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Our 90+ employees combine knowledge, integrity, and good old common sense to provide the products and services our members and customers need to grow profitably. Farmers Grain is proud to offer employees a challenging career, with a competitive salary and excellent benefits. The cooperative encourages employees to grow professionally through training and advancement. Apply now and start your career with Farmers Grain.

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SUMMARY OF THE POSITION
This position is accountable for the management and daily operation of a branch location owned by Farmers Grain Company. This includes providing outstanding service to customers and generating a profit for the company.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (include the following and others may be assigned)
Represents the Cooperative in a positive manner daily;
Accountable for the grading of all grains delivered to the location and maintaining grain quality;
Oversees the maintenance of the location’s facilities, equipment, and property; assists with the planning and supervision of major repairs;
Responsible for inventory control, pricing, stocking, ordering, billing, and maintaining adequate inventory levels to meet customer demands;
Manages the operations of the location in accordance with the Cooperatives policies and procedures;
Sells products and services;
Provides constructive feedback to Area Manager and General Manager;
Works effectively with all department managers;
Organizes and conducts producer meetings for the location;
Makes crop production recommendations;
Responsible for planning and budgeting for the location;
Maintains and promote safety awareness; follow safety policies, procedures, and reporting requirement;
Submits accurate location reports in a timely manner;
Provides leadership, training, and supervision to the location’s employees;
Maintains a positive attitude that promotes teamwork within the Cooperative and a favorable image of the Cooperative;
Keeps work area neat, clean and organized;
Provides excellent customer service by managing difficult or emotional situations; responding promptly to customer needs, resolving questions, complaints and concerns immediately and meeting commitments;
Effectively communicates by verbal and written means with customers, employees, and management;
Maintains and promotes safety awareness; follows safety policies, procedures, and reporting requirements;
Complies with all state and federal laws, codes, and regulations;
Presents a clean and professional appearance;
Employee is required to perform all other duties as directed by supervisor.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position has supervisory responsibilities and carries out those responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The qualifications, demands and environments described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
A Bachelors’ degree in agri-business or a related field is preferred; and one to three years of management experience; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Driver’s License
Grain Handling Certification
Fumigation License (preferred) 

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Must be able to think quickly and perform a mental assessment of workplace hazards, take appropriate precautions, and choose appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as dictated by need, regulation, and labeling.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; taste or smell; stand; walk; sit and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and /or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move over 100 pounds. This job entails the operation of grain elevator equipment. The employee may frequently need to climb ladders (may range from 20’ to 180’) and stairs. This may include structural ladders as well as climbing into applicator rig, large vehicles, and/or tractors. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Employee must understand and implement all related safety policies, procedures and programs for prevention and protection while performing job duties in various work environments.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Employee must understand and implement all related safety policies, procedures and programs for prevention and protection while performing job duties in various work environments.

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SUMMARY OF THE POSITION
Responsible for receiving, storing, and shipping grain, as well as housekeeping and maintenance at the cooperative’s Caldwell location. Portrays positive company image through effective communication, teamwork, and outstanding customer service. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
Ensures good quality grain condition by monitoring bin temperatures and grain moisture, and by properly rotating, blending, and treating the grain;
Maintains perpetual grain inventory;
Keeps commodity charts indicating location and contents of storage tanks;
Collects grain samples and records results;
Maintains records on chemical application of grain in bins;
Performs required preventative maintenance and submits all completed PM reports on time;
Performs necessary housekeeping inside the facilities; ensures that interior and exterior of facility is neat, clean and in good condition;
Safely loads and unloads trucks and operates equipment; cleans up grain spills;
Performs seed treatment and cleaning as needed;
Responsible for complying with all state and federal regulations pertaining to a safe workplace, housekeeping, and all activities that require regulation compliance;
Performs routine maintenance and repair on the location’s facilities, equipment, and property;
Maintains a positive attitude that promotes teamwork within the cooperative and a favorable image of the cooperative;
Pays close attention to detail, multi-tasks, solves problems, communicates effectively, and works independently or simultaneously with teammates;
Provides excellent customer service by managing difficult or emotional situations; responding promptly to customer needs, resolving questions, complaints, and concerns immediately and meeting commitments;
Presents self in a professional manner;
Employee is required to perform all other duties as directed by supervisor. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position has supervisory responsibilities. The Elevator Supervisor carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications, demands and environments described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must be at least 18 years of age
Valid driver’s license
Kansas Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification, 7B (or the ability to obtain)
Forklift certification (or the ability to obtain)

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Must be able to think quickly and perform a mental assessment of workplace hazards, take appropriate precautions, and choose appropriate PPE as dictated by need, regulation, and labeling. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; taste or smell; stand; walk; sit and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and /or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move over 100 pounds. The employee may frequently need to climb ladders (may range from 20’ to 180’) and stairs. This may include structural ladders as well as climbing into applicator rig, large vehicles, and/or tractors. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Employee must understand and implement all related safety policies, procedures and programs for prevention and protection while performing job duties in various work environments.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Employee must understand and implement all related safety policies, procedures and programs for prevention and protection while performing job duties in various work environments.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Employee must understand and implement all related safety policies, procedures and programs for prevention and protection while performing job duties in various work environments.

Applicants Rights Under Federal Employment Laws

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)

Benefits

Health & Vision Insurance
Health and vision coverage are offered to all full-time employees through Blue Cross Blue Shield on the 1st of the month following 60 days of employment. Employee only coverage is paid for 100 percent by the employer.

Dental, Cancer, Disability, Hospital & Accident Insurance
A wide variety of insurance coverage is available to employees beginning January 1 following 60 days of full-time employment.

Term Life Insurance
Term Life Insurance is provided by Farmers Grain Company at no cost to the employee the 1st of the month following 60 days of full-time employment equal to 3 times annual earnings.

Dependent Term Life Insurance
Employees may purchase Dependent Term Life Insurance up to $5,000 for spouses and $2,000 for dependent children.

Flexible Spending Accounts/Section 125 Plans
On January 1 following 60 days of full-time employment, employees may elect to have up to $2,550 withheld on a pre-tax basis from their check for unreimbursed medical and/or dependent care expenses.

Co-op Retirement Plan
Farmers Grain provides retirement for its employees through the Coop Retirement Plan. Employees who have completed at least 1,000 hours of service during the plan year will be enrolled in the plan. Both the Cooperative and the employee are subject to the provisions of the plan and the cost of the plan is shared by the employee and the Cooperative. Participation in the Coop Retirement Plan is a condition of employment and all eligible employees must participate.

Traditional/Roth 401(k)
Farmers Grain also offers employees the option to contribute to a retirement benefit plan. Employees may contribute up to 100% of their annual earnings, to the IRS maximum, beginning the first of the quarter after 12 months of employment and at least 1000 hours of service. FGC will match the employee’s contribution to a maximum of 2%. Employees have several investment options.

Annual Employee Incentive
Full-time employees, who have completed at least one year of service, are eligible to receive an annual incentive. Full-time employees who have worked less than one year are eligible for bonus on a pro-rated basis.