Staff Engineer Design-Rider Interface

Auto req ID: 11102 
Title: Staff Engineer Design-Rider Interface 
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  Staff Engineer Design-Rider Interface.

Hybrid Schedule

Position will be hybrid with time split between a home office and on-site at our Harley-Davidson Motor Company Product Development Center (PDC) located in Wauwatosa, WI.

Job Summary

In this position, you will lead the development and delivery of the electrical architecture design and functional integration to deliver cross program level requirements and regulatory compliance.  You will work with an experienced cross-functional engineering team to own electrical system scope, design, and development. And you will look beyond just the immediate project scope and requirements to guarantee that it aligns with future technology trends and partner with advanced engineering team to prepare roadmaps to deliver new features and functions.  

Job Responsibilities

•    Develop next-generation electrical system and component requirements through collaboration with key stakeholders, product benchmarking, and input from industry standards.
•    Define roadmap for future features and functions with internal stakeholders to exceed rider expectations.
•    Decompose vehicle-level requirements and use-cases into electrical system-level and component-level requirements.
•    Lead physical and virtual design reviews to confirm confidence in designs prior to program milestones.
•    Support the Reliability & Validation Engineer to ensure systematic verification of vehicle electrical systems by establishing requirements traceability, developing test-cases, and ensuring test coverage across applicable test methods.
•    Develop software verification plans to ensure features are intuitive and robust at vehicle launch.
•    Resolve technical issues by applying problem-solving techniques and facilitating cross-functional support from the Engineering and Test Organizations.
•    Support vehicle-level system integration activities, regulatory homologation events, pre-production vehicle builds, and vehicle launch builds.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • This position requires a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or a related technical Degree. 
  • Master’s degree preferred.

Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 8 years of relevant design engineering experience in a related field.  In addition, they will have demonstrated the following:
•    Proven technical knowledge and design experience of existing vehicle technologies as well as awareness of future vehicle technologies, with an ability to inform future vehicle designs.
•    Success coordinating teams of internal stakeholders and suppliers to meet aggressive quality and performance objectives. Ability to lead and influence cross-functional team members without direct authority.
•    Strong interest (direct experience desired) in motor vehicle engineering and design (auto, motorcycle, truck & bus, agriculture, etc.)  Knowledge of whole-vehicle systems with detailed electrical system/component design & integration experience.
•    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.
•    Experience with systems or components such as vehicle interface (hand controls), instrumentation, infotainment, connectivity or telematics.
•    Experience authoring requirements, developing test-cases, and establishing traceability in a process that supports product development in accordance with a functional safety process, ISO26262 preferred.  
•    Electrical System design/development experience from concept through production launch. 
•    Experience with Quality Engineering deliverables, including DFMEAs and Design Validation Plans and Test Reports.
•    Ability to communicate technical subjects in a clear, concise manner to multiple levels of the organization.  
•    Ability to work with diverse global teams both internally and externally (suppliers).


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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