January 5, 2021
    Central Illinois, United States


    Highly successful, growth-oriented, two location cooperative grain company in Central Illinois is seeking to replace their long-time retiring General Manager with a well-rounded, multi-talented next generation leader. This individual will provide strong leadership for the future success and growth of this financially strong company; they will also possess an easy to talk to, energetic personality that makes getting out and meeting customers and doing business enjoyable.

    The successful candidate will utilize their grain industry and management experience, honesty and integrity, and passion for leading and serving people to guide and carry out the long-term vision for the company.

    The new GM must have strong grain merchandising skills and a solid knowledge of various grain marketing contracts and tools to assist farmers with their marketing programs. A positive, professional attitude with a desire to make changes for the good of the customer along with strong technical skills and an ability to evaluate and use computers and new technology in managing grain sheets, inventory and operations will be a big plus.

    In this role, you will be able to put your own stamp on a quality, financially-solid business. This is an opportunity to create your own path and be in charge of a nice modern facility with loyal customers who desire for the cooperative to be successful long-term. You will enjoy partnering with a Board that has vision and believes 100% in the company, lets their manager manage, and has a passion to help the elevator, its employees, and customers succeed.

    Being the leader of a smaller company, this GM will wear many hats and be a hands-on manager. Communicating clearly and dealing well with team members, customers, truckers and vendors is critical. Understanding the operations side and being involved in all aspects of the business is also key in order to train new team members, oversee grain quality, and make plans for upgrades or changes to facilities as needed.

    This cooperative has developed a reputation for being the best service elevator in the area, from getting trucks in and out quickly to friendly customer service. With over 100 years of success and a loyal customer base that cares about their elevator, they desire to remain independent and to continue to provide the very best service possible.

    In recent years, significant capital projects have helped to make this elevator more efficient and attractive to a larger pool of farmers; they are well equipped to continue to grow and be a competitive leader in their geographic area.

    The Board desires to continue a steady level of growth and expansion to keep up with customer needs. The new General Manager must be a forward thinker capable of dealing with the challenges common to a country elevator and partnering with the Board in establishing a vision for thriving into the future.

    If you are motivated to lead a financially-stable, successful company and appreciate the ongoing management challenges being a General Manager entails, you should take a strong look at this opportunity; it could be one that fits you perfectly.

    Located among some of the best farmland in the Midwest and in the midst of a thriving rural area with excellent nearby schools, communities, and family values, you will have the benefit of living in the country or in one of several forward-thinking communities nearby. You will also be within easy driving distance of a wide variety of educational, entertainment, and cultural opportunities in multiple university communities.

    Interviews for this position will be held in early Spring 2021 with the intent of having the new General Manager on the job no later than June 2021.

    Salary will industry competitive based on experience with excellent benefits and a bonus based on achieving goals and company profitability.

    Qualified candidates seeking to better themselves professionally and personally in a stable, challenging, and long-term career opportunity, please contact Dave Allen or Chelbi Williams Alt.

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