in engineering, e.g. mechanical or electrical, and min. 15 years experience in development of electro-mechanical products.
  • Experience with test and verification.
  • Analytical and pro-active decision making.
  • Positive team builder with excellent communication skills.
  • Fluent in English speech and writing.
  • Comfortable with fast-paced and multitasking environment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with lighting.
  • Experience with JDM/ODM/OEM suppliers.
  • Experience as Systems Engineer/Technical Lead or Training/Certification in Systems Engineering
  • Experience with products for indoor and outdoor use (application environment) and associated standards.
  • Experience with products for rental market and fixed installation (application environment) and associated standards.
  • Experience with professional market (BtB) and associated standards.
  • Experience with retail market (BtC) and associated standards.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel.
  • Willingness to work in an office.
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.



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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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