Chief Agronomist

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Chief Agronomist

Chief Agronomist Reports To:   Chief Operating OfficerLocation:        Ellensburg, Washington Company Overview:It’s tough to run a business, let alone do so successfully for over 50 years. But a homegrown leading U.S. exporter of hay and straw has managed to do just that. Today’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Anderson, has lead Anderson Hay & Grain through significant growth and industry changes over the last twenty plus years.  The company was originally founded in Ellensburg, Washington, where it is currently headquartered, by his father and grandfather. Through superior products, services and operational excellence, Anderson Hay & Grain has developed a market leadership position and is widely recognized as the largest international supplier of hay worldwide. The company’s roots began by selling hay off the family and neighboring farms to horse owners in the Pacific Northwest, California and Arizona.  The company quickly became recognized for high quality products and services as well as building long term relationships based on reliability and consistency of their products.  In the early 1970’s Mark’s father pioneered the export of hay products from the United States to Japan and opened that market for significant growth.  Under Mark’s current leadership, over the last 25 years, the company has expanded its supply operations to cover 8 western states with three processing plants that utilize the ports of Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Los Angeles and Long Beach.  The company has expanded its export markets to include customers in approximately 3 dozen countries around the world.  It currently generates over 90% of its business from international customers and is one of the top 30 container shippers from the United States. It has built its market leadership position based on three key values: Relationships, Operational Expertise and Reputation.  These values define all key decisions and are the foundation for the company culture. In addition to the growth in supply, processing capacity and customer markets, in the last decade, the company implemented a significant vertical integration strategy and has aggressively moved to farming a substantial portion of its supply of hay products. Through its sister companies it currently manages farming and harvesting operations in six western states.  Within the corporate structure are three additional harvesting & farming companies, Anderson Agri LLC, based in Washington, Anderson Harvesting LLC, based in Oregon and MTA Farms LLC with operations in 5 western states. The cooperative efforts of all entities have resulted in defining import/export standards that mutually benefit both domestic and international agricultural industries. The Position Reporting to the COO, the Chief Agronomist will develop, grow, and maximize yield for company’s raw material input.  As the company enters the next phase of growth, this position will assist to place the company into position to provide product to all of its’ new clients.  Our organization is operating across six Western states, as well as delivering 95% of its product to international clients, consequently the Chief Agronomist must have a strong and diverse set of skills to bring to the position: a vast knowledge of the agriculture industry related to large operations; and the depth to advise his leadership In addition, the Chief Agronomist should be perceived as a credible professional capable of representing the greater organization, and recommending short and long term operational plans to his leadership.  In addition, the successful candidate must possess the ability to interact daily with a wide cross section of employees involved in daily farm operations. The Chief Agronomist will have oversight responsibility across all growing operations within Anderson Hay & Grain to ensure short and long-term profitability from the launch of a new farming ventures up to, and including established operations. Specific ResponsibilitiesDevelop business decisions based off market research dataAnalyze project budgets and develop strategy for efficient implementationExpand operations to maximize opportunityEvaluate and maintain all profits and lossesTravel to all operations proactively and on an as needed basisTrain, support, and provide industry leading leadership skills to all Farm Managers The Person – Qualifications & Experience The Chief Agronomist will have the following qualifications and experiences:A minimum of 10 years of professional experience at well regarded companies. Extensive experience in agribusiness with strong credentials in areas of complete field management, farming, growing, and harvesting in the Western United States.A BS in Agronomy, Agribusiness, or a related field is required.Operational Expertise – The ability to think strategically using sound logic to plan, prepare, and implement business designs while not losing sight of the day to day requirements of large scale farming in multi-state, potentially remote locations.Financial Analysis/Accounting – This position will be responsible for handling large projects and managing these projects within a specific budget. The ability to manage income statements, budgets and information from the market are criticalThe Experience, willingness, and ability to travel regularly.Travel is typically limited to the Western United States, but may extend beyond this region. This person should plan for a minimum of 40% travel during the off season and a maximum of 80% during the growing season. Leadership & Management Behavioral CompetenciesResults Orientation: must be a proven, efficient contributor responsible for setting target goals and meeting them.  Implementing pragmatic and efficient processes for supporting all aspects of a growing international business.Development and growth: ability to create order from rapidly changing demands and situations, capitalizing on new challenges, and push further growth from opportunities.Collaboration: demonstrated by a proven ability to work across divisional and geographic boundaries; can engage with colleagues, motivate others to work with them, and genuinely facilitate active collaboration amongst the entire management team.Strategic ability: proven ability to develop the farming operations and agronomy strategy for a global organization which includes defining priorities for the next 3-5 years and ensuring that the farming strategy relates to the broader business and corporate strategy. The Commitment to Operate With the Utmost Integrity and Highest Ethical StandardsA team player with a high degree of charisma, drive and energy who has the experience and personality to gain the respect of a talented and ambitious group of employees and managers.The Chief Agronomist must not be afraid to “get their hands dirty,” or travel. This individual will work across the different geographic locations as well as moving from office setting to field setting.A mature, confident, and successful operating leader; who is decisive and exhibits a genuine sense of urgency.The ability to focus on the big picture, without losing sight of crucial details.A balanced combination of hands-off and participative management styles.Sound analytical skills with finance, accounting, and budgets.Excellent verbal and written communication skills.A stable personality and balanced demeanor, even at times of high stress.The utmost integrity with the ability to ensure relationships are based on trust.  

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