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Senior Advanced Manufacturing Engineer - Assembly

Auto req ID: 7333 
Title: Senior Advanced Manufacturing Engineer - Assembly 
Job Function: Manufacturing 
Location: YORK 
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 Vehicle Operations facility in York is our final assembly plant. Employees at York also perform a variety of manufacturing operations, including fabrication, welding, polishing and painting and produce a wide range of current and replacement parts for all models. Join our team as a Senior Advanced Manufacturing Engineer - Assembly.

Job Summary

The Sr Advanced Manufacturing Engineer for assembly is well-versed and knowledgeable in the following areas: Design for Assembly/Manufacturing (DFA/M) principles, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) tools & methodology, assembly process planning, procurement and installation of capital equipment, and material handling/flow.  They perform a key role in manufacturing process development and implementation (both internal to H-D and externally with the supply base); and should have experience with motorcycle, vehicle, or powertrain assembly.   As the process expert, the role is focused on opportunities to influence new product design for assembly through development of: integrated manufacturing systems, standardized processes & templates, risk assessment & mitigation (PFMEA), and after action reviews (AAR). This role will also provide technical help chain support across H-D and the Supply Base.  A strong focus on Continuous Improvement and manufacturing innovation are also critical for success in this role. Domestic and international travel will be required through the life of the projects that this role supports.

Key Deliverables

•    Employees at all levels are expected to keep abreast of new and changing technology and methods that enhance their skill set. This can be accomplished through continuing learning at outside classes, seminars, reading and other related training opportunities.

Continuous Improvement
•    Continuously improves processes and responsibilities in their job.

•    Employee will interact with a variety of stake holders via various communication mediums (written and/or verbal).
•    Is comfortable interacting at all levels within and outside the company.
•    Actively listens and seeks others opinions.
•    Focuses on facts and process, not the person.
•    Shares information honestly and transparently.

Advanced Technology/Innovation
•    Interacts closely with the design community, manufacturing, as well as the supply base to work in a collaborative nature on new product & process development.
•    Proactively pursues new technology that may provide benefit to our organization

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for ongoing activities, objectives and may lead medium to large scale projects from concept to development, through capital funding planning and approval, and ultimately through successful implementation.
  • Influences and impacts part design related to Design for Assembly, error proofing, fixture design, torque strategy development and incorporating quality improvement measures.
  • Solves complex problems related to "Should Cost Analysis" for new tooling and parts and enacts a new perspective on existing solutions.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of best practices with suppliers to develop best practice assembly methods and procedures and how their own area integrates with others to drive results.
  • Implements JIT and Lean Manufacturing principles (5s, Six Sigma, CI system, etc.)
  • Performs supplier technical assessments and implements supplier technical development plans.
  • Works independently and receives minimal guidance.

Education Requirements

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, or a related field.

Experience Requirements


•    Minimum of 5 years of manufacturing experience is required.
•    The ability to communicate technical subjects in a clear and concise manner to multiple levels of the organization.   
•    Demonstrated success in solving challenging technical problems within a focused team environment. 
•    The candidate must also demonstrate proven success managing medium-to-large-scale projects from concept development, through capital funding planning and approval, and ultimately through successful implementation.

Preference will be given to candidates that also demonstrate they are able to:
•    Influence part design related to Design for Assembly (DFA), error proofing, fixture design, torque strategy development and incorporating quality improvement measures.
•    Participate in “Should Cost Analysis” for new tooling and parts.
•    Work with suppliers to develop best practice assembly methods and procedures.
•    Implement JIT and Lean Manufacturing principles (5s, Six Sigma, CI system, etc.)
•    Apply problem solving techniques (root cause analysis, 5whys, DOE’s, 8D’s, etc.) to resolve technical coating related issues.
•    Perform supplier Technical Assessments and implement supplier technical development plans.
•  Understanding of ISO 9001 or TS16949 standards and demonstrated experience in ensuring practical and consistent application of these standards to quality policies and procedures.

Other Requirements
At Harley-Davidson it is not just what degree you have or what you know, you must also exhibit a high level of professionalism by demonstrating 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 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: Yes 
Travel Required: 10 - 25% 
Visa Sponsorship: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship 
Relocation: This position is not eligible for relocation assistance 





Nearest Major Market: York PA
Nearest Secondary Market: Lancaster

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