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Vermeer Corporation Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Lead in Pella, Iowa

Who We Are

Vermeer equips customers doing important work around the world. We are global, driven by innovation and growing. The equipment we make manages natural resources, connects people and feeds and fuels communities. We live out a caring culture, we demonstrate agility, we keep a focus on customers and are stewards of our resources. These beliefs drive our culture, determine how we treat others and steer our business.

Job Summary

Work Shift

1 - First Shift

The Project Engineer - Manufacturing leads and directs a team of manufacturing engineers that are responsible for putting processes in place that support producing high quality Vermeer products. This role collaborates with teams such as: Product Engineering, Sales, Service, Procurement, Human Resources, and Finance. The position has direct responsibility for executing manufacturing engineering projects in areas that will include but are not limited to: safety, capital, capacity, productivity, and quality.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Lead by exhibiting the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused and stewardship while modeling the associated behaviors. Supervise, organize, mentor and coach assigned team members in performance of their duties while influencing others to carry the Vermeer culture forward. Establish and monitor individual and team goals which are aligned with the organization’s strategies and objectives to drive key business results. Use expertise to ensure department is serving its internal and external customers and meeting defined expectations.

  2. Lead and develop a team of plant engineers to support the successful execution and implementation of JIT, new product releases and enhancements, capital improvements, and timely project completion.

  3. Ensure all project needs are being met to achieve goals in the original set time frame. This includes, but is not limited to, securing additional resources, setting daily or weekly priorities for project team members and working with the more challenging situations or people.

  4. Ensure that project goals, such as test plans, production preparation plans, and product performance plans, financial plans, and capital plans are met. If goals are not met, make appropriate adjustments to go into implementation.

  5. Ability to create financial business cases for making investment related manufacturing decisions. Ability to understand Vermeer’s financial goals and deliver results that support those goals.

    Education and/or Experience

  • 4-year college engineering degree with 5 years' experience in a manufacturing or equivalent business leadership role.

    Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to understand capacity and capital acquisition.

  • Knowledge of financial statements, budgeting, and the strategic planning processes; ability to operate within targeted budget.

  • Ability to develop reliable, high performing manufacturing processes that provide competitive solutions and are financially successful for the Company.

  • Ability to understand and operate normal mechanics tools, such as lathes, drills and torches.

  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public/customers and co-workers and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness.

  • Ability to develop talent and supervise staff in the performance of duties such that performance meets or exceeds expectations.

  • Demonstration of good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to maintain plant efficiency during the building process.

  • Ability to coordinate with product development team activities to release successful products to the manufacturing environment.

  • Ability to contribute ideas for machine improvements.

  • Deep understanding of Just In Time (JIT) principles.


Up to 10% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane may be required.


Work Location

ONSITE: A team member’s day-to-day work is best done on a Vermeer campus. If work content can be occasionally completed at an offsite location, discuss potential arrangements with your manager.

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Vermeer Corporation, we believe in the value of your unique identity, background, and experiences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions at (641) 621-8767 or at .

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