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Sr Systems Engineer - Innovation / Architecture

Auto req ID: 292 
Title: Sr Systems Engineer - Innovation / Architecture 
Job Function: Engineering 
Location: PDC 
Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company 
Full or Part-Time: Full Time 
Shift: SHIFT1 

We are paving more roads to Harley-Davidson by developing exhilarating new products, creating broader access to our iconic brand, and building a stronger dealer network. We can’t do it without the best and brightest. Step one of this strategic acceleration is adding talent who can blow the doors wide open with innovation and creativity while staying true to the Harley-Davidson brand and legacy. We are focused on the next 115 years. Are you in?


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  Sr Systems Engineer - Innovation / Architecture.

Job Summary

Join our team as a Senior Systems Engineer and help develop vehicle architecture designs and strategies for future vehicle platforms through collaboration with Engineering, Marketing, Styling, external partners, and other stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities

This is what you will do:

  • Design and integrate chassis systems into next generation vehicle architectures
  • Establish design inputs through benchmarking and predictive methods for a vehicle and/or vehicle platform (geometry, mass distribution, acceleration & deceleration, ride & handling, ergonomics, energy consumption, etc.)
  • Mitigate technical risk by delivering CAD assemblies of complete motorcycles containing basic design and analysis of vehicle systems and interfaces
  • Exhibit new vehicle architectures and bundled innovation projects in proof-of-concept physical demonstrators
  • Improve existing and/or create new vehicle architecture and integration processes for Engineering

Education Specifications

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related technical degree.

Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. In addition, they will have demonstrated the following:

  • Strong understanding of chassis system architecture and all major design considerations for vehicle integration.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in cascading customer inputs into measurable vehicle level requirements that drives design of a component or system.
  • Demonstrated high proficiency at integrating complex systems for an optimized vehicle through CAD packaging and alternative design tradeoff studies - with special emphasis on chassis systems for new and existing vehicle architectures.
  • Ability to execute clean sheet drawing datum structures and dimensioning schemes in regards to system and vehicle tolerance analysis.
  • Experience with Design for Assembly and Manufacture (DFA/DFM) by developing designs that are easy and efficient to assemble correctly and can be economically manufactured with common processes.


At Harley-Davidson it is not just about the degree you have or what you know. You must also exhibit and demonstrate our valued behaviors in everything you do:

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


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: 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) 





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