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01/03/2022

Deere to open Chicago office

Chicago’s Fulton Market is destination for John Deere’s new tech center, IT jobs, other roles.
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Deere & Company announced it will open a new Chicago office by late summer or early fall of 2022.  Initially, the facility will target IT capabilities in eCommerce, cloud, data and analytics, and a variety of innovation related technical skills, said Moline, Ill.-based Deere.

“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,” said Andrez Carberry, director of global HR operations at John Deere.

The company plans to add 150 Information Technology jobs over the next two years, with the goal of hiring a total of 300 positions to support IT and additional roles within the company.

“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,” said Carberry.

“This new location will pave the way for hundreds of new IT jobs for residents and help Illinois continue its long-standing tradition of being at the center of breakthrough discoveries in agricultural and construction technology,” said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

The new space, located in the fast-growing west-loop Fulton Market neighborhood, will allow Deere to recruit from the deep bench of diverse talent in Chicago and provide them with the flexibility of in-person collaboration.

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“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, VP 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, the firm said, 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.

Said Carberry: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be expanding our footprint into downtown Chicago.”

Deere & Company is a world leader in providing advanced products, technology and services for customers whose work is revolutionizing agriculture and construction — those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land.