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Principal Engineer, Systems

Date: May 21, 2018

Location: Shenzhen, China, CN

Company: HARMAN International

Position Summary:

Harman is looking to hire the most passionate, innovative and driven engineers on the planet to drive the next generation of control (controllers, user interfaces, endpoints) products. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success with product development experience and products in the market that shows awareness, competence and understanding of high-level concepts. This individjual will secure the conformance, completeness and integrity of the design with respect to the product requirement specification. Act as the project managers technical lead to ensure progress and risks are balanced with time/scope/budget requirements.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have any direct reports.  However, principal-level engineers are expected to exhibit strong technical and leadership skills and mentor more junior engineers to help guide their careers and activities.


Job Responsibilities:

The Principal Systems Engineer is responsible for the entire product development seen from a technical engineering point of view ensuring that the product requirement specification is created and understood; that integration of systems, platforms and technologies is managed; 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 while at the same time managing technical risk that may affect the project schedule.

  • Work with product teams to define all criteria for products, accessories and software: use cases, specifications, definitions, cost targets, time lines and deliverables.
  • Ensure that the product requirement specification is created, understood and fullfilled.
  • Ensure that product development and integration is implemented in cooperation between internal and external stakeholders.
  • Identify, assess, and control technical risks at product level.
  • Work with engineering groups to implement corrective actions when needed
  • Communicate closely and transparently with project manager, product manager, development engineers (mechanical, electrical, software, test/quality), manufacturing engineers, and JDM/ODM/OEM suppliers.
  • Support delivery of products to the market on time, scope, cost, and quality.
  • Support qualification of external suppliers (manufacturing and JDM/ODM/OEM).
  • Offer support to colleagues throughtout the Harman Pro division.


Basic Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in engineering.
  • 5+ years experience in development of electro-mechanical products.
  • 3+ years experience with protocol definition or implementation.
  • 3+ years experience with networking: Ethernet, TCP/IP, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, or similar.
  • Analytical and pro-active decision making.
  • Positive team builder with excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively within a fast paced, results oriented, matrix environment.
  • Ability to self-motivate, make decisions quickly, and follow scientific methods.
  • Fluent in English speech and writing.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with JDM/ODM/OEM suppliers.
  • Experience as Systems Engineer/Technical Lead or Training/Certification in Systems Engineering.
  • Knowledge of network topologies, and networking protocols.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness for occasional travel to other Harman Pro development centers.
  • Willingness to work in an office in Shenzhen, China.
  • 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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