Chemical & Liquid Plant Lead

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! This position has above industry standard wages, plus overtime during the peak season, and bonus potential.

All 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:

The position oversees Ag Partners’ chemical and liquid fertilizer inventory and delivery within this territory by having effective and timely communication with other managers, teammates, and vendors. They act as a leader to guide and support this process to fulfill customer orders. This is not an all-encompassing list of responsibilities and may be assigned other duties based on business needs.


  • Lead chemical and liquid fertilizer inventory operations.
  • Oversee loading dock functions associated with incoming and outgoing bulk and package chemical and liquid fertilizer deliveries.
  • Work with staff to complete chemical, fertilizer, and seed deliveries.
  • Act as a backup seed treater and maintain a seed treater’s license.
  • Have a basic working knowledge of liquid flow.
  • Maintain knowledge of all relevant regulations and oversee compliance with applicable regulatory agencies (DOT, OSHA, EPA, USDA, etc.).
  • Oversee facility upkeep and maintenance.
  • Collaborate with others to organize the warehouse, upkeep the seed-treating equipment, daily housekeeping measures, and support safety efforts.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, customers, other locations, and all levels of management and within a timely manner.
  • Cross-trains to support department duties to fill in other roles if/when needed.
  • Promote safety in the workplace; identify and communicate workplace hazards promptly, correcting unsafe conditions or actions as able. Follow all PPE and safety guidelines.
  • Identify and resolve inadequacies in processes; assist in developing ways to increase efficiency.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • A working knowledge of basic agronomy products and services is preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge in automation software or willingness to learn and become a proficient user in these programs.
  • Ability to work long hours during the spring and fall season, including evening and weekend hours, as business dictates.
  • Ability to produce high-quality, accurate work and meet relevant deadlines while managing multiple priorities.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team or independently.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong leadership skills with a positive attitude
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience in production agriculture with an agronomy background is preferred.
  • A 2- or 4-year degree in a related field is preferred but not required.
  • Have a valid Class D driver’s license and the ability to obtain and maintain a Class A CDL. Travel to other locations
  • Able to be licensed as a forklift operator.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to perform heavy work by lifting 75 pounds occasionally, 50 pounds frequently, and 10 pounds constantly. Must also be able to regularly stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, push and pull.
  • Working conditions may include dust, fumes, moderate to loud noise levels, uneven surfaces, and various heights.
  • Work 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.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment and all subsequently required drug screens.