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Safety Lead

Date: Sep 29, 2022

Location: Waterloo, Iowa, US, 50701

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


Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa  - Waterloo  
Function: Environment / Health / Safety
Title: Safety Lead - 89352
Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position


Your Responsibilities

As a Safety Lead for John Deere located in Waterloo, IA, you will provide strategic and tactical guidance to location leadership to achieve required injury reduction and compliance with OSHA/John Deere requirements. In addition, you will:

  • Prepare strategic and tactical plans as required to meet goals established by the company, unit, and/or division and leads one or more objectives. Analyze appropriate health and safety metrics to identify trends and opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate safety group meetings including incident investigations, root cause analysis, robust safety, and ergonomic risk assessments, and the John Deere safety audit process
  • Monitor and assure regulatory compliance for location, including all governmental and Deere standards
  • Lead the tactical deployment and oversees the safety audit process and self-assessments of John Deere safety protocols/programs
  • Serve as a facilitator as needed for governmental regulatory inspections or 3rd party audits
  • Prepare and implement proactive actions against incidents and injuries
  • Maintain and manage OSHA 300 recordkeeping and worker’s compensation requirements
  • Provide technical support on industrial hygiene programs

Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.  

What Skills You Need

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Presentation skills and experience
  • 3 or more years of experience with OSHA and General industry safety requirements (i.e., safety audits, Robot & Machine Safeguarding Risk Assessments, Safety Risk Assessments, and Ergonomics)
  • Industrial hygiene program experience
  • Root cause analysis experience
  • Ability to work off shifts to conduct proactive safety activities as well as incident investigations, root cause analysis, and other duties
  • Ability to travel domestically up to 25%

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Experience as a Safety Engineer or similar experience within a Foundry
  • Industrial hygiene experience with respirable crystalline silica standard
  • Knowledge of OSHA standards, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, assembly processes, machine safeguarding, large manufacturing process, and a unionized work environment.
  • Supervisory experience
  • CSP or CIH certification


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

  • Bachelor's degree in Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or equivalent discipline

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


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.


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 extend 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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