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John Deere Staff Software Developer in Urbandale, 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.

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

Function: Information Technology

Title: Staff Software Developer - 72796

Your Responsibilities

As a Staff Software Developer, for the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG - Urbandale), you will join a team of passionate developers and testers to design, develop, test, and integrate applications of high complexity and scale. We operate in a collaborative, open environment focused on using XP development techniques to autonomously deliver solutions quickly and effectively. In addition, you will:

  • Work across teams to create coding standards, workflow, or tool standards.

  • Collaborate & provide technical guidance and coaching to other teams required to generate working software.

  • Be considered an expert on the team on tools, technology & widely used design patterns.

  • Interface regularly with our customers to ensure you are producing technical solutions that meet their needs.

  • Lead a culture of software crafting best practices across teams, including Test Driven Development, Test Automation, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Deployment.

  • Lead our overall product development strategy and roadmap.

    Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

What Skills You Need

At this level, you should be the absolute best at what you do - the person everyone turns to for answers. You make the people around you better by clear technical expertise combined with an ability to effectively communicate that expertise. Here's what that looks like:

  • 10 or more years of experience in designing and developing complex Java applications

  • Experience in any functional programming languages (Ex: Scala, Haskell etc.)

  • 5 or more years of experience in building low-latency & high volume, distributed, scalable and reliable data pipelines

  • 3 or more years of experience in providing technical leadership to mid-size teams

  • 3 or more years of experience developing and deploying applications using Cloud Technologies (AWS/GCP/Azure)

  • 2 or more years of experience in contributing architecture and design of new and current systems

  • Extensive experience working with a team on XP practices like pair/mob programming, Test Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior Driven Development (BDD)

  • Extensive experience with Continuous Integration (CI), and Continuous Deployment (CD)

  • Experience training and mentoring other developers in growing their skills

  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, comprehension, and presentation)

What Makes You Stand Out

Beyond just being generally awesome, other areas of experience or interest that will help us place you on the right team are listed below. In our experience, being a great developer isn't really tied to your current technology stack, so don't fret if these don't line up with your exact skillset.

  • AWS Certification or 3 years of equivalent AWS experience

  • Experience designing scalable data pipelines and low latency APIs

  • Understanding of Agriculture Domain or experience in Precision Ag technologies

  • 2 or more years of experience in Scala


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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science

    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.

    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 or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.