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Senior Manager, Hardware

Date: Oct 5, 2018

Location: Shenzhen, China, CN

Company: HARMAN International


The Senior Manager will lead a group of 4-12 hardware engineers, working in a collaborative environment to create audio, video, and lighting products designed for global markets for Harman Professional.  The Senior Manager will be responsible for driving daily hardware development activities through the team, as well as providing hands-on development work as necessary.  There will also be assignments for departmental systems and processes that advance engineering efficiency, communications, and data management.


  • Assign and supervise hardware resources to execute Harman products.
  • Set individual and departmental goals and provide performance reviews for direct reports.
  • Manage deliverable schedules and design times to meet product delivery, cost, quality, and reliability requirements.
  • Maintain and grow engineering staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.  
  • Develop and refine departmental workflows, tools, and processes to continuously improve time-to-market, product quality, and innovation.
  • Mentor direct reports and provide challenging assignments to grow individual and team skills.
  • Provide preliminary BOM estimates to drive “design to cost” mentality.
  • Own hardware designs through the complete lifecycle of the product.
  • Design schematics and layout implementations for circuits such as mixed-signal, low-noise analog, microphone preamplifier, class A/B and Class D amplifiers, LCD displays, and wireless connectivity and communications.
  • Work with internal Harman groups and external suppliers to select key electrical components including microprocessors, AD/DA/CODECs, DSPs, SOCs, amplifier chips, FPGAs, ASICs, USB, and other key electrical components.
  • Select electrical components that meet cost, performance, delivery, and reliability requirements.
  • Lead the hardware design activities for assigned programs to ensure that products meet HARMAN specifications and that program milestones are achieved.
  • Work with NPI, operations, and CMs/ODMs to ensure hardware designs meet world-class design for manufacturing (DFM) standards.
  • Prepare and maintain specifications, schematics, BOMs, and related documentation during development.
  • Provide guidance, review, and support to PCB layout team.
  • Organize and lead peer-based schematic and PCB layout design reviews.
  • Manage the electrical production BOM's.  Update & Release BOM's using Harman's configuration management & PLM systems.
  • Design, analyze, specify, and characterize electrical circuits and determines their performance characteristics using SPICE, Sabre, Hyperlynx, and other engineering CAE analysis tools.
  • Actively work to minimize the number of components in designs.  
  • Participate in a product team environment, supporting other team functions: software, mechanical, process, test, and quality engineering.
  • Lead circuit design and analysis, simulation, and DFMEA to ensure the design meets requirements.
  • Troubleshoot/debug HW using a variety of industry standard or in-house developed tools and test equipment.
  • Provide after-shipment service and troubleshooting support for high-rate warranty and field failures.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, MSEE preferred.
  • 3+ years leading hardware engineering teams.
  • 8+ years experience designing consumer and commercial products.
  • Professional-level written and verbal English skills.
  • Ability to motivate direct reports to drive peak performance.
  • Expertise in mixed-signal embedded HW design, specifically: analog and digital interfaces like SPDIF, LVDS, USB, switching and linear power supplies.
  • Demonstrated prior experience bringing an embedded product from concept to production.
  • 5+ years experience with schematic capture and layout tools, circuit simulation tools, and signal integrity simulation software.
  • Expertise in design for EMC mitigation, memory interfaces like DDR, and board-level IC interfaces like SPI, MLB, I2C, and I2S.
  • Familiar with Class AB, Class H and Class D amplifier output topologies.
  • Expertise with hardware debugging and validation test equipment, including logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, and Audio Precision.
  • Deep understanding of high-speed design techniques, including noise/ringing reduction, terminations, EMC mitigation, crosstalk, PCB routing, and signal measurement.
  • Clear understanding of physics in electronics circuits, including inductance, capacitance, magnetics, and electromagnetic radiation.  
  • Experience interfacing with management and explaining complex technical issues.
  • Clear and logical thought process.
  • Strong understanding of electronics manufacturing processes and methods.


About Us:


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 connected services.  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.  The Company’s 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 and reported sales of $7.0 billion during the last 12 months ended September 30, 2016.  The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.  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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