Multiple Openings: Product Development Purchasing (Remote eligible)

Auto req ID: 10643 
Title: Multiple Openings: Product Development Purchasing (Remote eligible) 
Job Function: Materials and Procurement 
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  Multiple Openings: Product Development Purchasing (Remote eligible).

Multiple positions/levels available

Associate Level - internships, 0-1 years experience

Intermediate Level - 3 years experience

Senior/Professional - 5 years experience

Lead/Staff - 8 years experience

Job Summary

This position is responsible for planning, monitoring, and accomplishing the goals for new model projects from a supply management perspective. Supports product development as it relates to purchasing activity for systems and components ranging from supplier selection, cost modeling and project management. This position supports component development activity related to new product launches, builds, and purchasing processes. Ability to analyze and manage components through process and product verification, validation and product launch. Responsible for multiple component cost, quality and timing requirements per business case commitments. Routinely and effectively communicates with H-D engineering, plant locations and other materials stakeholders regarding the status of new model projects from a supply management perspective. Tracks and ensures timely conclusion of all issues raised during the development process of projects they are leading. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise in Product Development Purchasing.
  • Demonstrates working knowledge and experience in working with suppliers while engaging product development processes.
  • Manages parts/components through the product development process.
  • Impacts the quality of their support and work through assessing supplier related risk and then proactively mitigating and managing said risk. Escalates when necessary.
  • Resolves complex problems related to purchased components and supplier management issues. Works independently, with only a moderate level of guidance.
  • Solves complex problems related to supplier issues using analytical thought, exercising judgment and identifying innovative solutions. May lead functional teams, special projects and the continuous improvement of purchasing processes.
  • High level of engagement and communication with suppliers and internal stakeholders like Engineering and Supply Chain.
  • Effectively communicates difficult information such as schedules, budgets, and technical needs and negotiates with suppliers and internal stakeholders to impact positive outcomes.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Preferred

Education Specifications

Bachelor's Degree Preferred

Experience Requirements


  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret product development purchasing challenges and recommend best practices to improve metrics.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a group and/or team and provide guidance to other employees.
  • Proven track record of knowledge in operations techniques including statistical process control (SPC), justin-time (JIT) manufacturing, Operational Excellence (Op Ex), cost management tools, benchmarking, and other quality and continuous improvement tools. Deep expertise in production or procurement of components and subsystems and knowledge in concurrent product and process development techniques and supply chain management and ability to apply to new product launches.
  • Travel required up to 25%.


  • Experience in automotive or motorcycle manufacturing environment


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 welcome everybody to join our family and be united no matter who you are or where you come from. Learn more about Harley-Davidson here


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


Direct Reports: No 
Travel Required: 10 - 25% 
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship 
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance 





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