Motorcycle Styling Manager

Milwaukee, WI posted on May 21

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Motorcycle Styling Manager Harley-Davidson Date: Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US Description: Auto req ID: 4437BR
Title: Motorcycle Styling Manager
Job Function: Product Development
State and City: Wisconsin, Wauwatosa
Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Full or Part-Time: Full-Time
Shift: Shift 1

Job Summary:
At Harley-Davidson Motor Company we do much more than just build motorcycles; we fulfill dreams of personal freedom. We are customer led in all we do, and we believe and invest in our people and our communities. Harley-Davidson believes that its people are the only real long-term competitive advantage and their energy and commitment is what has made us successful since 1903.

Job Summary:

This role leads and manages a team of Industrial Designers to deliver legendary designs that connect emotionally with our customers, integrating with other Product Development functions throughout the process. They preserve and perpetuate the integrity of the brand and what makes it distinctive, fostering & inspiring creative solutions. In addition, this individual is responsible for the performance management and development of their respective team.

Key Deliverables
- Reports to Director of Styling; represents the Studio in process partner meetings that involve creative content as contracted with the Director
- Creative lead for a styling team whose work supports delivery of the Life Cycle Plan
- Represents the Studio and its point-of-view in all project leadership team meetings
- Leads the decision making process for their projects by identifying critical decisions points; makes recommendations for design decisions to the Director of Styling
- Coordinates with operations side of the organization to ensure project team has required resources, establish project plans, setup design critiques, etc.
- Supports long-term planning activities in support of Life-Cycle Plans
- Responsible for performance management and personal development of industrial designers on their team

Education Required:
This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design or related degree. Transportation or power sports design experience is beneficial but not required.

Experience Required:
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of experience in a product design field, with an emphasis on transportation or power sports related industries. In addition, they will have demonstrated the following:

Delivery of Branded Design
- Creates original and inspirational ideas that are true to the brand and its rich history, meaningful to the customer, and differentiated from the competition
- Creates ideas that are regionally/globally relevant (depending on the program)
- Creates designs that deliver the business and VOC targets in a fresh & innovative way, moving the brand forward

- Ability to effectively communicate ideas and design direction with cross-functional teams, adapting communication to the audience
- Listens and hears the ideas of others yet has the ability to persuade others when necessary
- Provide design feedback in a constructive manner to further the design and the design acumen of the broader organization

Planning, Prioritizing, & Goal Setting
- Ability to manage multiple projects across different teams while providing guidance around priorities
- Uses goals to drive the work, establishing clear paths to success with detailed action planning

Relationship Management
- Builds and maintains long-term associations with members throughout the organization
- Develops rapport with others, respecting individuality and diversity of views, and establishing a foundation of trust
- Ability to leverage relationships in a positive and constructive way

Decision Making & Problem Solving
- Seeks to understand initially, listening to other points-of-view, reviewing facts, and evaluating options
- Understands decision types and is comfortable and confident in taking action when needed
- When problem-solving, is able to take on emotional topics with sound judgment and reason

Commercial Feasibility Knowledge
- Leverages market knowledge and consumer insights to deliver trend-setting products that exceed the needs of the target customer
- Demonstrates a working knowledge and application of engineering, manufacturing, and service feasibility criteria relative to the design of motorcycles and related products
- Ability to conceptualize and communicate design options that acknowledge stakeholder constraints and targets, yet can effectively challenge assumptions when appropriate

Policies, Process, & Procedures
- Experience with a product development methodology and how it guides their work
- Able to act in accordance with established guidelines & policies
- Can effectively communicate and enforce organizational policies and procedures

Supplemental Information:
At Harley-Davidson it is not just what degree you have or what you know you must also exhibit and demonstrate our valued behaviors in everything that you do:
- Be accountable
- Model Integrity
- Value Individuality and Diversity
- Inspire Teamwork
- Encourage Creativity
- Communicate Effectively
- Collaborative Mindset

Direct Reports: Yes
Travel: Required 10-25%
Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee
Nearest Secondary Market:
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