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John Deere Supervisor-Gear Manufacturing in Waterloo, Iowa

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Primary Location: Vereinigte Staaten (US) - Iowa - Waterloo

Function: Operations

Title: Supervisor-Gear Manufacturing - 72951

Your Responsibilities

As a Supervisor–Gear Manufacturing for Waterloo Works in Waterloo, Iowa, you will be responsible for leading a wage workforce to meet the manufacturing priorities based on the production schedule for Drivetrain Components. In addition you will:

  • Be responsible for leading a wage workforce to accomplish the safety, quality, delivery and efficiency goals through Continuous Improvement (CI) plans and activities.

  • Ensure that assigned personnel have appropriate training, work instruction and tools to successfully do their job.

  • Lead safety through regular safety communications, driving engagement in the CI Safety and Ergonomic Risk Assessment process, prompt near miss reporting with a focus on quick, thorough safety corrective actions.

  • Monitor Control Plans, troubleshoot workmanship problems, and generally supervise production activities to ensure that manufactured products meet or exceed all established quality requirements.

  • Lead employee engagement activities, while establishing a positive employee environment through communications, feedback and overall guidance.

  • Monitor individual/group performance and take corrective action including discipline, as needed and respond to complaints to ensure the Company and employees adhere to policies, practices, procedures and work

    Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

    What Skills You Need

  • Experience in roles that required effective communication skills to interact with both wage/production and salaried employees

  • Experience in roles that required demonstration of strong problem-solving abilities and excellent teamwork skills

  • Experience with, or supporting, shop floor manufacturing and/or warehouse operation

  • Demonstrated team leadership skills

  • Experience communicating across functions (such as: supply management, engineering, operations and human resources)

  • Ability and flexibility to work across shifts based on production needs

  • Experience in roles that required a working knowledge of Quality and Production Systems, Lean Manufacturing and Demand Flow Manufacturing

  • Experience working with small project management teams that required demonstration of effective planning and organizational skills

  • Proficiency with standard computer applications (including Microsoft Office or equivalent)

    What Makes You Stand Out

  • Experience with continuous improvement pay plans (CIPP) or similar incentive plans

  • Experience with wage/union employee policies, practices, procedures and work rules

  • Working knowledge of the CI continual improvement process and 5S methodology

  • Two or more years of manufacturing (Quality Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Flow/Production Control) / supervisory experience

  • Working knowledge of component gear and shaft manufacturing and its process flow

  • Experience with gear and shaft measurement and inspection methods and equipment and identification and resolution of gear and shaft manufacturing problems

  • Experience working with manufacturing and IT system tools to execute day to day production.

  • SAP

  • NDS – Natural Documentation System

  • OMS – Operator Method Sheet


  • Safety tools – SDS (Safety Data Sheet), Near Miss reporting, MEDGATE

  • Experience in roles that required a basic understanding of accounting principles in order to manage departmental budgets


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

  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in an Engineering/Technology, Business Management or Manufacturing related discipline or equivalent 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. 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.