Rosalind Fox has been Factory Manager at the John Deere factory in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina since 2012. This facility manufactures Commercial Mowing and Golf & Turf equipment and has over 400 employees. As the manager she is responsible for overseeing John Deere Turf Care’s manufacturing operations, driving the success of key deliverables in safety, quality, delivery and cost.
Her path to John Deere started at 3M Company where she worked on engineering projects that included the development of a Dual Brightness Enhancement Film that is used on laptop monitors and flat screen televisions. Fox was awarded a patent for this product that improves the brightness of these screens and saves energy. Knowing from the time she had her first engineering job at 3M that she wanted to be a factory manager she sought out roles and project assignments that would help her toward this goal.
In 2005 she was hired by John Deere as a Master Process Pro in the Construction and Forestry Division, five years later she was promoted to Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion where she worked closely with Human Resources leveraging diversity and inclusion to higher levels globally for the corporation. She then achieved her goal to become a factory manager where she has been extremely successful having the highest profitability in the factory’s existence and improving employee engagement to the highest level ever in the facility. Her factory focuses on safety as shown by the world-class 10 million hours without a lost time injury.
Beyond the work she does as a factory manager, Fox has grown the company’s partnership with the Society of Women Engineers which in turn helps grow the global impact of SWE. In her efforts to encourage children, people of color, and young women to pursue STEM careers she helped to develop John Deere Inspire, a group whose members have donated thousands of hours including 152 mentors supporting 225 First Robotics teams. Fox was the recipient of the SWE Prism Award in 2015 for both her personal accomplishments and her support of other women engineers.
Written by Angela Goad