Vermeer Corporation Training Manager - Technical Skills 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 MoreTM.

Job Summary

The Training Manager – Technical Skills plans, directs, and coordinates the training and development activities for team members in technical and skilled trade roles. This position develops and maintains a comprehensive training strategy that supports the overall organizational strategy.

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

  1. Lead through the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused, and stewardship and model the associated behaviors. Manage assigned team members in performance of their duties. Establish and monitor individual and team goals which are aligned with the organization’s business strategies and objectives and ensure department is properly serving its internal and external customers and meeting defined expectations.

  2. Conduct in-depth training needs analysis for the technical and skilled trade roles, including but not limited to manufacturing, engineering and continuous improvement.

  3. Partner with center of excellence leaders to develop and maintain a comprehensive training strategy for technical and skilled trade roles, to support current business requirements and long-term goals. Ensure alignment with short- and long-term company initiatives.

  4. Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of existing technical and skilled trade training by utilizing assessment and evaluation tools linked to adult learning models.

  5. Design, develop, implement and evaluate new technical and skilled trade training, using knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as instructor led training, blended learning, demonstrations, on-the-job training, meetings, conferences and workshops.

  6. Facilitate classroom learning for technical and skilled trade training utilizing best practices in adult learning techniques.

  7. Drive communication to appropriately respond to new initiatives, changes in processes and other significant topics as it pertains to training.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or a related area or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Minimum seven years working in a related technical field.

  • Experience with needs analysis and strategic thinking.

  • Experience with adult learning, including instructional design and facilitation preferred.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to build relationships and work with colleagues and business leaders.

  • Proven critical thinking and problem-solving skills to understand the implications of new information for both current and future decision-making.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to communicate well with individuals at all levels of the organization.

    -Strong technical aptitude, including knowledge of production, values streams, engineering and other technical areas.

  • Knowledge of adult learning principles, facilitation techniques, training industry trends, needs assessments, organizational policies, and lean principles.

  • Ability to effectively manage projects, resources and time to meet deadlines and customer expectations.

  • Ability to listen and convey information effectively by giving full attention to others, taking time to understand the points being made, and asking questions as appropriate.

  • Ability to develop creative, alternative solutions in a fast-paced environment.

  • Excellent facilitation skills in both small and large group settings.


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


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.

Why Vermeer?

Our reach is global, our impact is personal. By joining Vermeer, you won’t just be making the right step for your career. You’ll be making a real, personal impact on our people, our customers and our world.

Impact Our People: You’ll find teams of hardworking people who take pride in their work, pride in each other and pride in the principles that guide them. Our team members are diverse, talented and driven to continuously learn, improve and innovate, both for our company and for their careers.

Impact Our Customers: Whether our customers are operating small stump cutters in their backyard or giant surface mining equipment in Australia, they make progress happen. Our team members are constantly turning up new possibilities and collaboratively innovating to keep our customers and the people they serve on the leading-edge of progress around the world.

Impact Our World: At Vermeer, we believe in giving back and helping people and communities. We’ve held that belief from our founding in 1948. Our reach extends from offering impressive benefits that help our team members and their families live well, to supporting our local communities through volunteer and community investment programs. Our impact is also experienced by the way our customers use Vermeer products to make a difference. Vermeer equipment is used all around the world to keep people connected to life necessities, such as water and electricity, harvest the feed that nourishes a vibrant food supply and effectively manage precious natural resources that improve our quality of life.