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Vermeer Corporation Director of Product Lifecycle Management in Pella, Iowa

You’re not likely to find another company like Vermeer. Our people are from all walks of life in locations around the world, rolling up our sleeves and getting tough work done every day. Together. We’re a family-owned and operated company with an unmatched culture, one that is built on the belief that every Vermeer team member has real, personal impact – on our people, our customers and our world. Whoever you are and where you are in your career, Vermeer helps you be Equipped to Do More ® .

Job Summary

Work Shift

1 - First Shift

The Director of Product Lifecycle Management is responsible for the overall strategic leadership of the integrated global product lifecycle management process, system, workstreams, procedures, and training. The Director of PLM will lead a team of PLM sub-process owners and interface with the engineering and business stakeholders, efficiently driving the company’s innovation and including the assurance of compliance to Tier 4 emission standards and other regulatory requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Lead by exhibiting the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused and stewardship while modeling the associated behaviors. Supervise, organize, and mentor and coach assigned team members in performance of their duties while influencing others to carry the Vermeer culture forward. Establish and monitor individual and team goals which are aligned with the organization’s strategies and objectives to drive key business results. Use expertise to ensure department is serving its internal and external customers and meeting defined expectations. 2. Lead, develop, engage, and mentor the organization in implementing world-class PLM systems and processes. Influence across business functions to ensure high level goals and objectives are being met. Build a compelling 3–5-year roadmap of process/system improvements and chart a path to execute against that roadmap and vision.

  2. Establish the strategic engineering data model for the company, defining the end-to-end flow of product information.

  3. Stay current with current industry PLM trends and technologies to keep Vermeer at the forefront of PLM. Develop and nurture external relationships ensuring company approach reflects thought leadership from inside and outside Vermeer.

  4. Manage and coordinate all activities related to product introductions, equipment and test specifications, and manufacturing tooling design. Establish, prioritize, and drive new product introduction (NPI) objectives and initiatives to align with corporate objectives and initiatives. Ensure that NPI projects are closely managed and reported on and necessary actions are taken to keep them on track.

    Education and/or Experience

  5. Bachelor’s degree in a STEM, information management or other related field required.

  6. MS degree in relevant discipline with a minimum of 10+ year experience, or a BS with 15+ years of relevant experience preferred.

  7. Relevant experience in driving organizational change management to adopt new engineering systems, tools, and processes.

    Other Skills and Abilities

  8. Proven ability to serve as the trusted advisor and subject matter expert for PLM.

  9. Demonstrated ability to balance longer term strategic thinking against more tactical execution of shorter-term deliverables.

  10. Demonstrated experience developing innovative products that successfully address customer and regulatory needs, with wide adoption.

  • Ability to collaborate with sales, engineering, and legal leaders to develop and assure proper development and execution of PLM master plans and performance metrics.

  • Budgeting and coordinating the company-wide PLM requirements to assure a compliant, efficient, and effective system.

    • Aligning resources, seeking the input of internal and external key stakeholders, and driving others to achieve desired results.

    • Deep understanding of 3D CAD modeling.

    • Deep understanding of Siemens, Dassault, Aras, or PTC PLM systems and best practices for flowing engineering changes through those systems.


  • Occasional travel is expected of this position.

Work Location

HYBRID: Some of a team member’s day-to-day work may be best done at a location other than a Vermeer campus. Discuss specific arrangements with your manager.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions in human resources at (641) 621-8767 or at

Why Vermeer?

Our reach is global, our impact is personal. By joining Vermeer, you won’t just be making the right step for your career. You’ll be making a real, personal impact on our people, our customers and our world.

Impact Our People: You’ll find teams of hardworking people who take pride in their work, pride in each other and pride in the principles that guide them. Our team members are diverse, talented and driven to continuously learn, improve and innovate, both for our company and for their careers.

Impact Our Customers: Whether our customers are operating small stump cutters in their backyard or giant surface mining equipment in Australia, they make progress happen. Our team members are constantly turning up new possibilities and collaboratively innovating to keep our customers and the people they serve on the leading-edge of progress around the world.

Impact Our World: At Vermeer, we believe in giving back and helping people and communities. We’ve held that belief from our founding in 1948. Our reach extends from offering impressive benefits that help our team members and their families live well, to supporting our local communities through volunteer and community investment programs. Our impact is also experienced by the way our customers use Vermeer products to make a difference. Vermeer equipment is used all around the world to keep people connected to life necessities, such as water and electricity, harvest the feed that nourishes a vibrant food supply and effectively manage precious natural resources that improve our quality of life.