R&D Staff Engineer - Innovation

Auto req ID: 12163 
Title: R&D Staff Engineer - Innovation 
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  R&D Staff Engineer - Innovation.

Job Summary

We currently have an opening within our Electrical Systems team within I &A for a creative, self-driven and talented R & D engineer that will work in a broad range of technologies: ADAS, Enhanced vehicle controls, UX concepts, IoT, wireless communication and Infotainment to name a few.  The position will be hybrid with time flexible between a home office and on-site at our Harley-Davidson Motor Company Product Development Center and travel as needed to suppliers, industry events and our Arizona Proving Grounds.  
This position will be responsible for research, analysis, design, integration and summary reports and presentations of prototype concepts on individual as well as team projects – often with more than one in process at a time.  The candidate needs to have a history of being self-directed based on high-level input and will also interact and partner with other areas of the Product Development organization including Product Planning, Styling/Industrial Design, test labs, production engineering teams, 

Job Responsibilities

  • Take high-level voice-of-customer wants and translate into design concepts and functional demonstrators based on leveraging existing and evolving technologies while still balancing feasibility, robust designs and cost and effort to implement in a high-volume production environment.
  • Independently solve complex technical issues and provide solutions to problems using both creative processes and analytical methods. 
  • Technology prospecting for unique solutions and features via industry research and staying aware of evolving technology developments.  Investigation of a company’s components and technologies beyond just surface marketing materials to determine their true feasibility and potential customer and business value.
  • Work in both an individual as well as part of a team to deliver POC vehicles and systems.
  • Generate timing and cost plans for concept development and feature maturity.  Partner with cross-functional teams and suppliers to meet program and build milestones.  Identify risks and propose mitigations.
  • Provide input to define roadmap for future features and functions with internal stakeholders to exceed rider expectations.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • Requires a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or a related technical Degree.  

Experience Requirements


  • Requires a minimum of 8 years of professional experience in a technical field, with prior technical problem-solving experience.
  • Strong interest in motorcycle engineering and design.
  • Knowledge of whole-vehicle systems with detailed electrical system/component choice, software design, electrical design & integration experience.  Ability to work beyond electrical engineering and apply basic electro-mechanical engineering skills/experience.
  • Proven experience in hands-on proof-of-concept development – including electrical hardware, software, and integration tasks. Experience with developmental controllers and programming languages preferred.
  • Ability to communicate technical subjects in a clear, concise manner to multiple levels of the organization as well as leading and influencing cross-functional team members without direct authority.
  • Proven experience in a creative approach to solving problems and able to own issue resolution from data collection, data analysis, root cause identification, solution set generation, and selection of optimal solution.
  • Success using project management tools and principles to deliver on-time and within budget.
  • Ability to work with diverse global teams both internally and externally (suppliers).


  • Direct motorcycle or vehicle engineering experience (e.g. automotive, power sports, construction, agriculture, aerospace, marine).
  • Although not required, riding experience is a plus. 
  • Experience in developing code in multiple programming languages (C++, Python, Java, etc…) as needed for creating proof of concept functionality.  Model-based programming experience a plus.
  • IoT and app development experience sufficient to vet new feature concepts (production level development not required)
  • Electrical System design/development experience from concept through production launch. 
  • Demonstrates in depth conceptual and practical knowledge in engineering tools such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) models and drawings, as well as predictive analysis and conventional engineering calculations to demonstrate and communicate robustness of designs.


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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