Sales Agronomist – Retail – MS, AR, LA
Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals that solve nature's challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses, and specialty plant nutrition minerals that improve the quality and yield of crops. The company produces its minerals at locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil and the U.K. Though the company s history stretches back as far as 1844, Compass Minerals became a public company in December 2003. The company is part of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, the Russell 1000 Index and Named one of Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America in 2015 and 2016, Compass Minerals mission is to be the best essential minerals company by delivering safely where and when it matters. Compass Minerals is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values the diversity of the people and communities around us and where employees can thrive and deliver high-performing, sustainable organizational success. Our focus on diversity and inclusion is grounded in our company s Core Values and is explicitly demonstrated in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining diverse employees with the necessary skills to shape an inclusive organization. We especially strive to hire, retain and promote employees with a diversity of attributes, backgrounds, experiences and skills, who think differently, have varying perspectives and can bring forward unique ideas and points of view. Summary: The person in this position is responsible for the retail sales activities of Compass Minerals portfolio of Plant Nutrition products within the assigned territory. This is a technical sales position. The ideal candidate will have experience selling specialty value added plant nutrition products, a strong agronomy background, and have a solid understanding of plant nutrition.Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: (Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time.)Retain and grow Compass Minerals retail customer base and establish sustainable key relationships with retailers, distribution, growers/end-users, and industry within assigned territoryConsistently meets or exceeds sales objectives consistent with regional and company financial objectivesDevelops, implements, updates and reports on sales and marketing plans for the territory including planning, promotions, equipment strategies and budget preparationActively employ a customer segmentation strategy to execute customer development activities required to achieve growth targets, increase revenue and maximize marginCollaborate with the Regional Agronomist in developing and managing research and field trials focused on key crops and geographies.Identify dealer and grower education program needs. Participate in development and execution of education programs.Utilize innovative communication tools to improve grower awareness of Compass Minerals product line, which includes Sulfate of Potash, Wolf Trax nutrition products, ProAcqua and additional products in development for growers and dealers.Establish customer contact plans at both management and field sales levels as guided by business results. This includes frequency, type of communication, etc.Actively implement and promote marketing programs and incentives for Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition portfolio of products.Assist in planning and forecasting product movement to facilitate the SOIP and demand planning process. Communicate effectively using Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)Ability to prepare PowerPoint presentations and comfortable with public speaking and making PowerPoint presentations to retailers, distribution, growers/end-users, and industrySupports internal database development through CRM (Contact Relationship Management) software. Identify and provide feedback on product improvement and new product development opportunities consistent with customer needsProvide market intelligence from within the territoryPerform all duties with the highest level of integrity.Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and Experience: Requires a Bachelor s degree in Agronomy and 4-8 years of proven success as a sales agronomistProven track record of meeting and exceeding sales objectives as a sales agronomist for high value specialty productsDemonstrated superior territory sales and management skills and expertise Has consistently developed and executed plans to maximize sales potentialSalesforce.com experience preferred.Travel: Must be able to travel 50-60% of the time with overnight stays. Clear driving record required. This region will cover MS, AR, LA.Compass Minerals is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or other group status protected by Federal, State, or local laws.If interested and qualified, please apply online at www.CompassMinerals.comApply for this job.