As Chief Engineer of System Groups, Vance Strader is a member of Harley-Davidson’s OE Engineering Leadership Team. He leads the System Groups organization that encompasses Core, Powertrain, Chassis and Electrical Engineering– focused on developing world class technical competence, providing expert support to product development projects across Harley-Davidson Motor Company, and performing advanced technology development to enable industry-leading,customer-valued execution.
Vance has been with Harley-Davidson since 1997, starting at Buell as the Lead Project Engineer directing the design, development and launch of the XB platform. He then transitioned to the role of Manager, Strategic Planning with responsibility for the H-D sales and marketing organizations. In 2005, he was promoted to Director of Special Projects, responsible for developing strategies and implementing new business initiatives with special emphasis on product development. He then moved through various leadership positions including Sportster ® Platform Director, Sr. Manager of Value Engineering and then Chief Engineer of Advanced Motorcycles where he led the team developing multiple all-new motorcycle prototypes and business plans.