Senior Riding Gear Apparel Designer

Auto req ID: 12368 
Title: Senior Riding Gear Apparel Designer 
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 Senior Riding Gear Apparel Designer.

Job Summary

The Senior Riding Gear Apparel Designer is accountable for leading the design and development of new products within the assigned categories of General Merchandise. In this role, you will initiate and manage the design, artwork creation, comp sheets, and research for specific categories on a tactical basis that support creative direction while upholding brand integrity. You will lead collaboration with category teams to ensure product concepts are on track and appropriate for category line plans to ensure the achievement of performance goals within the development line. You will recommend solutions to continuously improve processes and workflow to increase productivity. In this role motorcycle and apparel market research is important to ensure up-to-date and brand-appropriate designs/innovations are reflected in the line. In this role, you will also see products through the certification process.

Job Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates in-depth conceptual and practical knowledge in design, artwork creation, comp research, riding styles, functional fabrics, garment certification process, and basic knowledge of related areas such as technical design and merchandising
  • Impacts design, collection cohesiveness, and strategy within apparel design merchandising, and product development
  • Solves complex problems involving category strategies, brand guidelines, and creative direction, and enacts a new perspective on existing solutions. Works independently and receives minimal guidance
  • Acts as a resource for apparel design team members with less experience. Responsible for ongoing activities, objectives, and may lead projects or steps within a broader project
  • Communicates/Presents information clearly and effectively, including but not limited too difficult and/or sensitive information. Builds and maintains effective relationships with design, merchandising product development, and other team members
  • Strong understanding of protective motorcycle gear, rider needs, industry competitors, innovations, and CE certification process

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Preferred

Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience
  • Ability to apply knowledge of best practices in prototype/technical apparel design process, flat sketches, trends, and specs for fitting, and how their own area integrates with others to drive results
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within and/or lead a group or team providing guidance to members, see product from concept to conception, present and discuss design concepts to cross-functional teams
  • PLM, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Travel required up to 10%


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. Learn more about Harley-Davidson here.


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 not eligible for relocation assistance 





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