HR Business Partner - Manufacturing (Hybrid)

Auto req ID: 18561 
Title: HR Business Partner - Manufacturing (Hybrid) 
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?


We maximize employee flexibility and well-being through a virtual mindset that supports our highly distributed, global workforce. We take an outcome-focused, people-centered approach to winning, including welcoming the best talent - wherever they may be.
This hybrid role is not tightly linked to a physical location and provides flexibility in where, when and how you accomplish your work. The amount of days expected to work onsite may vary based on business needs but is expected to be approximately 3 days. 


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 HR Business Partner - Manufacturing (Hybrid) and help build the world’s most sought-after motorcycles.

Job Summary

We're looking for an HR Business Partner who will support the day-to-day needs of the leaders on talent-related matters impacting the manufacturing plant. In this role, you will drive HR strategies to optimize the business within manufacturing and assist the leaders in developing and implementing solutions to make the strategy actionable. You'll partner with various stakeholders to support the organization's programs for performance management, rewards & recognition, and employee development and staffing. You will be working with the HR Director/ Manager on manufacturing continuous improvement operations and organizational leadership in accordance with their business and workforce priorities. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Human Resources Consultation & Management: Supports the implementation of strategies set forth by the Human Resources senior leadership team. Provides support to leaders, managers, and employees to better understand and utilize Human Resources tools, processes and policies; maximizing organizational effectiveness, improve performance, and ensuring compliance. Advises and counsels leaders and employees on people-related matters. Works collaboratively with COE and other Human Resources resources to accomplish the following activities (e.g., change initiatives, employee relations interventions, talent development/acquisition and performance management, organizational learning and development, business diagnostics, productivity analyses, retention and engagement assessment, employee communication, and Human Resources programs and services) in support of business goals.
  • Integrated Business Solutions: Works with assigned business units to help them align and integrate the strategic capabilities of the company's human resources with business unit objectives. Focuses Human Resources solutions on organizational outcomes that improve employee and organizational performance and productivity. Working collaboratively with COE resources, employee brokers with and utilizes the company's Human Resources network of resources to develop optimal solutions to meet business unit challenges.
  • Strategic Partner: Stays connected with Leadership Team; salaried workforce; Human Resources peers, and Corporate Human Resources. Works with the business to execute the agreed strategic plan. Understands the talent needs of the business. Partners with Organization Development resources to support the business. Ensures Human Resources programs are aligned with the business needs and culture.
  • Strategy Development and Execution: Participates in the establishment of work unit plans and performance measures in support of business goals. Assists business leaders to translate strategy into solutions, actions, and results. Is a credible activist ensuring the people-perspective is represented in business decisions so implications are understood and the workforce is proactively and successfully utilized for the overall benefit of the business. Assesses the impact of business decisions on the workforce and provides solutions to optimize opportunities and mitigate any downsides.
  • Talent Management: Identifies talent issues before they impact the business - manages performance effectiveness. Is a role model for performance management and developing others. Has the ability to diagnose and resolve significant issues as needed. Works with the business leaders to ensure diversity and inclusiveness are embraced and supported by all business units. Works with Director / Manager - Human Resources Business Services to develop solutions in concert with the business and COE philosophy (e.g. reward strategies, talent management, etc.). Is responsible for the implementation of all COE processes for business units. Understands Human Resources practices, procedures, employment law and COE approaches and administers them consistently and fairly.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • Master's Degree Preferred
  • PHR/SPHR or CP/SCP certification Preferred

Experience Requirements


  • Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience
  • Strong supervisory and operational managerial experience.
  • Demonstrated competence in recruiting and placement for various level positions; knowledge of professional guidelines in selection procedures, equal employment opportunity law and affirmative action compliance requirements, as well as labor standards and labor relations principals.
  • Ability to apply conceptual, innovative thinking processes to the practical implementation of systems; Ability to be forward thinking and strategic with respect to HR processes and systems, creating a climate for change.
  • Ability to influence in the organization to affect change.
  • Demonstrated competence in compensation theory.
  • Demonstrated organization and planning skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, insight into group dynamics, high tolerance for ambiguity and change, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.


  • Experience in a manufacturing environment is a strong plus.


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: No  
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 international relocation assistance (country to country)  






Nearest Major Market: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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