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Licensing Lead - Merchandise & Apparel

Auto req ID: 6426 
Title: Licensing Lead - Merchandise & Apparel 
Job Function: Apparel 
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?


The Harley-Davidson Motor Company Corporate Headquarters in Milwaukee, WI is the site where the first H-D factory - a wooden shed - was built in 1903 in the backyard of the William C. Davidson family home. Join our team as a Licensing Lead - Merchandise & Apparel.

Job Summary

The Licensing Lead is accountable for the execution of functional support to global apparel and accessories by supporting the licensee lifecycle management program for consumer product licensing. The Licensing Lead acts as day to day point of contact for all licensees, focusing on account management, product development, marketing and approvals with external and internal stakeholders. Manages strong working relationships with licensees in order to execute strong product development and management. Serves as a power-user of licensing management technology solution.

Job Responsibilities

-    Manage day to communications with all licensees. Ensure clear, timely and consistent communication between all licensees, sales, design, marketing and management. 
-    Continually analyze, identify and present opportunities to drive/grow the business in both existing and new categories. 
-    Ensure compliance of agreements (i.e.  royalty, distribution channels and product categories).
-    Assist with the review and approval of all cads, samples, packaging, etc
-    Assist licensing management team with amending and negotiating contracts. Ensure proper documentation (eg. NDA, LOI, etc.) is provided, if applicable. 
-    Assist in preparation of business reviews, presentations, market recaps and sales overviews. 
-    Serve as key contact for the DTC/Ecom team.
-    Manage the review and approval of new factories. 
-    Share appropriate corporate communications with licensees and partners in a timely manner. 
-    Research and review new account requests with licensing management team.
-    Key interface with GM Marketing and Corp Marketing. Prepare and share seasonal marketing plans with licensees. Identify opportunities and present to Licensing management team. 
-    Initiate and manage all incoming marketing needs with internal marketing and follow projects through to final approval. This includes Marketing and PR needs, packaging, showroom, website, POS, in-store visual, fixture needs, vendor guidelines and seasonal advertising requests. 
-    Ad hoc project as requested. 

Education Requirements
Bachelor's Degree Preferred
Experience Requirements


  • Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret data management, financial and performance data analytics and recommend best practices to improve licensing management, royalty statements, and score-carding
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a group and/or team and provide guidance to other employees
  • Proven track record of continuously improving accuracy in reporting, managing technology solutions, and effectively managing projects
  • Must be collaborative and customer focused. Someone with superb project management skills. 


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.


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


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