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Director Engineering

Garching bei München, Germany Job ID: R-21673-2022

HARMAN’s engineers and designers are creative, purposeful and agile. As part of this team, you’ll combine your technical expertise with innovative ideas to help drive cutting-edge solutions in the car, enterprise and connected ecosystem. Every day, you will push the boundaries of creative design, and HARMAN is committed to providing you with the opportunities, innovative technologies and resources to build a successful career.

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A Career at HARMAN

As a technology leader that is rapidly on the move, HARMAN is filled with people who are focused on making life better. Innovation, inclusivity and teamwork are a part of our DNA. When you add that to the challenges we take on and solve together, you’ll discover that at HARMAN you can grow, make a difference and be proud of the work you do every day.

About the Role

Harman is gearing up and preparing to be Sorted after Automotive Software Services company along with its Products. As part of Tech and Innovation R&D strategy, one of the key focus areas is to create “Cloud Native Toolchain” for SDVs.

Harman is seeking results-driven, high-performance professional to spearhead, strategize, plan, execute, deliver and support market the software product ( Cloud based toolchain). Apart from management strength, extensive experience in leading complex Automotive Software products and holistic automotive engineering experience is required.

 Passionate individual with 15+ years of relevant professional experience of which 8+ years of managing and delivering large strategic accounts

Your Team

You will lead a team globally (NA, EU and APAC), comprising of 30-35 direct or indirect reports.

What You Will Do

  • Conceptualize, build and take to market next generation Automotive cloud based toolchain
  • Lead the product team to ensure deliverables (MRD, PRD, Business Case, Pitch deck) from innovation process are delivered on time
  • Build robust go-to-market plan
  • Synthesize global and regional market trends, market sizing, technology trends, and customer & consumer insights to determine product roadmap
  • Work across organizational boundaries (Harman and Samsung) to drive a unified and best-in-class approach to Product Management, Go-To-Market, R&D / Engineering
  • Collaborate with technical & business team members, who may only have a vague understanding of their need, to co-create a plan for executing product strategy
  • Working with Customer Groups (CG) and Marketing team to build and execute GTM strategy for Harman’s toolchain
  • Facilitate integration of Harman tools from SBUs and Horizontal engineering (STV, AES) to envision a market leading Automotive Software development and testing toolchain
  • Participate in Industry consortiums and events to pitch Harman’s products
  • Good knowledge of Automotive domain and cloud-native toolchain

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or equivalent; BE with MBA would be preferred
  • A minimum of 15+ years of experience in a software engineering with minimum 8+ years in managing and delivering complex automotive software products
  • Must bring top-notch management skills and a deep appreciation of development tools, techniques, systems, and solutions.
  • Experience with Strategic Selling techniques. Understanding of global delivery/supply chain model and multi-site project execution
  • Strong business acumen, relentless customer focus, communicating Value proposition, and solid presentation skills 
  • Experience in responding to RFP/RFQs and collaborating internally to craft winning pitch and proposal defense along with Pre-Sales team
  • Acumen to create product roadmap and prioritize requirement based on business demand  

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s Degree in Software Engineering/Business Management

What Makes You Eligible

  • Extensive experience in Account management role in the Automotive Software Services industry.
  • AUTOSAR operating system and middleware, functional safety, cybersecurity knowledge
  • This position is based in Europe (Germany)
  • Successfully completion of a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment

What We Offer

  • Flexible work environment, allowing for full-time remote work globally for positions that can be performed outside a HARMAN or customer location
  • Access to employee discounts on world-class Harman and Samsung products (JBL, HARMAN Kardon, AKG, etc.)
  • Extensive training opportunities through our own HARMAN University
  • Competitive wellness benefits

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. (


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Career Path

  1. Engineer

    An entry level role, the degreed Engineer knows and applies basic concepts and techniques of the profession under direct supervision and guidance. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree

  2. Senior Engineer

    A Senior Engineer provides a wider variety of technical support tasks using a combination of advanced engineering principles and techniques. They operate with little guidance/supervision as Subject Matter Experts (SME) in their defined area of specialization. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + 5 years’ experience.

  3. Principal Engineer

    Principal Engineers are recognized as an emerging expert. They lead the conceptualization, design, implementation and testing of technologies, tools, or process while consistently demonstrating technical expertise and ingenuity. They demonstrate the ability to plan, define, and execute projects with no supervision. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 12 years’ experience.

  4. Senior Principal Engineer

    Recognized as a technical expert, Senior Principal Engineers consistently demonstrate high levels of technical expertise, ingenuity and creativity. They develop and apply advanced technologies, engineering principles, theories and concepts, and have broad knowledge about the design and operation of systems outside of their specialty. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 16 years’ experience.

  5. Distinguished Engineer

    A Distinguished Engineer has a strong record of creativity and innovation. They advance engineering principles, theories and concepts, and are recognized as a Company-wide authority in one or more technical areas. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 20 years’ experience.

  6. Fellow

    A Fellow is an industry recognized expert with a significant body of peer reviewed research and journal publications and frequently speaks at conferences. Acts as a HARMAN ambassador. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 25 years’ experience.

  7. Senior Fellow

    A Senior Fellow is the most accomplished of an elite group of engineers, widely recognized as a World renowned expert in their field of expertise. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree + 30 years’ experience.

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    Local health and wellness initiatives, resources and activities are provided to help you achieve work/life integration and support maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

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