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Vermeer Corporation Systems Engineering Manager 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 More®.

Job Summary

The Systems Engineering Manager leads and directs the engineering activities of the systems teams, develops and implements policies and procedures for the engineering function, and oversees adherence to work in accordance with company policies, priorities and budget constraints. This position manages and/or develops budgets for department including operating requirements, equipment, and material purchases. This role provides technical leadership and assistance to other departments across the organization as required.

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. Define, develop, and lead strategic engineering activities within the assigned area of responsibility. Develop and maintain engineering processes and design guidelines for assigned area and product group.

  3. Ensure ease of manufacturability and assembly by coordinating and collaborating with the necessary departments and individuals on items including, but not limited to, quality of parts, safety and legal issues, and product design; implement engineering solutions that improve quality and reliability.

  4. Ensure on-time project launches that meet standards and meet or exceed customer expectations. Coordinate with sales, service, marketing, purchasing, manufacturing, quality assurance, and other departments required for assuring the successful launch of the product or project.

  5. Promote a deeper understanding of team’s responsibility and accountability associated with critical timeline projects including regular communication with related groups.

  6. Develop and lead lean strategies for improving existing product and process systems based on strategic initiatives and target market applications. Lead lean process activities from process prototype through production implementation.

  7. Consult with service, field personnel and product specialists on answering technical questions for assigned area and direct the tracking and resolution of field issues.

  8. Research and identify applications, performance, and functional requirements to assure adequacy for the intended function in customer acceptable terms. Conceptualize, conceive, plan, and direct the production environment design, model build, testing, costing, manufacturing review and production start up.

  9. Evaluate existing product in the market place for Company fit. Develop and implement product plan for acquisition or partnership to enhance current product and solution base. Participate in voice of customer events, customer service and dealer product conference calls.

Education and/or Experience

  • 4-year technical degree in Mechanical, Agricultural, Electrical, Industrial or relevant Engineering required.

  • Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in multiple areas of a manufacturing-based company required, with functional experience and proficiency in the field of electrical, and/or systems design; and/or combination of education and experience, required.

  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in effectively managing people, processes, and development projects.

Computer Skills

  • Experience with C, C++, or model-based design tools, such as MathWorks MATLAB.

  • Experience with 2D or 3D drafting with file and revision management.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to integrate systems including mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and software.

  • Understanding of equipment design and motion control.

  • Ability to lead a team in an Agile process management environment.

  • Ability to read and understand electrical and hydraulic schematics.

  • Understanding of software architecture and code development methods.

  • Knowledge of financial statements, budgeting, and the strategic planning processes; ability to operate within targeted budget.

  • Ability to develop reliable, easily manufactured, high performing, competitive solutions that are financially successful for the Company.

  • Ability to collect information and make good decisions based on sound data and input from multiple individuals. Ability to make detail orientated and independent decisions that not only effect the department goals positively but contribute to the overall Company goals.

  • Ability to effectively manage and prioritize projects and schedules to meet customer expectations and provide on time delivery of new products and enhancements.

  • Ability to meet performance measures, including gross margin, market share, sales, and reliability and customer goals.

  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public/customers and co-workers and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness.

  • Ability to produce accurate, professional and error-free documents in a timely manner.

  • Demonstration of good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to speak clearly and effectively communicate a message in front of various groups of people.


Up to 10% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane 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. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions in human resources at (641) 621-8767 or at

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.