Crop Protection (Specialty) Supply Manager – GROWMARK, Inc. – Bloomington, IL

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Crop Protection (Specialty) Supply Manager – GROWMARK, Inc. – Bloomington, IL

GROWMARK is a regional cooperative with annual sales of $8.5?billion providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK is ranked fourth on the NCB Co-op 100 listing of the nation?s 100 highest revenue-earning cooperative businesses.? GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. GROWMARK is large enough to offer solid career opportunities, but small enough to provide a family-oriented, welcoming environment and great benefits.See what it's like to work at GROWMARK:?? AND SUMMARY STATEMENT Responsible for the procurement, coordination, and supply of speciality, turf, and ornamentals products to meet the demands of the member cooperatives for both the U.S. and Canadian markets. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS Serves as the secondary backup for the Procurement & Operations Manager and collaborates with the Crop Protection Specialty Products Manager to provide outstanding customer service. Responsible for various supply chain aspects of a multi-million dollar Crop Protection business.  Coordinates with various business leaders to identify appropriate supply needs and make effective sourcing decisions.  Utilizes qualified suppliers while implementing technologies, processes, policies and procedures to support an efficient, effective and profitable supply chain process. Maintains and administers the into-stock ordering of crop protection products.  Routinely performs forecasting of product needs at various warehouse locations. Manages Crop Protection supply chain inventories to ensure ample supply of cost competitive product is available to member cooperatives to effectively meet their needs in a consistent manner.  Ensures inventory management is aligned with the department’s and customers’ overall marketing plans and strategies. Monitors and reports warehouse inventory for slow moving and obsolete inventory products.  Monitors, reconciles and manages consignment inventories. Responsible for monitoring and communicating the status of all allocated Crop Protection products to the Crop Protection team and customers.  Provides information to the customers and Crop Protection team regarding alternative products and planning for items that are in short supply. Manages the Crop Protection inventory of the Ontario warehouse.  Collaborates with associated warehouse personnel and Ontario customers to provide a superior level of customer service. Collaborates with Crop Protection Business Manager in identifying and reconciling the receipt of crop protection payments from suppliers, including program payments, and subsequent accurate distribution to proper accounts.  May include working with a Supplier and/or Supplier Account Manager to reconcile any uncovered discrepancies.  Also collaborates with Crop Protection Business Manager to establish Pre-Pay potentials with Suppliers. Collaborates with the Logistics Department to ensure that delivery and order service programs are efficient and economical for GROWMARK as well as member cooperatives. Collaborates with Order Processing Services (OPS) to investigate and bring resolution to Supplier invoice discrepancies. Coordinates and administers the reporting of GROWMARK System inventories to suppliers, according to the specific inventory protection programs maximizing available inventory protection dollars. OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS Coordinates with the Crop Protection Management Team to provide 24-hour assistance available to members during the AG chemical busy season.  This includes weekend and evening coverage on a revolving basis. Prepares inventory, purchase, sales and other reports as requested. Follows GROWMARK’s Code of Conduct and Corporate Compliance Program, Environmental Health and Safety, OSHA and DOT policies and procedures, as they apply. Performs all other duties as assigned. REQUIREMENTS Normally requires a college degree in marketing or business-related field, or the equivalent thereof, and 4 years or more of related work experience to demonstrate the ability to provide crop protection supply leadership to the GROWMARK System. Must have a thorough understanding of the crop protection business.  Must have a basic understanding of crop related areas such as marketing, products, price strategy, competitive adeptness, negotiation and resource optimization. Demonstrates essential abilities including business knowledge, collaboration, communication, customer focus, decision making and skill development. Must have a valid driver’s license and passport with the ability to work extended hours and travel independently overnight. Ability and willingness to participate in required training that may include education on GROWMARK’s policies and procedures and additional training as it relates to the requirements of the position. 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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