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Functional Software PV&V Tech Lead

Date: Sep 24, 2021

Location: Dubuque, Iowa, US, 52001

Company: John Deere

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Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa  - Dubuque  
Function: Product Engineering
Title: Functional Software PV&V Tech Lead - 75523 


Your Responsibilities


As the Functional Software PV&V Tech Lead located in Dubuque, IA, you will be responsible for setting the direction of John Deere’s C&F Functional Software PV&V team. In addition to ensuring the safety and quality of our machine software, this role includes developing team members, determining testing strategies, implementing test environments, and outlining the future of our software validation strategy.

The Functional Software PV&V team members are the domain experts specializing in a wide range of our machine functions including drivetrain, grade control, operator interface, emerging technologies, etc. They are responsible for ensuring the software functionality which is integrated with multiple machine applications. The functional team works across a variety of test environments from software in the loop (SIL), hardware in the loop (HIL) through on machine testing.

The core responsibilities include:


  • Set the direction of John Deere’s C&F Functional Software PV&V team
  • Ensure delivery, quality, and coverage of testing activities for the C&F Division Functional SW PV&V Team
  • Lead the development and deployment of various test environments (SIL and HIL)
  • Develop testing workflows for the different types of features and functional areas within the division
  • Develop best practices for verification and validation techniques for the division
  • Provide resource needs to support the C&F Division SW PV&V Functional Team initiatives
  • Provide team leadership for supporting domestic and internationally located engineers

The core responsibilities also include:


  • Coach and mentor early career software PV&V, systems, and embedded software engineers
  • Own the validation and verification activities for a functional area within the division
  • Analyze and approve software requirements
  • Plan, coordinate, and perform testing in SIL, HIL environments, and on machine 
  • Work with software suppliers in the development and testing of software solutions
  • Work with the stakeholders to resolve issues found during testing 

What Skills You Need (Required skills/experiences)


  • Experience defining, developing, or testing mechanical systems, electrical systems, controls, or software
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills to analyze and solve technical problems, including troubleshooting software, electrical and mechanical issues 
  • Demonstrated project leadership and decision making
  • Demonstrated team mentoring and coaching
  • Ability to work in a self-directed mode 

What Makes You Stand Out (Desired skills/experiences)


  • Significant knowledge and experience in software testing, tools, and processes such as unit testing, HIL, SIL, black box, boundary conditions etc.
  • Experience with embedded software including C/C++ 
  • Experience with electrical hardware, software, and their interaction with mechanical systems 
  • Experience with automotive/aviation/off road mobile equipment software or controls development (design or test) 
  • Experience with model-based software testing techniques 
  • Experience with distributed control systems and communication protocols 
  • Background in construction or agricultural equipment operation
  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent 



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

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Computer, Systems Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent.


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.


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 or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



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