Operations & Logistics Manager

Type:  Full-Time

Department:   Agronomy

Why Ag Partners?  We are a strong member-owned cooperative serving producers, communities, homeowners and businesses across Southern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Join our growing team!

Eligible employees 18 and older can join the 401(k)-retirement plan and receive company match. Full-Time employees are eligible for profit-sharing, medical, dental, vision, PTO, company paid short- and long-term disability benefits, basic life, and a yearly clothing allowance.

Job Summary:

This position manages the dry fertilizer facility by coordinating and monitoring operations and staff at their location to ensure daily operations run as smoothly as possible. This is not an all-encompassing list of responsibilities and may be assigned other duties based on business needs. Duties and responsibilities may vary based on location.


  • Works closely with location managers, agronomists, and custom applicators to dispatch staff for daily jobs and ensure orders are accurate and efficiently completed.
  • Manage the dry fertilizer facilities’ operational functions, including tender trucks and application equipment. Assure work orders are complete.
  • Ensure clear directions are given to applicators and truck drivers.
  • Work with the Agronomy Manager to promptly resolve customer complaints.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise seasonal agronomy staff.
  • Assist with inventory control by working with others to monitor inventory and communicating
    product needs with procurement.
  • Collaborate with the Safety Director and Shop Manager to implement housekeeping, safety, and equipment maintenance programs to avoid breakdowns and limit safety hazards; identify and correct safety concerns.
  • Coordinate between sales, dispatch, and applicators to ensure the correct products are delivered or applied.
  • Willingness to work with other departments as needed to ensure effective and efficient services
    are delivered to the customer.
  • Maintain knowledge of all relevant regulations; oversee compliance with all applicable
    regulatory agencies (DOT, OSHA, EPA, USDA, etc.).

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational skills; efficient, able to adapt, and prioritize.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and address process inadequacies and
    assist in developing ways to increase efficiency.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills with a positive attitude
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours during busy seasons and as business dictates.
  • High attention to detail and accuracy, with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software and ability to learn internal computer
    software programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team or independently.

Education and Experience:

  • 2+ years of leadership or supervisory experience.
  • Experience in production agriculture and a strong agronomy background is preferred.
  • A 2- or 4-year degree in a related field is preferred but not required.
  • The ability to obtain or maintain a Commercial Pesticide Applicators license is preferred.
  • Previous logistics experience a plus but not required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift and carry heavy materials between (50-100 lbs) occasionally. Ability to
    regularly stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, push and pull.
  • Work conditions may include dust, fumes, moderate to loud noise levels, uneven surfaces, and various heights.
  • Working near moving equipment, outside and inside, and in all weather conditions
  • While performing job duties, one must speak, hear, see, and use hands/fingers to operate a computer and telephone.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and the ability to be licensed as a forklift operator.
  • Travel to other locations.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOT health card, pass pre-employment, and all subsequently required drug screening.