Manager Engineering

Auto req ID: 12783 
Title: Manager Engineering 
Job Function: Engineering 
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 Product Development Center (PDC) located in Wauwatosa, WI is home to the mantra – You dream it. We build it. Join our team as a  Manager Engineering.

Job Summary

The Manager Engineering works with colleagues in product development to deliver designs and specifications for global motorcycle products that satisfy customers while balancing stakeholder interests. This role provides technical leadership and expertise to teams of engineers and designers focused on motorcycle design, development, integration, and continuous improvement. In addition, the Platform Technical Manager will be responsible for resource forecasting and allocation, budgeting, collaborating with cross-functional teams, and managing the performance of others.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages Softail and global small-displacement motorcycle platform engineering.
  • Manages all work planning activities to drive motorcycle platform engineering excellence.
  • Acts as continuous improvement mentor/coach, driving best practice sharing within motorcycle platform.
  • Manages motorcycle integration design and engineering support, contracts systems engineering support, and leads engineering support executed by outside service providers and overseas partners.
  • Guides and coaches team members through product design and development methodology.
  • Manages motorcycle platform continuous improvement projects across teams.
  • Delegates responsibilities and empowers team members to make decisions, when appropriate.
  • 25-50% travel and frequent after-hours calls to effectively manage overseas partners.
  • Manages performance of direct reports.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related technical field is Required. Master’s Degree is Preferred (technical or MBA).

Experience Requirements


  • Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience.
  • Deep and broad knowledge of concepts, methods, and terminology in product design and vehicle integration.
  • Proven track record managing high-functioning teams in product design environments.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in problem-solving (root cause analysis).
  • Expertise in project management.
  • Demonstrated general understanding of computer-aided design (CAD) tools.
  • Substantial hands-on experience delivering high-value measurable results and successful launch for complex projects.
  • Broad expertise in engineering calculations and analysis, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and datum structure development.
  • Experience in global product development and leading remote teams.


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: Yes 
Travel Required: 25 - 50% 
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship 
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance 





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