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Distinguished Engineer (m/f/d) ADAS Technology and Innovation

Garching bei München, Germany Job ID: R-723-2021

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

This position is within Harman Automotive Division. In this position you will be part of a global team, who will design and develop features and functions for ADAS products using tomorrow’s technology. This role is one of the key positions within Harman’s technology and innovation team scouting breakthrough new technology to accommodate and shape  future market trends. You will be embedded within Harman’s ADAS Systems Engineering group working cross-functional towards our ADAS products to ensure the identification, evaluation and alignment of new technology such that our products are always one step ahead. 

What You Will Do

  • Leave your personal footprint: You are responsible for innovation and technology consulting and roadmap within BU ADAS 

  • Work cross-functional to all our ADAS products and business development to identify new use cases, scenarios or features 

  • Screen, scout and evaluate the technology market and trends 

  • Derive and map new technologies towards our products to enable USPs for the future 

  • You will work closely together with business development, sales/marketing and pre-development departments to determine and align requirements identifing fields for product innovations 

  • Drive the networking between technology (software and hardware) start-ups, SoC’s supplier, academic stakeholder to match interests and evaluate potential collaboration partner

What You Need

  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineer/Computer Science or similar (PhD is a plus) 

  • 15+ years hands on development and engineering experience – especially in ADAS, connected services or infotainment systems is a plus 

  • 5+ years experience as algorithm or software developer focusing on machine learning algorithms, IP accelerators or sensors 

  • Proven track record in delivering innovative automotive software products – from technology/innovation identification, selection, assessment, integration and execution 

  • Strong supplier and technology network in SoC, sensor, software/algorithmic start-ups, TIER-1s and academic 

  • Excellent people skills and the ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders from students to experienced engineers up to senior management 

  • Hands-on experience in running innovation formats 

  • Extensive experience with technology scout tools and processes and the adaptation towards series production 

  • Experience with requirement management tools e.g. Doors, Polarion 

  • Experienced in creation of high quality cross platform reusable software  

  • Self motivated, result driven individual, must be passionate about the work 

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English – german or mandarin is a plus 

  • Demonstrate high levels of technical expertise, ingenuity and creativity.  You will be required to develop and apply advanced technologies, engineering principles, theories and concepts, and have broad knowledge about the design and operation of systems outside of your specialty.

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Leadership: Demonstrate character, clarity, courage and commitment to high-performance. Build environment of trust, high performance and engagement by establishing clear goals and a commitment to feedback, development and recognition.
  • Change Orientation: Champion a better, faster and simpler way of doing things. Apply original thinking and continuous improvement to processes, products, systems or services and manage change to better serve customer needs. 

  • Collaboration: Connect, engage and communicate with others. Encourage open expression of ideas; communicate effectively at all levels and build strong relationships. 

  • Judgment: Make sound decisions. Demonstrate critical thinking to take appropriate risk and make sound and timely decisions.

  • Results-Driven: Deliver extraordinary results. Take initiative to achieve superior, quality results against internal or external standards of excellence.  

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 20%

Our offer

  • Be part of an international team working with the world's largest automotive manufacturers
  • Attractive salary package based on Metall & Elektro Tarif Baden Wurttemberg
  • Employer contribution to a company pension plan
  • Extensive technical trainings (e.g in our HARMAN University)
  • Career development opportunities
  • A great package of additional benefits such as
    • flexible working time
    • allowance for public transportation
    • language courses
    • sport events like B2Run or a skiing trip
    • daily canteen allowances
    • employee discounts on our HARMAN (JBL, AKG, HARMAN Kardon) and Samsung products
    • and much more...

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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