Warehouse Automation Manager

Date: May 19, 2023

Location: Milan, Illinois, US, 61264

Company: John Deere

There are over 7 billion people on this planet. And by 2050, there will be 2 billion more... many moving into urban centers at an unprecedented rate. Making sure there is enough food, fiber and infrastructure for our rapidly growing world is what we're all about at John Deere. And it's why we're investing in our people and our technology like never before! Here the world's brightest minds are tackling the world's biggest challenges. If you believe one person can make the world a better place, we'll put you to work. RIGHT NOW.


John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards 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.


Primary Location: United States (US) - Illinois  - Milan  
Function: Technology (CA)
Title: Warehouse Automation Manager - 94392
Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position

 This position is eligible for a flexible work schedule arrangement at the present time. The arrangement may be delayed for training or other job acclimation purposes and remains subject to change.



As the Warehouse Automation Manager for John Deere's North American Parts Distribution Center in Milan, IL, you will be responsible for driving the development and implementation of an enterprise-wide warehouse automation technology strategy across multiple sites. 

You will also be accountable for defining and documenting near and long-term automation vision for Aftermarket and Customer Service (A&CS), creating a leadership-ready roadmap, and leveraging data and small-scale pilots to continually drive refinements. In addition, you will work cross-functionally to create compelling capital requests and oversee the physical configuration of automation solutions for existing and future warehouses. 

You will also be involved with:

  • Developing and executing a far-reaching warehouse automation technology strategy across multiple sites
  • Selecting and deploying warehouse automation technologies, including crane ASRS, bot-and-grid systems, and AGVs
  • Defining the overall automation strategy and providing higher-level support of the automation
  • Commissioning large-scale equipment installations and creating training and maintenance programs for sustained operations


VISA Sponsorship is NOT Available for this position

What Skills You Need


  • 10+ years of expertise with integrating goods-to-person technologies into distribution centers
  • Warehouse automation experience 
  • 5+ years of people management experience
  • A track record of managing technology roadmaps for more than 5 years

What Makes You Stand Out


  • Warehouse operations management experience
  • Familiarity with installing with unit-load crane ASRS, bot-and-grid systems, VLM, and AGVs
  • Knowledge of aftermarket parts or heavy machinery distribution
  • Experience working within an SAP/EWM WMS environment
  • MBA



  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related discipline, or equivalent related warehouse automation implementation 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 while working in an inclusive team environment. 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. Additionally, we offer a comprehensive reward package to help you get started on your new career path, including:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Highly competitive base pay and performance bonuses
  • Savings & Retirement benefits (401K and Defined Benefit Pension)
  • Healthcare benefits with a generous company contribution in the Health Savings Account
  • Adoption assistance
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Tuition assistance
  • Fitness subsidies and on-site gyms at specific Deere locations
  • Charitable contribution match
  • Employee Purchase Plan & numerous discount programs for personal use


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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.


The terms of the applicable benefit plans, and all company actions administering or interpreting these plans, continue to control. Deere & Company reserves the right to suspend, amend, modify, or terminate the Plan(s) in any manner at any time, including the right to modify or eliminate any cost-sharing between the company and participants. Changes, which can be made at any time, are made by action of the company's board of directors, or to the extent authorized by resolution of its board of directors, or by the Deere & Company Compensation Committee. In the event of a conflict between the language of the official Plan Documents and this document, the language of the official Plan Documents will control.



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