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Senior Attorney - Hardware, Software & Connectivity

Date: Sep 28, 2021

Location: District of Columbia, US

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.


Primary Location: United States (US) 
Function: Legal
Title: Senior Attorney - Hardware, Software & Connectivity - 70208 



This position may be located in Austin, TX, Urbandale, IA, Washington, D.C., Torrance, California, or San Francisco, California, per the hiring manager's discretion. This may be dependent on the successful candidate's background, experience, and proficiency.



Your Responsibilities


The John Deere Smart Industrial operating model is unlocking new value for customers and revolutionizing the agriculture and construction industries through the rapid introduction of new technologies. 


As the Senior Attorney – Hardware, Software & Connectivity for John Deere, you will play a key role in the realization of this vision by providing legal counsel on the development, licensing, and global distribution of Deere’s embedded software, hardware, and connectivity solutions.

In addition, you will:

  • Lead the legal support of issues affecting electronic hardware developed by the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG), including global import, use, and type approval regulations
  • Lead the legal support of ISG’s software development and delivery process, including the licensing of software, encryption regulations, and over-the-air software update strategies
  • Lead the legal support of Deere connectivity solutions, including radiofrequency licensing and usage, telematics devices, mobile connectivity, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Advise on the licensing and use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones), including counsel to John Deere Aviation, and monitoring and advising on global changes in UAS regulations
  • Collaborate with global GLSG and Public Affairs colleagues to monitor and comply with global regulations and impending legislation that may impact Deere's Hardware, Software, Connectivity, and UAS initiatives
  • Stay current on emerging trends in electronic hardware, software, connectivity, and UAS law through continuing legal education, industry publications, and participation in professional conferences and associations

Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

What Skills You Need

  • Experience analyzing global regulatory requirements and obtaining approvals for electronic hardware
  • Experience advising on the licensing of embedded software
  • Experience advising on telecommunications/radio spectrum licensing and regulations, including interaction with national regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • 8 or more years in the practice of law in a private law firm or corporate law department
  • Ability to travel domestically and/or internationally up to 25%

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Experience advising on the licensing and use of UAS
  • Experience managing multi-national outside counsel
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a technology field, such as Information Technology, Computer Engineering or Computer Science



  • Juris Doctor


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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