February 13, 2020
    Northern Illinois, United States


    $110,000 - $150,000 based upon experience, plus benefits, bonus, pension, and vehicle

    Independent, profitable, and progressive agronomy cooperative in Northern Illinois is seeking a General Manager. This role is open due to an impending retirement. The company provides agronomy, propane, refined fuels, and seed products to a loyal customer base. The responsibilities for this role are multi-faceted and consist of budgeting, credit, and preparation of financial reports, purchasing and pricing, management of personnel, sales and customer relations, compliance and regulatory, and day to day operations, with duties that may change with each day depending upon the season.

    The company has invested heavily in equipment and facilities. The NH3 equipment, risers, tanks, and toolbars are current and well maintained. They meet and exceed safety and compliance regulations. Refined fuel and propane storage and distribution equipment are current and exceed regulatory requirements. Seed storage and treatment facilities are up to date. All self-propelled applicators are stored inside. The facilities are considered "turnkey."

    The customer base is loyal and the area is known for mostly prime farmland that is gently rolling. Crops are primarily corn and soybeans. Customers are multi-generational and own a large percentage of their farmland.

    Employees are experienced, long-term, and local. The company has created an atmosphere where the employees want to come to work each day.

    This individual reports to a Board of Directors that are united in maintaining and growing an independent agronomy and fuels company.

    The community has excellent schools and churches that represent the major denominations. There are locally owned restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses that cater to local customers. Geographic location is within an hour of a major metropolitan area.

    This opportunity is hands-on and customer-facing and may at times, depending on the season, be in the plant and servicing customers. You must be a person who will lead by example and not be afraid to get dirty.

    The Board desires a candidate with experience in the agronomy retail industry who has had direct experience in employee management, financial oversight, purchasing, pricing, and regulatory compliance. This position will require you to meet customers, learn their operations, and make agronomic recommendations. You will be responsible for sales to farmer accounts and must have experience in making recommendations. A CCA will be helpful.

    This career opportunity would make an excellent transition for someone who has been managing a plant or sales force and ready for more responsibility. Someone in the agronomy distribution, manufacturing, or wholesale sectors would also be of interest. To be successful in this job, you will need an understanding of the agronomy retail industry and where the business is headed in the future.

    You will be expected to be consistently seeking new ways to generate revenue and to leverage the coop's strengths with other partners. Being a person of good character and integrity are a must. Experience working within a coop structure and a Board Of Directors is highly preferred.

    Should you be hired for this role, you will be compensated based upon the experiences and value you bring to the job. You will be eligible for a variety of medical coverage and a defined benefit pension plan.

    Qualified agronomy managers with a passion to lead this company should contact Jim Fleming.

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