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Software Architect (m/f/d)

Garching bei München, Germany Job ID: R-8293-2021

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.

Position Summary:

As Software Architect you will be responsible for the overall software architectural development of an Automotive Infotainment Headunit in a customer project. The reuse of Harman subsystems and solutions and the sustainable development of new features are some of your major development goals.

As the leader of Software Architecture you will be a driver of software and architecture quality and keep the project execution aligned to Harman standards and as well to international standards.

What You Will Do:

Your responsibility will embrace mainly the following

  • Development of the software architecture design to fulfill customer requirements and to achieve Functional Safety and Security goals of the product
  • Architectural work package breakdown, planning and steering of architectural works in the decentralized teams
  • Technical analysis and assessment of customer requirements and final clarification with customer
  • Conducting Architecture coordination meetings with project management and customer
  • Specification of SW architectural and technical requirements
  • Definition of architectural quality requirements, e.g. architecture metrics, performance KPI, stability criteria and resource budgets for our products
  • Analysis and resource estimation of customer change requests
  • coordination of architectural collaboration with sw architects of subsystem suppliers
  • Monitoring of development status and the quality of architectural work products according to Harman standards
  • execution of design and code reviews
  • Support and train domain architects according to architectural model an methods
  • Enhancement of the underlying software architectural model to achieve product needs
  • Comply to Harman processes and international standards, as e.g. ISO 12207, ISO 42010, ISO 26262 - Functional Safety
  • Consideration of and preparation of sw quality assessment according to Automotive standards, e.g. Automotive SPICE
  • Continuous improvement of the Harman software architecture and design processes

What You Need:

  • University degree in Computer Science, Electronics or any comparable qualification
  • At least 5 years of architectural experience in Automotive projects
  • Excellent knowledge of model based software architecture principles and architectural patterns
  • Expert knowledge in software engineering of Automotive Systems, esp. realtime operating systems
  • Proven knowledge in modern operating systems, such as Linux.
    Android and Autosar knowledge would be appreciated
  • Expert knowledge in EE-/IT-security and Functional Safety engineering
  • Profound knowledge of automotive communication networks like CAN and Ethernet as well as communication protocols as TCP/IP, SomeIP and AVB
  • Solid background in using state of the art software engineering tools like Enterprise Architect, DOORS, JIRA and PROCOM
  • Knowledge about international standards (esp. ISO 12207, ISO 42010, ISO 26262, Automotive SPICE®)
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Fluent communication in German and English

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in Automotive Cyber Security
  • Expert knowledge in System Architecture and in Hardware Design

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel
  • Willingness to work in an office

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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  1. Engineer

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  2. Senior Engineer

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  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

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  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

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