Nancy Post
Nancy E Post
Global Director Hay & Forage Platform Engineering, John Deere
Cedar Falls, IA

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.

    Manage engineering leadership who are responsible for strategic planning, engineering design and budget planning.

  • Why did you choose engineering?

    I loved math and science and wanted to leverage my aptitude. 

  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?

    Hawkeye Institute of Technology - AAS Electronics
    Mount Mercy - Bachelors in Computer Science
    University of Phoenix - MBA 

  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?

    Designing electronic systems, developing communication protocols, writing software.  

    On the people side: mentoring, coaching, developing people.  I like to enable others to envision the future and work to achieve it!

  • What do you like best about being an engineer?

    Solving problems, working with others and being a part the larger mission to provide food and housing for the world. 

  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?

    Providing first to the market products and technologies.

  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?

    Initially, finding a way to get a technical degree without financial assistance from my parents.  

  • Please tell us a little about your family.

    My husband and I both work at John Deere.  We started the same day!

    We have one daughter, Hannah, who is a chiropractor in Colorado.

    We have one son, Joshua, who just graduated from high school and is planning to attend the University of Iowa for Engineering and Business. 

  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?

    Create a robust and profitable Hay & Forage portfolio for John Deere, aligned to our budget.  

    10 years: Continue to grow as a people leader, coach, mentor and technical expert for John Deere. 

  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?

    My parents.  I am the youngest of 15 children and continually refer to the lessons I was taught growing up in such a large group and with such wise parents.  

  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?

    Be ready for it!  Enroll in all of the math and science courses so you are prepared to continue your education in engineering.  

    Talk to people in the field.  Engineering can be applied in so many exciting ways!

  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.

    I love to vacation.  We lived in Europe for 18 months and we visited 21 countries!  We also visit National Parks each year and truly enjoy the outstanding beauty they have to offer!  I believe in the value of recharging in order to be at your best.

Biography
Nancy is responsible for setting the strategic direction of critical technologies, guiding research and development spending on a global basis, and executing the scope and content of all current and future product programs to meet the business goals of the Hay & Forage Platform within John Deere. Nancy has 30 years of experience in the industry, and 22 years with John Deere. Nancy began her career at Rockwell International developing Satellite Communication systems for the commercial aviation industry. She spent one year at Compressor Controls in Urbandale Iowa as a senior software design engineer for compressor and turbine systems. Nancy joined the John Deere team in the Engine Controls group and has had several positions in the John Deere tractor team of increasing responsibility, focused primarily on systems and software development. She had an expat assignment in Mannheim, Germany. She was appointed to Manager of Tractor Electronic Systems and Software, before assuming the position as Global Quality Manager for Large Tractors. In her position previous to engineering director, she was responsible for developing long range Global Product Plans for the Tractor Platform, which included 1 through 9 series tractors and loaders. Nancy resides in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband Paul and son Josh. She has two children: Hannah, a Doctor of Chiropractic, residing in CO and Joshua plans to attend University of Iowa to study engineering and business. In her personal time, Nancy has a passion for travel and photography, enjoys all outdoor activities with family and friends, as well as cooking, reading and volunteering.
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  • Tia

    Added Monday, April 10, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    I like the technical parts of my role but took a major pay cut recently when I got laid of last year and took a lower paying job with a lateral move with low pay because of the flexibility they offer. My health has been bad due to severe morning sickness and the solar industry is highly volatile I feel worried that there will be a lay off again. I am stuck and cant leave yet due to the paychecks but in the coming months with a baby due in October a career transition is not possible too. I am ...
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    Nancy Post, John Deere
    Answered Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:36 AM
    My children are 18 and 25 now, so I am in a different position than you, but I have had the same concerns throughout my career.  As your child matures, the demands change, but maintaining balance is important.  I would suggest you give serious ...
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