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John Deere Quality Engineer 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 identify or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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

Function: Quality Engineering

Title: Quality Engineer

Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position

Your Responsibilities

As a Quality Engineerfor John Deere Tractor Cab Assembly Operations in Waterloo, Iowa, you will support the factory manufacturing operations to improve business performance. In addition, you will

  • Lead tactical Order Fulfillment Process responsibilities for the business

  • Develop, innovate, and/or improve Quality tools that support the business

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams and lead inter-factory liaison quality execution

  • Mentor and develop Quality team members

  • Investigate product and process defects for root cause and corrective action recommendation

  • Support Development and Execution of Order Fulfillment Process Quality Initiatives

  • Reinforce published policies and procedures

  • Support quality planning activities

  • Support introduction of new products and current product change control

  • Collect, analyze, and execute assembly control plans and data streams

  • Support external regulatory audit (ISO)

    Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • Demonstrated Project Management skills

  • Ability to lead and facilitate large meetings

  • Effective communication and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment

  • Experience in the use of and applying quality tools such as FMEA (Failure Modes Effect Analysis), SPC (Statistical Process Control), and Root Cause Analysis

  • Experience implementing change in a production environment through negotiation and conflict resolution

  • Experience in the use of manufacturing information systems (SAP, MPPlanner, Creo, JDAAT, JD Tester/RTT/EDAT)

  • Experience with formal NCCA (Non-Conformance Corrective Action) processes

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Experience with Data Analytics tools (PowerBI, Tableau, SQL, etc.)

  • Experience implementing change in a production environment through negotiation and conflict resolution

  • Controlled manufacturing experience in manufacturing engineering, supply management, quality engineering, or operations

  • Experience in working with inter-factory teams

  • Experience using advanced quality tools aligned with ASQs Book of Knowledge

  • ASQ or Six Sigma Training or certifications

  • Extensive systems and product knowledge of large ag. Equipment and weld fabrication

  • Experience with Ag equipment applications


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

  • Bachelor's Degree in an Engineering/Technology or equivalent related work 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 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 extend 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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    The John Deere Health Benefit Plans for Salaried and Wage Employees comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.