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Development Programs

Full-time opportunities are available across the U.S., including functional-development programs.

Development Programs

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Ag & Turf Engineering

The Engineering Development Program has been designed to focus on providing a wide breadth of development through a progression of rotations that expose participating engineers to foundational engineering knowledge and a broad-based understanding of in the areas of Manufacturing, Product and Quality Engineering. EDP Participants will receive mentoring from Deere’s leaders and world class engineers while preparing you for the needs of today and the vision of our future.

Length of Program: 2 years
Number of Rotations: 3-4 depending on engineering function
Rotational Areas: Order Fulfillment Process; New Product: Design, Manufacturing, Quality; Current product: Design Manufacturing, Quality; Product Verification & Validation; Weld; Machining, etc.
Possible Geographic Locations of Rotations: Moline, IL; Des Moines, IA; Ottumwa, IA; Waterloo, IA; Dubuque, IA; Horicon, WI; Augusta, GA; Thibodaux, LA; Cary, NC; Fuquay-Varina, NC; Valley City, ND
Minimum Required Cumulative GPA: 2.8
Common Full-Time Positions when completed with program: Variety of engineering positions available upon completion of program in the following engineering functions -- Manufacturing, Product, Quality and Electrical

Testimonials
"I can whole heartedly say that John Deere truly cares about your overall happiness both in and out of work. At work managers see your potential and push you to achieve those heights and go beyond what you thought you could do. John Deere is unique by encouraging you to have conversations with higher level managers. That openness to conversations makes work very exuberating and refreshing. Outside of work, the company strives to make sure your personal needs are taken care of. Whether it is your satisfaction of living conditions/area or discounts for gyms to hit a fitness goal, John Deere cares passed the work environment.  John Deere treats you not as just another employee with a paycheck, but a valued individual with a plethora of talent to unlock." – Alston, Engineering Development Program

Construction & Forestry Engineering

The Construction and Forestry (C&F) Division EDP program offers a fast paced rotational series through our Product Engineering area.  Upon completion of each rotation, you will be able to understand the processes, network with the people and contribute to the advancement of our projects!  The program is flexible with engineers, who may have had some previous engineering experiences through internships, in graduating early once they find their 'dream' job.

Length of Program: 1 year
Number of Rotations: Three 4-month rotations
Rotational Areas: New product design, current product design, analysis and product testing within C&F Product Engineering
Geographic Location of Rotations: Dubuque, IA
Minimum Required Cumulative GPA: 2.8 desired (3.0 or higher preferred)
Common Full-Time Positions when completed with program: Product design, analysis or test in Product Engineering

John Deere Power Systems Engineering

The JDPS Engineering Development Program gives recent engineering graduates three work experiences over a two year period. The eight-month rotations include possible assignments in engine design, engine development, engine manufacturing, quality engineering, advanced research and development, or product support—all possible in Waterloo, Iowa because many of the engine business functional disciplines are headquartered at the Engine Works manufacturing and Product Engineering facilities. Employees are based in Waterloo with opportunities to interact in teams with employees at our other John Deere engine facilities in Saran, France; Torreon, Mexico; Pune, India; and Rosario, Argentina.

Length of Program: 2 years
Number of Rotations: Three 8-month rotations
Rotational Areas: Engineering (Includes Product Design & Development, Testing, Manufacturing, Supplier Quality, Product Support)
Geographic Location of Rotations: Waterloo, IA
Minimum Required Cumulative GPA: 2.8
Common Full-Time Positions when completed with program: All functional areas within JDPS -- Product Design, Development, Testing, Product Verification & Validation, Manufacturing, Analysis, Supplier Quantity, Product Support

Testimonials
"Most people smile when I tell them that I'm an engineer at John Deere. The company is renowned for its high quality standards and dedication to its employees and customers. Every time I wear my Deere shirt in public I'm greeted by strangers who have a story to share about an old, but trusty green tractor or lawn mower.

The main reason I enjoy working at Deere is due to their commitment to growing their employees both personally and professionally. I'm immersed with opportunities to better myself through work with professional development organizations such as Toastmasters and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. As I progress through my career I know I can count on Deere to provide me with opportunities to lead challenging and impactful projects while maintaining a healthy work-life balance." - Ramon, Engineering Development Program Power Systems

Information Technology

The Information Technology Early Development Program (IT EDP) is a three year rotational program in which new or recent graduates are recruited to become successful IT professionals at John Deere. As an employee in our IT Early Development Program, you are given an opportunity to develop an understanding of John Deere's products and IT services through two 18 month rotations. Rotations are driven by business needs and may be completed in the following areas: Application Development, Business Analysis, Data Analysis, Infrastructure, Mainframe, Project Management, Quality Assurance, Software Development, SAP and Security. The program also provides participants with the opportunity to establish a network of resources to support personal and professional development early in their career.

Length of Program: 3 years
Number of Rotations: Two 18-month rotations
Rotational Areas: Application Development, Data, IT Business Analysis, Infrastructure, Quality Assurance, Security
Possible Geographic Locations of Rotations: Any U.S. John Deere location is possible (rotation locations are based on business needs)
Minimum Required Cumulative GPA: 2.8
Common Full-Time Positions when completed with program: IT Data Analyst, Developer, IT Business Analyst, Infrastructure Analyst, Quality Assurance Analyst, Security Analyst

Human Resources

The Human Resources Development Program (HRDP) is a two year rotational program in which new or recent college graduates are recruited to become successful HR professionals at John Deere. As an employee in our HR Development Program, you are given an opportunity to build a solid foundation of HR knowledge and processes through a series of meaningful rotations.  The program also provides participants with the opportunity to establish a network of resources to support personal and professional development early in their career.

Length of Program: 2 years
Number of Rotations: Four total with three 4-month rotations during the first year and one 12-month rotation during the second year.
Rotational Areas: HR Shared Services, Global Job Evaluation Staffing & Recruiting, HR Operations
Possible Geographic Locations of Rotations: Moline, IL during the first 12 months; any U.S. John Deere location is possible for the second 12-month rotation (rotation locations are based on business needs)
Minimum Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Common Full-Time Positions when completed with program: HR Generalist or Specialist

Testimonials
"The Human Resources Development Program has allowed me to continue to develop and enhance my skills in human resources .It has given the advantage of enhancing my ability to understand that human resources helps guide people to make informed decisions about their careers and the steps needed to make advancements in their chosen field. The program has allowed me to understand the implications of how human resources play an integral role in the future of a business. Lastly, I've been able to build a career network within John Deere to make me a more productive and competent Human Resources employee." – JaNaye, Human Resource Development Program

Supply Management

Supply Management professionals at John Deere have a variety of career opportunities including: operational support (order fulfillment process), cost management, logistics, strategic sourcing, supplier development, product delivery process and new product development. Assignments like these will let you demonstrate your capabilities while contributing directly to the company's strategies and initiatives. In each assignment, you will work to meet specific objectives, demonstrate your knowledge and skills, and maintain a training regimen that develops the competencies you will need for world-class supply management.

Length of Program: 3 years
Number of Rotations: Two 18-month rotations
Rotational Areas: Supply Management Specialist, Order Fulfillment Process Buyer, Product Development Process Buyer, Servce Parts Buyer, Indirect Materials & Sourcing Buyer, Material Coordinator, Cost Management Specialist, Logistics Analyst
Possible Geographic Locations of Rotations: At any of our locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Wisconsin, or North Dakota
Minimum Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Common Full-Time Positions when completed with program: Supply Management Specialist, Order Fulfillment Process Buyer, Product Development Process Buyer, Logistics Analyst, Cost Management Specialist

Testimonials
"John Deere's ability to emanate the highest ethical behavior where the rubber meets the road is one of the primary sources of pride that I hold as an employee. John Deere has a clear sense of purpose that honestly does go deeper than simply the bottom line. The company has not only given me the ability to create a solid career path, but has also provided avenues to give back. My efforts today go beyond the company and also impact the community in which I work." – Todd, Supply Management Development Program

Ag & Turf Marketing

The Marketing Representative Development Program prepares candidates for significant roles in John Deere's Equipment divisions through varied work experiences. This includes exposure to marketing, the product lines, competition, and many other aspects of John Deere marketing.  Additional training includes traveling with field managers or experiences with factory marketing. 

Length of Program: 15 months
Number of Rotations: Three total with two 6-month rotations and one 3-month Regional Training experience
Rotational Areas: Training, Tactical Marketing, Platform Product Support, Customer Support, Product Line Marketing, Dealer Development
Possible Geographic Locations of Rotations: At any of our locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, or Wisconsin
Minimum Required Cumulative GPA: 2.8 
Common Full-Time Positions when completed with program: Product Support Specialist, Sales Promotion Coordinator, Instructor, Training Development Specialist, Marketing Representative, Customer Support Representative, Diagnostic Author

Testimonials
"I have enjoyed the exposure that the Marketing Representative program provides. I have had the opportunity to travel and learn about a variety of different products, learn from my peers, network with executives, and learn about the many different areas of marketing within John Deere. With so many different areas of marketing, there are a lot of opportunities for movement and ability to see and experience different parts of the company. Even though I am done with college, I am continually learning something new every day!" – Kate, Marketing Rep

Construction & Forestry Marketing

The program provides an excellent introduction to the Construction & Forestry Division. Program participants build a strong network, take advantage of numerous learning opportunities and contribute to multiple functional areas.

Length of Program: 12-15 months
Number of Rotations: Three 4-month rotations
Rotational Areas: Marketing/Marketing Services, Sales/Channel, Product Experience (Dealer Technical Assistance Center, Training Center or Similar)
Possible Geographic Locations of Rotations: Moline, IL or Daveport, IA
Minimum Required Cumulative GPA: 2.8
Common Full-Time Positions when completed with program: Sales/Marketing: Assistant Territory Manager, Rental Coordinator, Training Instructor, Project Manager. CPS/Technical: Factory Technical Support Specialist, Dealer Technical Assistance Center Specialist, Project Manager/Service Information, Training Instructor

Accounting & Finance

John Deere's Finance Development Program (FDP) is designed to continue to attract individuals with the finest business talent and develop them into valued partners within the John Deere enterprise. This program is designed to benefit employees and John Deere through building  Accounting/Finance skills early that are essential to support future business growth and needs, developing a broad understanding of the Accounting/Finance function within Deere, beginning to building a network of peers early in their careers, and help employees better determine their long-term career preferences and planning career moves.

Length of Program: 3-4 years
Number of Rotations: Three 12/18-month rotations
Rotational Areas: Manufacturing, Marketing, Corporate Accounting, John Deere Financial, Treasury, Supply Management, IT, Parts
Possible Geographic Locations of Rotations: Moline, IL; Olathe, KS; Des Moines, IA; Horicon, WI; Waterloo, IA; Coffeyville, KS; Fargo, ND; Augusta, GA
Minimum Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Common Full-Time Positions when completed with program: Accountant, Financial Analyst, Unit Financial Counselor, Lead Auditor, General Ledger Shared Services Supervisor