John Deere opens new Chicago office
By Bill Tremblay
Deere plans to add 150 Information Technology jobs over the next two years
John Deere has expanded its footprint in the United States with the opening of a new office in Chicago.
Initially, the facility will target IT capabilities in eCommerce, cloud, data and analytics, as well as a variety of innovation related technical skills.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be expanding our footprint into downtown Chicago,” said Andrez Carberry, director of global HR operations at John Deere.
The new office space will be home to about 150 Information Technology positions within its first two years. Deere has set a goal of hiring a total of 300 positions to support IT and additional roles within the company.
“A focused expansion of John Deere’s global footprint aligns directly with our smart industrial strategy. This includes leveraging additional markets that have great diversity and technology skills to incorporate into our world-class talent base,” Carberry said. “We build the best products in the world and through our technology, we improve our customers’ profitability while driving more sustainable outcomes. Recruiting and developing diverse talent is critical to our continued growth and to the success of John Deere as a major employer of tech talent in Illinois.”
The new space, located in the fast-growing Fulton Market neighbourhood, will allow Deere to recruit diverse talent in Chicago and provide them with the flexibility of in-person collaboration. The new office is expected to open in late summer/early fall of 2022.
“Over the past few years, the digital transformation and agility of our business operations have been accelerated by a more modern information tech Stack on the foundation of stronger digital and technical skills,” said Ganesh Jayaram, vice president of information technology at John Deere. “Chicago offers us the opportunity to augment our technical skills to drive this ongoing modernization of our digital business solutions.”
The investment in Chicago includes an EDGE agreement offered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), a program to support companies making large-scale capital investments and long-term job creation commitments in Illinois communities.