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John Deere Production Supervisor in Horicon, United States

At John Deere, we run so life can leap forward. This powerful purpose is our promise to humankind that we will dream, design and deliver breakthrough products that sustain our world for generations to come. The world is counting on us to feed billions of people and build vital infrastructures in villages, towns, and megacities. We live up to the legacy our founder forged in a one-room blacksmith's shop nearly two centuries ago by creating a culture that brings out the best in all of us. A culture where great ideas thrive because every voice is heard.

Primary Location: United States (US) - Wisconsin - Horicon

Function: Operations

Title: Production Supervisor - 77413

Your Responsibilities

As a Production Supervisor for John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon, Wisconsin, you will be responsible for achieving departmental/area goals and objectives. Supervises production and warehouse employees in operations or processes requiring semi-skilled employees to ensure that the goals of the department and organization are achieved. The supervisor is the first-line liaison between the production employees and the management staff and thus also serves the function of representing the company's interests with the shop floor staff. In addition, you will:

  • Manage third shift weld and stamping operations required to improve and sustain the safety, quality, and productivity of our ongoing first shift operations.

  • Directs departmental continuous improvement plans and activities.

  • Monitors Control Plans, troubleshoots workmanship problems and generally supervises production activities to ensure that manufactured products meet or exceed all established quality requirements.

  • Implements and monitors safety programs and housekeeping.

  • Determines manufacturing priorities based on the production schedule and makes daily assignments including filling vacancies and assigning overtime in order to adhere to the customer delivery date.

  • Establishes employee environment regarding communications, feedback and overall guidance.

  • Ensures that assigned personnel have appropriate training, work instruction and tools to successfully do their job.

  • Responsible for on-boarding, training, development and direct supervision of full-time and seasonal employees

  • Administers employee policies, practices, procedures and work rules appropriate for the unit. Monitors individual and line performance and takes corrective action including discipline, as needed and responds to complaints to ensure the Company and employees adheres to policies, practices, procedures and work rules.

  • Monitors and makes corrections to stay within the department operating budget targets.

  • Work off-shift and weekend support occasionally based on business needs.

    Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position

What Skills You Need

  • Knowledge of manufacturing and/or distribution processes, quality, tooling, tool design, total preventative maintenance and facilities

  • Understanding of Production Systems, Lean Manufacturing, Just-in- Time, Kanban, Demand Flow Technology

  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Working knowledge of SAP

  • Knowledge of shop floor manufacturing and/or warehouse and distribution production pay systems

  • Cross functional work experience(s) in major areas such as accounting, manufacturing, engineering, operations, warehousing and/or distribution, production employee supervision, and supply management

  • This is an off-shift position and may require weekend support

What Makes You Stand Out

  • 2 or more years demonstrated team leadership and mentoring experience

  • 2 or more years of manufacturing experience in a factory environment

  • Understanding of employee policies, practices, procedures and work rules appropriate for the unit

  • Knowledge of CIPP

  • Project management experience including creating a plan, coordinating resources and delivering results

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic work environment


Ideally, you will have a degree or equivalent related work experience in the following:

  • Degree in Supply Management, Business, Manufacturing Technology or Engineering or 4 years of related experience

    What You'll Get

    At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go. Here, you'll enjoy the freedom to explore new projects, the support to think outside the box and the advanced tools and technology that foster innovation and achievement. We offer comprehensive relocation and reward packages to help you get started on your new career path. Click here ( to find out more about our Total Rewards Package.

    The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines.

    An Equal Opportunity Employer, John Deere requires a diversity of people, perspectives and ideas to address the complex challenges of its global business. John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.