My employment at John Deere, engineering and business education with the work experience, has provided me with a broad background valuable to many industries that manufacture engineered products. I was recently working at John Deere in Ankeny through Volt Temporary Services working on special assignments such as moving the production of a large chassis 9970 cotton picker from our current factory in Ankeny to a John Deere owned China facility. This provided me with additional skills coordinating the international sales of our domestic supply base parts, and moving product from a current supplier to a new facility in Jiamusi China.
I spent the majority of my career in product design and recognized the value of expanding my background with a Business Management degree acquired at Drake University in the late 1990’s. This has given me a good sense of balance between business goals and design objectives.
Strategic Buyer skills in supplier evaluations, sourcing, negotiations, and selection of suppliers who make highly engineered commodities, such as hydraulics and drive-train assemblies.
Troubleshooting skills for complex hydraulic and drive-train systems.
Many classes related to Supply Management, including Win-Win Negotiations, Project Management, Plastic Processes, and Contract Negotiation.
Daily use of Microsoft Office tools, such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and frequent use of virtual meeting tools for use with co-workers, and suppliers.
Business and technical skills related to industry and manufacturing processes.
Technical expertise designing many commodity types (hydraulics, drive-train, structural), creation and interpretation of CAD drawings and specifications used for communicating product requirements.
Trained in Quality Auditing.
Cost Reduction training to improve value to customer and producer.
Many international skills have been gained from several European trips for John Deere for supplier visits and Quality Audits.
11 Sep. ’13 – Present
Current Responsibilities-Ended my full time job at John Deere Des Moines Works through an Early Leave offer from JD, and currently in process of joining the workforce again as my available time has greatly increased with the settlement of my aging parents, as well as my wife’s parents have passed away, I’m at the point I want to make myself available for a steady part/or full time job related to my Supply Management, Logistic, or Product Design experience. I am a do-it-our-self person, and my major projects are getting complete around the house, I feel I have much to offer in the areas of my expertise.
08 MAY ’13 – 08 Nov.‘13
Position title-Service Parts Analyst working with worldwide depots and with domestic depots and assure new and cancelled parts are managed.
Populate Domestic & Overseas Depots and Branches with new, revised parts, and disposition obsolete parts to keep them current for customer access for replacement.
Weekly reports to managers at Des Moines of key metrics measured for goals established by company.
01 Sep. ’11 – 31 Sep.‘12 Ankeny, IA.
Position title-Strategic Supply Management: transferring Purchased Parts & Mfr’d parts from JDDMW’s to a JD China site.
John Deere Des Moines Works
Work with Marketing, Quality, and Supply Management & Manufacturing to deliver all fixtures to our ocean shipping company in Moline to prepare and ship all non-manufactured purchased parts from domestic suppliers in USA, or from current suppliers worldwide, to the JD factory in Jiamusi China to finish the assembly of the large chassis 9970 cotton picker for oversea sales to foreign users.
Have weekly meetings to facilitate communication between supplier and relevant Deere personnel needed for new components & existing components, either in person or by virtual meeting.
01 Nov. ’03 – 31 Sep.’09 John Deere Des Moines Works Ankeny, IA.
Position title-Strategic Supply
Interface with Deere Corp. Strategic Sourcing and John Deere Des Moines Works product engineers to assure alignment with suppliers selected for the Ag Division.
Participate in new product programs as a Supply Management representative.
Source engineered commodities assigned to me, and complete other supplier integration tasks associated with releasing new parts to production.
Facilitate communication between supplier and relevant Deere personnel needed for new components, either in person or by virtual meetings.
Participate in audit teams to evaluate new domestic or foreign sources.
01 Nov. ’01 – 31 Oct. ‘03
Deere & Company Corporate
Position title-Supply Base Manager-Hydraulics
Create supplier profiles, evaluate and categorize spend for assigned commodities, address supplier issues at Ag Division units.
Consolidate spend, negotiate pricing, and initiate and support cost reduction activities.
Eliminate suppliers that do not fit well into strategy, and add those that do.
Present strategies to Ag Division units both domestic and foreign.
Achieve cost reduction goals through economies of scale, resource to new suppliers to achieve lowest total acquisition cost.
01 Mar. ’77 – 31 Oct. ‘01
John Deere Des Moines Works
Position title-Senior Product Designer
Create new designs for John Deere Ag equipment made at Des Moines Works.
Using CAD software, make layouts of complex hydraulic, drive-train, as well as related structural parts to support and mount these components.
Write specifications, test orders, and troubleshoot problems with new and existing designs.
Participate in field test to evaluate functionality and durability of new designs, both mine and other design engineers.
Drake University-’98 graduate
Des Moines, Ia.
BS in Business Management
Business Course Curriculum-
Strategic Mgmt., Production/Operations Mgmt., International Economics, Marketing, and Cost Mgmt., Accounting.
Since this degree was achieved by attending night classes, I had plenty of opportunity to experience at work what lessons were being taught in class.
Hawkeye College-’79 graduate
AS in Design Engineering
Technical Course Curriculum-
Strength of Materials, Statics, Physics, Hydraulics, Industrial Quality Control, Machine Design, Manufacturing Processes, and Engineered Materials.
Courses were geared to practical application of product design principals and less on theoretical, which was well suited for mobile manufacturing industries.
Ag Division Engineering Manager Award
Award given for innovation of a new electro-hydraulic header control implemented on a new cotton harvesting model.
Six US Patents awarded during my years in product design.
Ranging from ’89 to ‘03
Patent numbers 4,819,415, 4,866,918, 5,163,874, 5,286,233, 6,041,583, and 6,588,187
My technical capabilities have been complemented with a business degree in management to broaden my approach to optimizing designs, since cost, manufacturability, and marketability are strongly linked to a successful product. I have a natural interest in technically challenging work, and I am methodical in my approach. I always look for ways to eliminate non-value added effort from a business perspective; I also have a good sense of doing what’s most cost effective; yet making sure the value is there. I am looking forward to discussing your job opportunity in greater detail.