Director, Manufacturing Operations

Auto req ID: 16822 
Title: Director, Manufacturing Operations 
Job Function: Manufacturing 
Location: PILGRIM 
Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company 
Full or Part-Time: Full Time 
Shift: SHIFT1 


At Harley-Davidson, we are building more than machines. It’s our passion and commitment to continue the evolution of this storied brand, and heighten the desirability of the Harley-Davidson experience. To keep building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution, and emotion we need the best and brightest talent. We stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Are you ready to join us?


Our Powertrain Operations facility, located on Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls, WI, is where the “jewel” of the motorcycle comes to life. Pilgrim Road employees produce engines and transmissions for the final assembly plant in York, Pennsylvania, as well as transmissions, and replacement parts for sale through Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories business. Join our team as a Director, Manufacturing Operations and help build the world’s most sought-after motorcycles.

Job Summary

Leads the sites overall manufacturing operations initiatives and facilitates proper execution of operational goals. Oversees operational areas and is accountable for daily execution of the system. A member of site leadership executing business strategy. A critical role within the help chain supporting effective and efficient resolution for escalating items with a pulse on rotation groups.

Job Responsibilities

  • Oversees continuous improvement using lean manufacturing with a strong discipline to systems execution.
  • Builds strong employee and labor relations to ensure a high-level of engagement.
  • Achieves plant goals and initiatives affecting safety, quality, cost, delivery, people and sustainability.
  • Implements and supports policies, programs and initiatives.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • Bachelor's in Engineering or Business Degree Preferred
  • MBA Preferred

Experience Requirements


  • Typically requires a minimum of 12 years related experience. Minimum of 5 years of management experience.


Harley-Davidson is an equal opportunity employer that continues to build a culture of inclusion, belonging and equity through our commitment to attracting and retaining diverse talent from all backgrounds, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. We believe in fairness and providing a level playing field for all. We foster a culture that thrives on diverse perspectives and contributions to ignite the creativity and innovation to fuel our business and enhance the employee and customer experience.


We offer an inclusive compensation package for all full-time salaried employees including, but not limited to, annual bonus programs, health insurance benefits, a 401k program, onsite fitness centers and employee stores, employee discounts on products and accessories, and more. We welcome everybody to join our family and be united no matter who you are or where you come from. Learn more about Harley-Davidson here


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.


Direct Reports: Yes  
Travel Required: 0 - 10%  
COVID-19 Vaccine Required: No  
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship  
Relocation: This position is eligible for domestic relocation assistance (within posted country)  





Nearest Major Market: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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