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LEAP Electrical Engineer

Richardson, Texas Job ID: 121674 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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  • Agile
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  • Technical Capability
  • Results-Driven

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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

Ready to explore a world of opportunities? If so, the Leadership Experience Acceleration Program (LEAP) is just for you. At HARMAN, we invest in the future talent of our organization by developing early career professionals. Over the two-year program, the R&D LEAP members will rotate through three R&D roles within the HARMAN Professional Solutions Group, with one being an international rotation. In the process, members will gain global experience, enhance their technology and management skills and build an in-depth understanding of the technology, businesses, and functions within HARMAN.

In addition, you will participate in a mentoring program to help guide your experience, gain access and exposure to HARMAN University courses, in-person group learning, virtual and self-paced programs while developing a strong peer and global network.

Are you driven to solve complex problems? Do you thrive in a results-oriented environment? In addition, are you seeking an opportunity that strikes your creative and technical abilities? If yes, then LEAP is for you!

Your Team

For the initial rotations, it is expected there are no direct reports. As the R&D LEAP member progresses through their assignments they will acquire supervisory responsibility as part of the development program.

Within any projects set during the assignments, the member may retain supervisory responsibility for team members as required within the specified project.

What You Will Do

  • Design and implement analog or digital electronics as part of a Product Development or CoC team.
  • Understand products at a system level and be able to contribute to product architecture
  • Participate in design reviews with other team members and contribute to the improvement of designs.
  • Guidance and assistance from more senior engineers is provided, but must also be able to work independently
  • Review and guide the development of design and product validation plans
  • Review and assist on product cost (BOM) and project schedule
  • Seek improvement opportunities, ask questions, and use curiosity to encourage new ways of thinking

There are 3 rotations over the 2-year life of an R&D LEAP program member. Below are a few examples of the rotations:

  • PD Team Rotation: works as a key member of a Product Development team to successfully deliver a new product within the constraints of time, quality, and cost. Assists other team members to develop their skills and
  • Center of Competence Rotation: Works with the Center of Competence teams to deliver impactful platforms and technologies which are used by PD teams to speed new product introductions to the market.
  • Test Engineering Rotation: Works with the test and Advanced Manufacturing teams to impact the process and execution of design validation, process validation, and production test.

What You Will Need

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or Audio Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Minimum of 2 years of Electrical or Audio Engineering experience.
  • Experience with electronic product design and development.
  • Experience with design for EMC compliance.
  • Self-confidence and ability to work on a fast-paced, dynamic project team.
  • Strong work ethics and principles. Team player with a positive attitude to succeed.
  • Strong aptitude for technology.

What is Nice to Have

  • Analog or Digital electronics background is preferred.
  • Past Audio or DSP experience is very helpful.

What Makes You Eligible

  • Willingness to travel (up to 20%) and commitment to the rotations over the length of the program.
  • Ability to relocate outside of the home country for one rotation (typically no longer than 6-8 months).
  • Willingness to work in an office initially in Richardson, TX or Northridge, CA or Shenzhen, China.
  • Willingness to relocate to any HARMAN office in the future.
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.
  • Commitment to the program and assignments over the two years.

What We Offer

  • An opportunity to collaborate with talented teams across the world.
  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters career development opportunities.
  • A culture encouraging work-life integration.
  • Competitive wellness benefits and tuition reimbursement
  • Access to employee discounts on world-class HARMAN (JBL, HARMAN Kardon, etc.) and Samsung products.


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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    Training Resources

    Deepen your technology knowledge in Product Security, Android, Python, System, Software, and Hardware Architecture, and System testing.

  • Career Progression

    Transparent career progression with tangible and specific goals to work towards in preparation to meet your ultimate career aspirations

  • Collaboration

    Collaborate with a diverse group of end-to-end prototyping and research engineers, interaction and visual designers, software and hardware developers.

  • Global Impact

    Work with engineers from across the Globe to create world class design and production solutions.

  • Diversity & Inclusion

    Our engineers to take pride in their unique character, cultural and work identities and are encouraged to bring this valuable perspective to their work.

  • Health & Wellness

    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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