Crop Specialist – GFS Midwest – Ruthven, IA

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Job Description

GROWMARK FS Midwest is headquartered in Hartley, Iowa with branches across Northwest Iowa and Southeast South Dakota. GROWMARK FS Midwest employs approximately 60 individuals (including seasonal workers) and serves approximately 1,500 customers. GROWMARK FS Midwest offers agronomy, agri-finance, precision agriculture, nutrient management, energy, feed, grain, and turf products and services. GROWMARK FS Midwest is part of the GROWMARK System, an agricultural cooperative with annual sales of $8.5 billion (FY 2018 data) providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services throughout North America. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at www.growmark.com.

PURPOSE AND SUMMARY STATEMENT

Assumes responsibility for developing customers through effective marketing of the following products and services: crops inputs, such as fertilizer, crop protection pesticides, seed products, service income, technical services, and ag-finance program to maximize profitable sales.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Implements marketing plans and develops sales strategies that generate profitable sales in the assigned territory.

Utilizes target marketing and professional sales techniques, including the FS sales interview road map, cropping programs, emphasis of appropriate features and benefits, and contact management system when calling on patrons and prospects.

Develops territory and competitive analysis to maintain a current knowledge of the marketplace and the competition.

Provides value-added agronomic products, services, and recommendations to patrons and prospects.  Schedules product delivery and application to patron locations.  Conducts regular patron meetings on product and technical information.

Provides customer service by using soil testing, crop scouting and other programs, follows up on customer complaints, and seeks a reasonable “win/win” resolution.

Ensures the credit worthiness of customers, quotes prices and credit terms, and prepares sales contracts for orders obtained.  Promotes the use of credit programs as a sales tool and helps provide the required information to establish credit.

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS

Responsible for maintaining the assigned vehicle according to company standards, adheres to the uniform policy, and maintains the appropriate professional image.

Ensures field signs are displayed on all customers’ fields to promote FS products

Responsible for completing and updating profile information sheets on all key accounts and targeted prospects.

Collects for sales of all assigned products according to company credit policy.

Attains and maintains technical and sales skills to certification standards.

Performs all other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

Normally requires a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in agriculture, marketing, or business, or the equivalent thereof, and 2 years or more of related work experience to demonstrate knowledge of production agriculture.

Ability to obtain and maintain the appropriate driver’s license and satisfactory driving record for the type of vehicle that will be required to operate in order to perform all the duties assigned prior to employment. Daily independent travel within the trade area with occasional over-night stays.

Must be able to obtain and maintain applicable professional certifications associated with the agronomy industry. (i.e. CCA, CCS, CPAg, Commercial Applicator w/applicable categories)

Ability and willingness to work extended hours during peak seasons.

Occasionally exposed or required to:

  • Extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, wet, etc.)
  • Noisy conditions
  • Working conditions may include dust, fumes, chemicals, and electrical hazards with appropriate safety measures
  • May be required to work at varying heights
  • Lift 51-75 lbs.

We are an equal opportunity employer, including protected veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities. Employment may be contingent upon receipt of an acceptable and job-related background check, drug test, motor vehicle report, and/or reference check, as applicable and permissible by law.

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