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Vermeer Corporation Operations Development Program - June 2023 in Pella, Iowa

You’re not likely to find another company like Vermeer. Our people are from all walks of life in locations around the world, rolling up our sleeves and getting tough work done every day. Together. We’re a family-owned and operated company with an unmatched culture, one that is built on the belief that every Vermeer team member has real, personal impact – on our people, our customers and our world. Whoever you are and where you are in your career, Vermeer helps you be Equipped to Do More ® .

Job Summary

Work Shift

1 - First Shift

Participants in the Operations Development Program (ODP) will complete a two year training experience that accelerates development of early career talent and produces a pipeline of operational leaders ready to meet the challenges facing the operations team (inclusive of supply chain, manufacturing, quality, advanced manufacturing and continuous improvement functions). This experience provides hands-on, classroom and self-paced educational opportunities as an overview of manufacturing at Vermeer. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be assigned to a role based on business need and participant’s strengths.

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

  1. Exhibit the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused and stewardship while modeling the associated behaviors.

  2. Rotate through 3 eight month assignments to build leadership and functional skills through challenging tasks and world-class training.

    Typical rotations include one or more of the following:

    · Buyer

    · Continuous Improvement Manager

    · Operations Team Leader

    · Supplier Quality Analyst


    · Manufacturing roles

    · Supply Chain (sourcing, materials management)

    · Technical (continuous improvement, quality)

  3. Develop a broad operational knowledge base and skillset by working in a variety of areas related to manufacturing to deliver business critical results.

    Education and/or Experience

  4. 4-year college degree in Supply Chain, Business Management, or Industrial Engineering.

  5. Demonstrated experience in a manufacturing environment (internship or previous work experience).

    *Note that upon acceptance, team members will be committing to 2 year participation in this position and program.

    Other Skills and Abilities

  6. Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public/customers and coworkers and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness with customers and peers.

  7. Demonstration of good oral and written communication skills.

  8. Ability to effectively manage time and resources to meet the needs and schedules of internal customers and respond immediately to production questions and crisis with solutions.

  9. Ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail.

  10. Passion for improving efficiencies, eliminating waste, working in teams.

  11. Ability to manage through challenging and difficult situations.

  12. Ability to solve problems.

  13. A strong commitment to a career in operations.


  14. Up to 5% 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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions in human resources at (641) 621-8767 or at

Vermeer equips customers doing important work around the world. We are global, driven by innovation. 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.