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Principal Engineer, Cloud Development

Vernon Hills, Illinois Job ID: R-3650-2021

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

The candidate shall play the role of a Principal Engineer for the Connected Car platform and will be responsible for defining the system requirements for the product, defining the EtE architecture, and guiding the implementation and integration activities technically for a deployment-ready product. He/She shall drive the key value propositions of the product and will be responsible for representing that value proposition in front of prospective and existing customers. The candidate is likely to be engaged in the delivery of the product to multiple customers.

Your Team

The candidate as a Principal Engineer shall not have any direct reports. However, he/she shall provide technical leadership to a team of size 15-20 people across multiple programs.

What You Will Do

  • Candidate shall be responsible for the EtE solution architecture based on the core Connected Car platform that meets the requirements specified by the customer.

  • Candidate shall be responsible for defining the APIs and integration strategy of the product with other 3rd party applications and platforms. This would include the design and implementation of any custom adapters that may be needed for the integration.

  • Candidate shall be responsible for the analysis of customer requirements and help the program manager with the work breakdown structure of the project and estimation of activities required to be done in the project

  • Candidate shall be responsible for defining the integration strategy for the EtE solution.

  • Candidate shall be responsible for making the right choices when technology options have to be chosen for the customer solution.

  • The candidate shall be responsible for generating relevant technical documentation like architecture documents, high-level designs, low-level designs for the product

  • The candidate shall be responsible for defining and enforcing the best development processes e.g. source code management tools, code reviews, static checks, docker files, etc.

  • The candidate shall be responsible for the development of proposals to customers including analysis of requirements provided by the customer and positioning the features of the product.

  • The candidate shall lead technical discussions with architects from the customer team and if required justify all the product architecture decisions taken for the connected car platform.

  • The candidate shall be responsible for advising the product qualification team on the validation of the requirements of the product.

What You Need

  • Candidate should have a minimum of 10 years and experience in development of JAVA based solutions

  • Candidate should be a B.Tech/B.E/M.Tech in E&C or Computer Science

  • Candidate’s primary domain of expertise should be cloud-based web applications and cloud-based Big Data and Analytics platforms.

  • Candidate should be familiar with deployments on at least one cloud platform like AWS, Azure or Ali Cloud.

What is Nice to Have

  • Candidate should have expertise in the domain of backend cloud-based JAVA applications

  • Candidate should have deep experience with JAVA applications and should have high-level of proficiency in Core JAVA and the use of frameworks such as Spring, Hibernate, Springboot, Web servers like Tomcat

  • Candidate should be familiar with Microservices architecture and definition and deployment of REST-based APIs for use by 3rd party applications.

  • Candidate should have worked on developing highly scalable and resilient big data platforms with event ingestion pipelines based on lightweight protocols like MQTT, AMQP, and high capacity messaging hubs like Kafka. The candidate should have experience driving the EtE integration of such platforms including integration of analytics frameworks like Spark streaming, Hadoop, H2O

  • Thorough understanding of all types of databases RDBMS, NoSQL, Caches and their applicability to different scenarios and firsthand experience with one popular DB of each type is a must

  • Candidate should be familiar with configuration management, development & test environments used for the development of JAVA-based applications.

  • Candidate should have worked in programs where applications are deployed in Cloud infrastructure and should be familiar with CI/CD processes applicable to such deployments

  • Candidate should have experience defining the traffic models used in the scalability, performance, and HA testing of cloud-based platforms.

  • Candidate should have a good understanding of the security principles to be followed in the development of cloud-based solutions including but not limited to the use of certificates, authentication, authorization, data encryption, secret management, etc.

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 5%, domestic and international travel

  • Be willing to work in an office in Vernon Hills, IL

  • Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment

What We Offer

  • Access to employee discounts on world-class HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG, etc.)

  • An 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

  • 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. (


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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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