Shop 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! 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:

This is a full-time position. Regular hours are 8am-5pm (or similar) during the slow season, extended hours may be necessary during peak times and as business dictates. This individual will oversee shop employees- scheduling, assigning daily tasks, providing feedback, coordinating maintenance and repairs to a variety of equipment. This is not an all-encompassing list of duties; other duties may be added as needed with business need.


  • Providing maintenance (scheduled and emergency) to a variety of equipment. This includes LP and Fuel Trucks, Feed Trucks, Semis- Tractors and Trailers, Agricultural Equipment, etc.
  • Promote safety in the workplace; identify and communicate workplace hazards promptly, correcting unsafe conditions or actions as able.
  • Maintain a clean and organized work environment.
  • Monitor department expenses, keeping in line with budgets and company goals.
  • Set up and monitor plant and equipment maintenance schedules, adhering to corresponding deadlines.
  • Respond to, assess, and diagnose equipment breakdowns, contacting service technicians as needed.
  • Maintain inventory records on repairs made and parts ordered; maintain and order parts as needed.
  • Oversee shop employees, assigning daily tasks, developing schedules, following up on tasks.
  • Assessing work performance, identifying area needing improvement.
  • Identifying and resolving inadequacies in processes; assist in developing ways to increase efficiency.
  • Ensure timely and accurate communication with management, department leads, operators, dealerships, and service technicians, etc.
  • Complete tasks in a timely manner.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Strong mechanical ability: able to perform and diagnose basic mechanical repairs and maintenance, troubleshooting; previous use of diagnostic equipment required.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with trucks (diesel and gas) and heavy agricultural equipment; operation, maintenance needs, and repairs.
  • Knowledge of chemicals, fertilizer, etc. used within the company, handling and cleaning procedures, PPE requirements, dangers of, etc.
  • Welding & fabrication as part of the maintenance and repair processes above.
  • Excellent leadership skills and positive attitude; self-motivated and punctual.
  • Excellent capability to praise, motivate and lead technicians.
  • High level of organization, efficiency, and the ability to adapt, prioritize and delegate.
  • High attention to detail with a high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to work in a team or independently, multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and ability to accept responsibility and accountability for job performance.
  • Ability to create and develop effective working relationships with employees having varying personalities, being a team player.
  • Delivering feedback to employees positively and constructively; both verbal and written, in a timely manner.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Versatile, flexible, and a willingness to do what is needed to complete tasks.
  • Ability and willingness to work early mornings/evenings and weekends during the busy season and as business dictates.


  • Previous supervisory experience is required.
  • Valid driver’s license; CDL preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to perform heavy work by lifting 50 to 100 pounds occasionally, 25 to 50 pounds frequently, and 10 pounds constantly.
  • Work conditions may include dust, fumes, moderate to loud noise levels, uneven surfaces, various heights.
  • While performing the duties of the job, it is required to speak, hear, see, and use hands/fingers to operate a computer and telephone, assemble, grasp, move, and control large and small objects.
  • Ability to regularly stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, push and pull.
  • Use computers, telephones, basic office equipment, power equipment, hand tools, etc.