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Structures Lab Lead Harley-Davidson Date: Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US Description: Auto req ID: 4669BR
Title: Structures Lab Lead
Job Function: Engineering
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.

Position

We are currently looking for a Structures Lab Lead, this position reports to the Test Labs Manager at the Product Development Center, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and is an integral part of the Product Development team at Harley-Davidson.

This Engineering leadership position will be held accountable for delivering the following:
- Managing operations of the Structures Laboratory in support of project teams, system groups and current product issues
- Setting the vision for the development tools and techniques of Structures Lab testing (i.e. tools, processes and equipment)
- Developing and enhancing the skill sets and competencies of people within the Structures Lab
- Managing workgroup budget and resources (i.e. capital, expense, manpower)

Key Deliverables
Leadership
- Leads the development of deep technical knowledge within the Structures Lab and related testing
- Provides leadership and insight into technical feasibility as well as into the design review process
- Continuous Improvement Mentor/Coach, helps drive Best Practice sharing
- Committed to gaining or improving the skills necessary to function and thrive in a team environment
- Supports engineering goals
- Delegates responsibilities and empower team members to make decisions, when appropriate
- Manages performance through the PEP process

Collaboration & Teamwork
- Willingly works with others up, down, and across the organization to get results
- Helps others understand the importance of their work in order to gain support and buy-in
- Coaches the engineering organization on technical issues such as technical feasibility or through the design review process
- Reaches out to all relevant stakeholders before making a decision

Communication
- Communicates openly
- Good internal consulting skills
- Actively listens and seeks others opinions
- Focuses on facts and process, not the person
- Shares information honestly and transparently

Deliverables
- Support for the delivery of the product Life Cycle Plan
- Structures Lab vision and strategy
- Development and implementation of standardized processes and tools within the labs:
o Benchmarking
o Best practice simulation/test methods, supporting Engineering Guidelines
o Knowledge management
- Collaboration with key cross-functional stakeholders (product planning, styling, project engineering, regulatory, materials, manufacturing and finance) to ensure aligned strategies and mutual support
- Engagement with motorcycle projects that ensures robust, world class designs
- Engagement with Current Product group in resolution of issues

Education Required:
This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or other related field. Masters degree is preferred (technical or MBA)

Experience Required:
Position requires a broad knowledge of concepts, methods and terminology as well as substantial hands on experience producing high value measurable results on complex projects within the following areas:
- Test instrumentation (i.e. strain gages, accelerometer, thermocouples and custom transducers)
- Test type evaluation (development, durability, certification)
- Analysis of test data to provide decision ready information
- Design solution testing recommendation

Additionally, knowledge of concepts, methods and terminology with moderate hands on experience is highly desired in the following areas:
- Advanced test method development (RTLC)
- Data acquisition systems and techniques
- Laboratory best practice knowledge (i.e. calibration, maintenance and documentation)
- Motorcycle chassis and powertrain systems knowledge
- FRACAS experience
- Familiarity with servohydraulic and electrodynamic test equipment

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 - Accept responsibility for one’s actions and deliver on commitments. Be consistent, dependable, and diligent in carrying out responsibilities to a successful conclusion.
- Model Integrity - Treat all people with sincerity and dignity. Be open and unbiased toward others, shows respect for differences, and acknowledges the contributions of others.
- Value Individuality and Diversity - Recognize and embrace the diverse nature of our markets, customers and employees to seize new opportunities and achieve high performance in our complex and evolving business environment.
- Inspire Teamwork - Enable others to work effectively toward a common goal. Understand how to meld together individual talents to create deliverables that are better than the efforts of any one
- Encourage Creativity - Challenge conventional thinking/assumptions to generate creative approaches to move the business forward. Create an atmosphere that values obtaining and applying new knowledge.

Direct Reports: Yes
Travel: Required 0-10%
Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee
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