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Director Advanced EV Systems Engineering - LiveWire Labs


Mountain View, CA, US

Auto req ID: 1838 
Title: Director Advanced EV Systems Engineering - LiveWire Labs 
Job Function: Engineering 
Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company 
Full or Part-Time: Full Time 
Shift: SHIFT1 

At Harley-Davidson Motor Company, we do much more than just build motorcycles; we fulfill dreams of personal freedom. We are customer led in all we do, and we believe and invest in our people and our communities. Harley-Davidson (H-D) believes that its people are our only real long-term competitive advantage and their energy and commitment is what has made us successful since 1903.


We are on a mission to the lead the electrification of two wheels and have established H-D LiveWire Labs in Mountain View, California to drive the development of industry-leading EV systems. This new office in Silicon Valley is operational with more than half the staff already in place. To date, we’ve attracted some of the industry’s best EV talent and are building an entrepreneurial culture backed by the resources and full support of the 115-year-old globally respected brand. Join our team as the Director Advanced EV Systems Engineering. As the top leader of the LiveWire Labs teams, you will provide vision and guidance to the experienced cross-functional organization delivering the innovation, design and development underpinning H-D’s entire future EV portfolio.


Key Responsibilities

Lead a team of product development leaders and experts, leveraging H-D’s extensive product development assets to create industry-leading modular, scalable EV systems with best-in-class performance, usability, quality and cost. Oversee the work of cross functional battery engineering and power electronics engineering teams, EV systems and software architect as well as multiple support resources (program management, advanced manufacturing, purchasing).


Work closely with the vehicle development teams to optimize designs, the advanced manufacturing team to develop manufacturing processes and equipment, and collaboratively iterate system and component designs, software and processes accordingly. Balance the needs of short-term project goals with the longer-term architectural plan to provide value for the next generation of EVs.


Build relationships with strategic suppliers, technical partners, internal stakeholders and universities to influence their development focus and help ensure H-D's early access to high-impact technologies and designs across the electric motorcycle portfolio.


Build and maintain a culture of excellence, accountability, and leadership that enables LiveWire Labs employees to do the best work of their career. Foster curiosity and empower innovative thinking to solve problems in a new way and deliver EV technologies that are better than what the industry has come to expect.


Education Required:

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical or software engineering or related technical degree. Advanced degree preferred (technical or MBA).


Ideal Experience & Capabilities:

  • Strong leadership and teambuilding capabilities. Broad skills and experience in empowering talented teams and inspiring creativity while optimizing the use of standard processes, tools and techniques
  • Track record of developing and delivering a wide variety of EV system designs to production
  • Knowledge of both agile and conventional product design processes, and how to balance the two to achieve both efficiency and safety.
  • Strong understanding of the underlying physics and tools to optimize, design, verify and validate motorcycle, power sports or automotive EV systems, including associated software and controls
  • Extensive experience with varied manufacturing and assembly processes in EV system production
  • Demonstrated experience leading or strongly influencing cross-functional teams to achieve desired results
  • Project management capabilities resulting in successful achievement of difficult project objectives including quality, cost and performance within tight timelines
  • Industry publications or other recognition is valued (conference or journal publications, industry group leadership roles, speaking engagements, etc.)


Other Requirements:

At Harley-Davidson, it is not just what degree you have or what you know. You must also exhibit and demonstrate our Valued Behaviors in everything that you do:

  • Be Accountable
  • Model Integrity
  • Value Individuality and Diversity
  • Inspire Teamwork
  • Encourage Creativity


The successful candidate will also exhibit the following:

  • Focus on winning: Driven to work smarter to deliver consistently better motorcycling experiences than the competition – cost effectively and efficiently
  • Learner: Lifelong learner – passionate about deeply understanding and advancing the product, processes and culture
  • Self-starter: Independently drive results amidst ambiguity with a clear focus on what matters most
  • Collaboration and communication: Clearly articulate concepts and plans, inspire and collaboratively drive progress through others
  • Innovator: Ability to think outside the box and deliver the unexpected


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 believe that employees do their best work when they are free to be themselves. This means our dress code is relaxed, and all types of work styles are welcomed.


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


Direct Reports: Yes 
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) 

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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