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We’re Blue River, a team of innovators driven to create intelligent machinery that solves monumental problems for our customers. We empower our customers – farmers, construction crews, and foresters – to implement safer and more sustainable solutions, driving increased profitability with less reliance on scarce labor. We believe that focusing on the small stuff – pixel-by-pixel and task-by-task – leads to big gains. With our partners at John Deere, we have the ability to bring innovative computer vision, machine learning, robotics, and product management solutions to scale production, maximizing their potential impact.

Our people are at the heart of what we do. Through cross-discipline collaboration, this mission-driven and daring team is eager to define the new frontier of mobile robotics. We are always asking hard questions, rapidly iterating, and getting our boots in the field and on-site to figure it out. We won’t give up until we’ve made a tangible and positive impact on the planet.


Are you incredibly organized and enjoy coordinating fast-paced projects? Our team is looking for an Associate Project Manager to support our project builds, coordinating orders, and preparations for shipment. You will partner with engineering to identify vendors for procurement, manage bill of materials, coordinate new builds and retrofits, as well as managing inventory and coordinating project shipments. You are excited by building strong processes, systems and cross-team collaboration and enjoy the details of engineering projects. You will be the on-site expert on where our high-value components are in the development process, what inventory levels are and where they need to be maintained, and how to resolve competing needs and priorities. This position reports directly to the Robotics Hardware Systems Manager.


  • Partner with hardware and systems engineers to determine purchasing needs and requirements for production and delivery.
  • Collaborate with suppliers for product availability, perform comparative pricing, and establish delivery requirements/timelines.
  • Input and maintain online database of all products and maintaining inventory with regular updates.
  • Identify and resolve any and all issues related to product quality, delivery, utilization, and loss for electrical, mechanical, and embedded hardware components.
  • Plan and coordinate tasks, resources and timelines as required to successfully execute hardware development projects.
  • Creating parts kitting for product builds, integration, and deployments to the field.
  • Coordinate across John Deere and Blue River to ensure on-time delivery of critical hardware components for R&D.


  • Experience in purchasing and inventory control management.
  • Proficiency in database management, analyzing and reporting data regarding inventory issues, results, solutions.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and exercise independent judgment.
  • Excellent communicator to different audiences, both internal and external both in verbal and written medium.
  • Ability to read and understand technical specifications and CAD drawings/BOMs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel and/or GSuite.
  • Experience with inventory management tools and purchasing tools such as NetSuite.
  • BS in an Engineering discipline preferred.
  • Knowledge of Airtable, Aligni, Confluence, Jira or similar project management software is a plus.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs


At Blue River, we’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.  While we have more work to do to advance diversity and inclusion, we’re investing in our programs, including recruiting, mentorship, career development, and learning & development to ensure they support our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.

We support each employee in living a full life, enabling a thriving career, and accomplishing a meaningful, challenging mission while collaborating with incredible people. We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align completely with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

The US base salary range for this position is $88,000 – $156,000, along with eligibility for Blue River’s bonus and benefit programs.

Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your location during the hiring process.

During the recruitment process, we may identify an alternative role or level to which you are more suited. If your ideal role at Blue River differs from the advertised position, we will provide an updated pay range as soon as possible during the hiring process.

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