Category Lead, Capital Acquisition

Company Name: John Deere

Location: Moline, Illi, US - 61265-8098

Job Duration: 2022-01-13 to 2022-02-12


At John Deere, we run so life can leap forward. This powerful purpose is our promise to humankind that we will dream, design and deliver breakthrough products that sustain our world for generations to come. The world is counting on us to feed billions of people and build vital infrastructures in villages, towns, and megacities. We live up to the legacy our founder forged in a one-room blacksmith’s shop nearly two centuries ago by creating a culture that brings out the best in all of us. A culture where great ideas thrive because every voice is heard.


Primary Location: United States (US) – Illinois  – Moline  
Function: Supply Management / Logistics
Title: Category Lead, Capital Acquisition – 81418 

Onsite/Remote: Onsite Position 


This position can be located at any of the following cities:  Dubuque, IA, Davenport, IA, Ottumwa, IA, Waterloo, IA, Des Moines, IL, Horicon, WI or Quad Cities locations per the hiring manager’s discretion. This may be dependent on the successful candidate’s background, experience, and proficiency.

Your Responsibilities


As a Category Lead, for John Deere World Headquarters, located in Moline, IL, you will be responsible for sourcing machining equipment, test cells, weld cells and assembly tools for the Fabrication, Assembly and Welding Council, within IM&S.  In addition, you will:


  • Work collaboratively with facility and manufacturing engineering and factory operations to develop the specification and scope of goods and services.
  • Work collaboratively with supply base managers to develop and implement sourcing strategies
  • Lead the RFQ process and negotiation of supply agreements
  • Monitor and lead efforts to improve supplier performance in delivery, quality, cost, invoicing, and contractual commitments
  • Drive cost reduction


Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.  

What Skills You Need


  • Proficient at data analysis to solve problems or develop a business case
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence multiple levels within the organization
  • Experience negotiating with suppliers, including cost, delivery, and performance expectations
  • Supply Management, Operations, Engineering, Manufacturing or Finance experience
  • Ability to travel domestically up to 50% (primarily day trips)

What Makes You Stand Out


  • Experience developing and managing contracts including related data analytics
  • Project management experience, with the ability to maintain timelines and keep projects on schedule



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


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Management, Engineering/Technology, Business/Management, or similar discipline and/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. 


An Equal Opportunity Employer, John Deere requires a diversity of people, perspectives and ideas to address the complex challenges of its global business.  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, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.