Lead Data Scientist

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


Primary Location: United States (US) – Illinois  – Chicago  
Function: Data & Analytics (CA)
Title: Lead Data Scientist – 106819
Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position



This position is eligible for a flexible work schedule arrangement at the present time. The arrangement may be delayed for training or other job acclimation purposes and remains subject to change. 

Your Responsibilities


As the Lead Data Scientist within the eCommerce Data & Analytics team, located in Chicago, IL you will:


  • Lead and execute data science projects to drive eCommerce growth and an improved digital customer and dealer experience on shop.deere.com. 
  • You will be responsible for executing data science projects from conception to deployment, sharing clear project visions with cross-functional stakeholders. Once delivered, you will ensure long-term value and performance with maintenance, monitoring and improvements as needed. 
  • As a technical leader, you be will responsible for setting a strong example with coding and time-management best practices, mentoring junior talent, providing helpful feedback and technical guidance to ensure code is ready for sign-off, making sound hiring and retention decisions, and promoting a culture of learning. 
  • Lead code review, validation, and design review activities to ensure and demonstrate high-quality output, providing final sign-off for all eCommerce Data Science outputs  
  • Participate in program-wide roadmap planning and define project proposals, scope, dependencies, etc. to ensure successful delivery 
  • Effectively communicate project benefits, risks, and outcomes with appropriate level of technical detail for stakeholders of varying levels and backgrounds 
  • Empower and inspire data science team to deliver business value by translating abstract concepts into clear data science workflows  
  • Research new and trusted data science methods, models, etc. to provide strong technical direction to data science team 
  • Partner closely with global data engineering team in India, and be available during global working hours  


VISA Sponsorship is NOT Available for this position

What Skills You Need


  • 8 or more years of professional analytics experience including: 
  • 5 or more years of experience with a statistical programming language (Python preferred)  
  • 5 or more years of experience of advanced SQL programming 
  • 5 or more years of experience executing data science projects involving advanced techniques (such as NLP, Generative AI, statistical analysis, predictive modeling, financial forecasting, data visualization, and machine learning) from beginning to end 
  • Proven ability to successfully communicate complex concepts to non-technical audiences  
  • MS or higher in relevant field (Data Science, Statistics, Computer Science, etc.) 

What Makes You Stand Out


  • Experience with Generative AI, specifically in developing RAG applications, prompt engineering, and incorporating human reinforcement learning  
  • Experience building NLP applications, especially LLM and Search 
  • Experience using Spark through python and/or Databricks 
  • Experience building financial models 
  • Experience working within the complex ecosystems including supply chain management, inventory optimization, and digital solutions within the manufacturing industry -OR- experience in omnichannel retail with e-Commerce focus 



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


  • MS or higher in relevant field (Data Science, Statistics, Computer Science, etc.) 

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 Contribution)
  • 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


Follow this link to learn more about our Total Rewards Package https://bit.ly/3XCd8fL 


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 extent 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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