Purina Animal Nutrition Feed Sales Livestock Production Specialist – Dairy
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. With an uncompromising commitment to animal excellence, Purina Animal Nutrition conducts industry-leading R&D initiatives that create and sustain a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Species served by Purina Animal Nutrition include both large and small animals, including cattle, horses, swine, chickens, hamsters, gerbils and rabbits. Headquartered in Shoreview, Minn., Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land OLakes, Inc.
Position Purpose:The Livestock Production Specialist
Dairy position is responsible to sell feed and all related products in a consultative manner to improve Dairy Producer bottom line performance. The main focus will be working with dairy producers on their lactating cows diets, optimizing milk production efficiency and herd health. This is to be done in a manner that will grow the cooperative/dealer's market share and profitability, improve the cooperative/dealer's efficiency, help achieve the cooperative/dealer's mission and goals, and result in outstanding customer service. Skills:
Required (Basic) Experience & Education: Bachelor's degree in Ag related field or equivalent experience. Candidate should have a good understanding of dairy husbandry, current management practices, and nutritional guidelines.
Required Competencies & Other Skills: Successful candidate should be competent to have basic command of nutritional and management recommendations to livestock owners in the market. There is a requirement of excellent verbal and written communication skills, focus, along with strong organization and time management skills. Success in this position requires cold calling, high internal drive, a natural ability for relationship building, and leadership in a team environment. Computer skills, including in MS Office, necessary for success. Requires the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
Preferred Experience & Education: Preferred candidates will have minimum of 3 years of experience with a Dairy emphasis, proven track record of growing and maintaining a customer base of dairy herds. Experience as a Dairy herd manager, or related position is favored also.
Preferred Competencies & Other Skills: Experience with ration balancing software, Dairy Comp, PC Dart, etc, with 3 or more years of experience in industry.
Percentage of Travel: 15% over night travel, in addition to daily travel in the assigned geography.
EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled. Land OLakes, Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.