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Senior Engineer, Resident Electrical

Novi, Michigan Job ID: 121614 Additional locations: None

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.

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About the Role

This position is within HARMAN’s Lifestyle Automotive Engineering department, located in Novi, MI, though the role will be located at GM’s Technical Center in Warren, MI. The responsibility of the Senior Electrical Resident Engineer (known in GM as Systems Integration Engineer (SIE)) is to provide hardware and software technical and troubleshooting of audio systems to GM. In addition, the position will be the bridge between the customer and internal engineering teams. The Engineering team is looking for the ultimate team player and positive thinking, customer-satisfying person. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of success with audio systems engineering and customer facing interaction

What You Will Do

  • Lead the electrical system integration aspects of HARMAN’s new product development programs at the customer’s site.
    • Interact with the customer’s various engineering organizations, such as audio, infotainment, body-in-white, trim, instrument panel, wiring, electrical, system integration, EMC, bus communication.
    • Test Harman components at customer’s electrical test bench/vehicle to troubleshoot, diagnose, debug and root cause Hardware, Software and Systems Issues
    • Point of contact between GM Leads and Harman Hardware, Software and Systems Engineering groups.
    • Manage and track Harman’s software releases in the customers release system
    • Document test failures in Harman’s JIRA system
    • Lead software updates using Harman and customer’s flashing tools
    • Lead Harman’s retrofit efforts at customer site
    • Support Audio and Noise tuning at customer site

  • Communicate customer design direction and changes to the HARMAN design team, including program management, and amplifier engineering.
    • Facilitate the transfer of specifications, change requests, roll-out plans, software tools, etc., between the customer and HARMAN using data exchange systems as necessary; engineering, software engineering and as appropriate, quality personnel.
    • Coordinate the communication of related design documentation between the customer and HARMAN, such as; specifications, connector pin-out definitions, communications protocols and wiring diagrams.
    • Track Software Engineering change requests.
  • Chair and/or attend customer meetings as HARMAN’s engineering representative. Coordinate meeting assignments with fellow Resident Engineers, as necessary. Provide immediate feedback to the appropriate HARMAN personnel.
    • Audio system open issue meeting
    • Software bench evaluations and integration troubleshooting
    • Design reviews at the concept, prototype, and production stages of development
    • Issue-resolution reviews following customer builds at the concept, prototype, and production stages of development
    • Pilot reviews and launch-readiness meetings
  • Review sample parts (concept-, prototype- and production-level) with the customer for immediate feedback.
    • Verify Electrical integration of components in concept-, prototype- and production-level vehicles.
    • Compare customer and HARMAN components against CAD models, specifications and drawings.
    • Report, investigate track all software integration issues discovered by the customer.
  • Report and negotiate engineering specifications with the customer.
  • Assess the customer’s mindset. Report substantial changes in the customer’s (Engineering, Purchasing, Quality, Manufacturing, etc.) perceptions of HARMAN’s performance to Engineering and Sales management.
  • Travel periodically to support Vehicle Troubleshooting at Assembly Plant.
  • Participate in software integration/debug initiatives as conducted by the customer. Assist in system level debug operations. Collect relevant measurements, bus traces, communication logs and other data to enable design engineering to quickly resolve integration issues.

What You Need

  • Bachelors in Engineering or related field and 5 years’ experience or Master’s Degree in above mentioned fields and 3 years of experience in electronics design.
  • Hands on experience with a wide range of electrical test and diagnostic test equipment such as oscilloscopes, multimeters, and data loggers
  • Must be able to use software flashing, test and diagnostic tools
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Design experience of automotive electronics Hardware and/or Software
  • Experience working at an automotive Tier 1.

Results-Driven: Having a proactive, goal-oriented approach to decision making.

  • Clear and strategic thinker; proven experience in translating strategies into actionable plans
  • Capable of handling multiples projects / initiatives simultaneously and executing to completion

Team Player: Having respect for customer and colleagues; leading teams with clarity and accountability.

  • Proven team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global matrixed organization

Change Orientation: Able to adapt to changing demands and conditions.

  • Act as a Change Management expert and enabler on various projects and programs across the business

Customer Focus: Providing exceptional service and quality to external and internal customers.

  • Understanding and working in past organizations that have centralized and de-centralized structures as business requirements change

Self-Awareness: Accepting responsibility for personal development and actions.

  • Have clear objectives and strives to exceed them
  • Takes ownership for personal career and skill development

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 10% of the time.
  • Required to work at customer office in Warren, MI for the majority of work time, some work in local Harman office in Novi, MI.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment
  • Any offer of employment for any position that requires use of a HARMAN or customer owned vehicle is contingent upon the applicant having a clean driving record, which will be evaluated and determined in Harman’s sole discretion; however, applicants may have no more than 4 active points for moving violations (issued by any motor vehicle agency), and applicants must have no references to operating a vehicle under the influence of controlled substances within the last 10 years.

What We Offer

  • Access to employee discounts on world class HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG etc.)
  • Inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages career development opportunities
  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work life integration and collaboration in a global environment
  • On-site opportunities to focus on personal well-being and development such as, onsite café, fitness center, weekly massage, fitness classes, and other onsite events promoted by our Employee resource groups
  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies
  • Internal talent management leadership acceleration programs
  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program
  • Scholarship programs for employee family members


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. (

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

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  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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  7. Senior Fellow

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