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Systems Program Manager / Senior Principle Engineer (m/f/d)

Garching bei München, Germany Job ID: 128926

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. These features will support NCAP guidelines, surround view, park assist as well as driver monitoring and augmented reality. This role is a key position to coordinate efforts across different product development lines and overseeing the achievement of larger organizational goals. You will be embedded within Harmans ADAS Systems Engineering group leading the overall development “heart beat” with strong focus to strategy and implementation ensuring an upward trajectory of success.

What You Will Do

  • You are the servant leader to define, implement and execute the BU ADAS software platform development “heart beat”
  • You will work closely with product management and product owners and other stakeholder to help ensure strategy and execution alignment
  • You will strategize, implement, and maintain program initiatives that adhere to organizational objectives
  • You will establish and communicate timeline for iterations and program increments (PI) by facilitating PI Planning event and process which breaks down the vision towards roadmap and backlogs through Pre- and Post-PI Planning events
  • Transition from prototyping to production incl. Ramp-up
  • Manage program and project teams for optimal return-on-investment, and coordinate and delegate cross-project initiatives by introducing program assessment protocols for evaluation and improvement
  • Manage and optimize the flow of value using various tools (Jira, Confluence, DNG, ALM)
  • Drive relentless improvement via Inspect and Adapt workshops
  • Escalate and track impediments
  • Maintain organizational standards of satisfaction, quality, performance and risk assessments
  • Develops and executes timing, budget and resource plans

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineer/Computer Science or related field
  • 5+ years of experience in C \ C++ and embedded systems (preferable automotive)
  • 5+ years in an advanced management role (preference given to those with program management experience)
  • Exceptional leadership, time management, facilitation, and organizational skills
  • Outstanding working knowledge of change management principles and performance evaluation processes
  • Experience with requirement management tools e.g. Doors, Polarion
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Automotive Program Management including understanding Automotive SPICE
  • Experience with methods used during all product development phases
  • Knowledge about risk and opportunities management
  • Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Be comfortable in an uncertain environment with constant risk management
  • Fluent in both written and spoken English

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineer/Computer Science or related field
  • MBA is a plus
  • Previous stakeholder management skills
  • Decision making and problem solving ability
  • Proven experience working in agile environment applying agile development methodologies (preferable as Solution Train Engineer)
  • German or Mandarin is a plus

What Makes You Eligible

  • Willingness 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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