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Grain Originator & Logistics Manager

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Job Title: Grain Originator & Logistics Manager
Location: Downers Grove, IL, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: The Scoular Company
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Commodities and Trading
Career Type: Merchandiser/Trader/Broker
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: N/A
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An employee-owned company with more than $4 billion in sales, Scoular employs more than 1,000 people in over 100 offices and facilities in North and South America, and Asia. For over 125 years, feed and food customers have been counting on Scoular to create safe and reliable supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients around the globe.
The Grain Originator & Logistics Manager will be responsible for grain origination and logistics management within the Specialty Grains Group.  The position will manage current producers and initiate new producer contact in support of the origination program. The position  will manage logistics and in particular, the IP barge program and assist in the container export program. The Originator  will be responsible to assist the Business Unit Manager and other Merchants in improving the business unit operational efficiency.  The position  will also be expected to understand and utilize the information in the accounting system reports and provide useful feedback which will allow the business to grow and improve efficiency.
Job Responsibilities
  • Responsible for communicating with producers and other suppliers, managing contracts, pricing contracts and deploying Scoular apps and other technology resources in support of the Specialty Grain origination program. Work with IT to create and deploy new means to interact with producers and truckers. This position is responsible for setting origination prices at various transload sites and posting prices on Scoular's web site and other means. Providing crop updates throughout the growing season.  Conduct farmer meetings and other events in support of the business.  Support Scoular's wider origination program and in particular the Andres origination program.
  • Responsible for overseeing logistics and CIF position. Manage each truck to barge transload site and coordinate with 3rd party river transload facilities.  Being present on site to weigh, grade, and manage transload at various facilities. Scheduling trucks, purchasing barges, managing barge placement, and managing testing supplies & equipment.  Setting CIF prices with customers.  Constant communication with required parties. Assist in container scheduling and logistics management including making new bookings and maintaining communication with drayage trucks. 
  • Assist Merchant Assistants with truck and barge settlements and problem solving with customers. Assist Business Unit Manager in the preparation of P&L estimates, forecasts, and budgeting. Work with company controllers. Provide useful feedback to the Business Unit Manager which will help grow the business and improve efficiency.
  • Assist with daily futures and cash position management. Comply with company policies and procedures always. Make suggestions for improving operational efficiency and implement recommended change as needed.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Possess a strong interest in production agriculture
  • College degree or equivalent industry experience
  • Possess good communication, problem solving and sales skills
  • Customer service skills and positive, persuasive, and credible attitude
  • Demonstrated PC literacy and ability to utilize standard office systems
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong mathematical and analytical ability
The Scoular Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job Post Date: 03/26/19
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