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John Deere Operations Project Manager in Waterloo, Iowa

There are over 7 billion people on this planet. And by 2050, there will be 2 billion more... many moving into urban centers at an unprecedented rate. Making sure there is enough food, fiber and infrastructure for our rapidly growing world is what we're all about at John Deere. And it's why we're investing in our people and our technology like never before! Here the world's brightest minds are tackling the world's biggest challenges. If you believe one person can make the world a better place, we'll put you to work. RIGHT NOW.

John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa - Waterloo

Function: Operations

Title: Operations Project Manager - 96752

Onsite/Remote: Onsite Position

Your Responsibilities

As an Operations Project Manager for John Deere Waterloo Works located in Waterloo, Iowa, you will manage and coordinate the successful delivery of strategic Operations projects with low complexity and/or tactical Operations projects with high complexity. In addition, you will:

  • Support the successful execution of projects in Cast Iron and Drivetrain West Machining located at Drivetrain Components.

  • Lead development and execution of plans to deliver machining capability driven by New Product Programs, capacity requirements and other business improvements.

  • Lead project team to deliver multiple concurrent machining projects through concept, scope, RFQ, acquisition and successful implementation.

  • Work cross functionally and provide guidance to Manufacturing Engineering, Quality Engineering, Material Flow and Operations to successfully meet project timelines and objectives.

  • Develop and manage relevant AFE and project budgets.

  • Collaborate with DTC leadership team to develop and implement future part family and departmental business models supporting OROA, OROS and other key metrics.

VISA Sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • Knowledge of manufacturing and/or machining processes, Enterprise Product Delivery process (EPDP), Order Fulfillment process and the Deere Production System

  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, Just-in-Time, Kanban and Demand Flow Technology

  • Project management experience demonstrating effective communication, teamwork skills, problem solving and multiple concurrent project workload management

  • Knowledge of capital budgeting and capital equipment justification process

  • Demonstrated communication skills adapting messages to variety of audiences to align objectives

What Makes You Stand Out

  • 3 or more years of drivetrain machining experience in a core functional area

  • 3 or more years of experience in project management – small to moderate scale projects

  • 3 or more years of manufacturing and/or operations experience

  • Cross functional work experience in multiple areas, i.e. quality, manufacturing engineering, operations, material flow

  • Experience with machine cell rebalancing and machine relocations

  • Demonstrated ability to influence and lead without authority across functional areas

  • Experience in business plan development at a department level

  • Knowledge of DTC capacity evaluation and capacity planning process


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

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering

What You'll Get

At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go while working in an inclusive team environment. 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.

Additionally, we offer a comprehensive reward package to help you get started on your new career path, including:

  • Flexible work arrangements

  • Highly competitive base pay and performance bonuses

  • Savings & Retirement benefits (401K and Defined Benefit Pension)

  • Healthcare benefits with a generous company contribution in the Health Savings Account

  • Adoption assistance

  • Employee Assistance Programs

  • Tuition assistance

  • Fitness subsidies and on-site gyms at specific Deere locations

  • Charitable contribution match

  • Employee Purchase Plan & numerous discount programs for personal use

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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.

The terms of the applicable benefit plans, and all company actions administering or interpreting these plans, continue to control. Deere & Company reserves the right to suspend, amend, modify, or terminate the Plan(s) in any manner at any time, including the right to modify or eliminate any cost-sharing between the company and participants. Changes, which can be made at any time, are made by action of the company's board of directors, or to the extent authorized by resolution of its board of directors, or by the Deere & Company Compensation Committee. In the event of a conflict between the language of the official Plan Documents and this document, the language of the official Plan Documents will control.

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