A reputable and financially sound agricultural cooperative in Northern Illinois is seeking a highly motivated and fiscally responsible CEO to replace their retiring CEO. This individual will be a thoughtful leader who brings excellent people management and agribusiness leadership skills, a fresh set of eyes, and a new way of thinking to challenge both the board and a solid team of professionals to the next level of success at this multi-facility agronomy, fuel and grain company.
The successful candidate will be a clear communicator with excellent people skills and unquestionable integrity who enjoys building relationships based on trust. You will inspire team members to grow and improve while expanding upon the success this company has enjoyed. Having strong negotiation skills, a solid background in grain merchandising and operations, and a commitment to the cooperative culture and values are key. Being positive, proactive in anticipating problems and not afraid to make changes to enhance profitability and customer service are also important.
A strong, personable, and confident personality that connects and motivates entry level to senior management team members while also understanding complex financial statements and how to hire key team members will describe this leader. It is also important to have a big picture understanding of where the cooperative has been, is currently, and have the foresight to develop a vision for where the company needs to go in the future. The successful candidate will also be honest, energetic, and driven to accomplish many different and impacting goals including helping all team members develop, grow and achieve goals and know that their contributions matter to the success of the team.
The new CEO will be capable of analyzing current ways of doing business and motivating staff to push forward with new things or change things as needed. You must be ready to take on multiple tasks while being a reliable and recognizable face of the company to customers, employees, and the communities served.
This cooperative is very family oriented and desires to continue the tradition of serving all their stockholders well from the largest to the smallest. They have successfully joined forces to improve facilities, expand services to customers, and increase efficiency. They take pride in giving their patrons a seat at the table in the agriculture industry. It's a good group of people who enjoy what they do. The new CEO must know how to engage with and challenge team members and be able to relate to, manage, and enjoy mentoring a younger staff.
This CEO will team up with a Board that is passionate about keeping the cooperative consistently profitable and continuing profitable growth as opportunities present themselves. They want to continue to have a culture that is admired and one that is highly desired by high quality people. They will stand behind a leader who is creative in looking for and developing opportunities that will improve their financial health and grow the company.
This opportunity offers excellent facilities, a young and energetic leadership team along with a quality mix of talented team members, and a very strong balance sheet. They are located in a highly productive area of northern Illinois with a loyal customer base encompassing a number of nice communities that maintain a friendly, rural atmosphere. They have been blessed with solid leadership that has formed a great foundation for the new leader to build upon. They are located in the midst of abundant recreational opportunities (water, state parks, etc.) and exceptional school systems as well as within a short distance to very large urban communities with a wide variety of entertainment and cultural opportunities.
Ideally, candidates will have successful agribusiness experience including a strong background in grain merchandising and operations and be seeking a long-term career where they can put their positive mark on this business while putting down roots in Northern Illinois.
Compensation will be competitive with an excellent benefits and incentive package.
This cooperative is stable and committed to staying relevant and profitable for years to come and offers huge potential for growth and success for an individual desiring an opportunity to take a company with great people already in place to the next level.
Interviews for this position will be held in July 2021 with applications accepted through late May.
If you are an agribusiness leader looking for a fresh and exciting challenge and will thrive in this type of setting, contact Dave Allen today.