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Director of Innovation

Company: Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Location: Milwaukee
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Auto req ID: 10106

Title: Director of Innovation

Job Function: Product Management

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 Corporate Headquarters in Milwaukee, WI is the site where the first H-D factory - a wooden shed - was built in 1903 in the backyard of the William C. Davidson family home. Join our team as a Director of Innovation.

Job Summary

The Director of Innovation works internally with dealers, consumers, engineers, designers and marketers to stimulate, harvest, assess and progress product and feature ideas. Externally they scan a broad landscape of potential partner or donor companies to fast track exciting new features or products.

The Innovation Director assesses the competitive landscape to ensure launches by year and geography remain competitive providing requirements through portfolio leaders to Engineering and Styling & Design to achieve an optimal outcome. The Innovation function also works with markets to estimate early stage sales targets, pricing & opportunity sizing for new opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

  • The Innovation leader will create a process for stimulating, harvesting, assessing and sharing ideas from all key stakeholder groups.
  • Working with the analytics team the Innovation Leader will create Innovation briefs for the organization to respond to.
  • Proactively looks outside of the walls of Harley for new ideas
  • Aggressive market focus integrating qualitative and quantitative feedback and analytics interpreting features and ideas from dealers and market leaders
  • Competitive and Harley-Davidson data on consumer excitement/issues around existing product
  • Cataloguing and managing the portfolio of concepts and ideas with detailed feedback on why we would/would not proceed
  • Enhancing our utilization of advanced analytics to build a framework for the consideration of new concepts and the creation of a fully loaded business case

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree Required

Education Specifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in related field, Master degree preferred

Experience Requirements

  • Typically requires a minimum of 12 years related experience with a minimum of 5 years of management experience.
  • Demonstrated consumer and stakeholder focus. Able to integrate ideas from multiple stakeholders (Consumers, Dealers, Engineering, Marketing)
  • Ability to network beyond the company with a broad range of companies
  • Early focus on concepts to compete vs. used motorcycles and competitive offerings
  • Excellent communicator, able to effectively represent the genesis and value of ideas across the organization
  • Data aware - objective in the assessment of new product and feature ideas for the benefit of the customer and the dealer
  • 'Honest broker' able to be impartial on concept regardless of their origin and assess dispassionately on behalf of our customers and dealers

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: Milwaukee

Job Segment: Manager, Engineer, Developer, Outside Sales, Web Design, Management, Engineering, Technology, Sales, Creative

Keywords: Harley-Davidson, Inc., Milwaukee , Director of Innovation, Other , Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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