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Shipping & Receiving Operator

Reports To: Shift Supervisor

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $15-$18/hr, DOE DOQ

Summary

Responsible for the safe operation of all equipment in the shipping and receiving areas including weighing systems, loading and unloading equipment. Operators will receive dried distillers grains by rail and truck and ship NovaMeal and NovaOil on trucks and railcars. The team member in this position is responsible for understanding and executing standard operating procedures and is expected to ensure proper response during normal and abnormal operating situations. Additionally, operators are responsible for communicating process events to both supervisors and on-coming shift team members. Novita Nutrition operates on a 24-hour continuous schedule. Team member will work rotating 12 hour shifts and must be able to meet call-in requirements as needed. This position is located at the Novita Aurora plant facility located 2 miles east of Brookings, South Dakota. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Plant Operations

Ability to learn and operate the Distributed Control System (DCS) and other processes associated with the plant operations,

Understand and follow plant operating procedures for the shipping and receiving areas which includes rail car movement and bulk storage operations,

Operate machinery which will include, but is not limited to a front end loader, skid steer, forklift, man lift and rail car mover,

Maintain a clean facility and follow the sanitation schedule completing all tasks as assigned,

Provide a high level of customer service and maintain a professional presence at all times,

Assure timely and accurate daily documentation of all shipping and receiving information is completed and sample results are documented,

Attend and participate in shift exchange meetings at beginning and end of shift with oncoming/outgoing team members of the previous shift events and current process status

Provide knowledge sharing and training with other team members

Perform lockout tag out for permitted work including confined space entries and equipment maintenance and cleaning,

Team member can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.

Environmental, Health & Safety

Participate in all health, safety and environmental programs; maintain self-awareness on safety issues and requirements and report any safety concerns immediately to the EH&S department,

Responsible for notifying management team of environmental, quality and production concerns, problems and opportunities,

Perform all tasks associated with Feed Safety/Quality, assigned or as needed, to meet internal and external requirements relating to the production of safe, quality feed products.

Maintenance

Assist the maintenance department with routine tasks such as completing equipment lubrication PMs, assembling and disassembling equipment,

Learn and utilize CMMS (Centralized Maintenance Management System) to create work requests,

Troubleshoot and diagnose equipment inconsistencies and failures.

 

Education and Pertinent/Proven Experience
The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent required; with an Associate’s degree or higher education preferred. Experience working in a production plant environment is preferred.

Communications: Strong written and verbal skills are important along with the ability to work well in a team.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to establish and maintain inventory tracking systems that are acceptable to management and regulatory agencies. Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills are required.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient with spreadsheet software and have a basic knowledge of word processing software and email.

Certificates and Licenses: None.

 

Work Environment / Physical Requirements
This position operates in a process plant environment with strict safety, regulatory and conduct standards. The individual may be exposed to noise, heat and other elements in outdoor and indoor environments. While performing duties of this position, the individual may be exposed to moving, mechanical parts, dusty conditions, high noise levels and chemicals. Specific physical requirements include:

• Occasionally working in confined spaces,
• Wearing proper respiratory protection,
• Occasionally lifting weight up to 50#,
• Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders,
• Bending, twisting and turning while lifting weights up to 50#,
• Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time,
• Working at heights and temperatures from -20 to 100+ degrees,
• Standing for extended periods of time,
• Working on elevated platforms and surfaces.

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.
Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

Plant Accountant

Reports To: Controller

FLSA Status: Full-Time

Pay Range: DOE

 

Summary

Assists in maintaining records of fiscal and budgetary controls, ledgers, and other transactions, in either direct or indirect support of Controller. Processes routine financial documents and accounting transactions, reconciles accounting records, and analyzes routine accounting data. This position is located at the Novita Aurora plant facility located 2 miles east of Brookings, South Dakota. Complete job description pending.job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

• Maintain accounts and ledgers, including setting up accounts, preparing accounting document batches, printing reports, and preparing trial balances and other financial reports;

• Establish a proficient understanding of the capabilities of the accounting system, and the impact of all other integrated modules, including the scale functionality, purchasing system, sales contracts, and purchasing contracts;

• Assist in the development and maintenance of accounting procedures, internal controls and related documentation;

• Maintain fixed asset accounting system, completing monthly reconciliations and depreciation entries;

• Provide financial leadership for capital projects, including RFE’s and financial analysis, coordinating project completion with proper accounting treatment;

• Coordinate and prepare financial information as necessary for monthly and year end closing and reconciliation;

• In coordination with the plant management, provide direction and assure accuracy of purchase order processing, including proper coding and integration with the accounting system;

• Post routine budget, revenue, expense, and correcting entries in compliance with internal financial control system requirements;

• Complete and review certain ongoing payroll related functions, including general ledger entries;

• Prepare payments to vendors, including both EFT and physical checks, to assure compliance of terms, including freight and DDGS suppliers for final signature and authorization by the Director of Finance & Accounting;

• Establish and maintain supplier accounts, including the collection of W-9s, Certificates of Insurance, and other documents as needed as well as to prepare and distribute 1099’s;

• Balance cash funds and provide reporting as needed to management;

• Responsible for accurate and timely settlement and payment of feed stock (DDGS) receipts into the plant to assure correct accounting of landed costs (freight) per FOB terms;

• Responsible for timely and complete invoicing of shipments to customers, including communication of critical shipping documents;

• Assure timely collection of customer payments and adherence to Company policy;

• Qualify and maintain new customer accounts within Company requirements;

• Balance and reconcile physical inventories of all plant production items, including spare parts inventory;

• Assist and compile supporting schedules and other documents for the annual audit;

• Review purchasing, travel, and expense documents for availability of budgetary funds, mathematical accuracy, coding and distribution of account numbers, and adherence to Novita Nutrition policy; may also originate or prepare these documents, and processes complex invoices for payments;

• Provide timely response to a range of inquiries regarding financial transactions as requested by management;

• Assist in the development and management of budgets, including variance reporting of actual results;

• Compile and distribute periodic financial reports and prepare financial reports as requested by management;

• Supervise and provide direction to department employees;

• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Education and Pertinent/Proven Experience:

• Accounting degree from an accredited college or university;
• 3 to 5 years’ professional experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Knowledge of general accounting principles, accounts payable and accounts receivable procedures and practices, cash management principles, and payroll practices;
• Ability to demonstrate excellent organizational, time management, leadership, problem-solving and communication (oral and written) skills;
• Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations;
• Ability to utilize an integrated accounting system, preferably GP Dynamics;
• Demonstrated ability to prepare financial reports, and/or update financial statements and/or projections;
• Demonstrated skill in budget preparation and fiscal management;
• Proficiency with Excel based spreadsheets.

Work Environment and Physical Conditions:

• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment;
• Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time is required;
• Extended time periods of viewing computer monitors, typing on a keyboard and general computer use is required;
• No or very limited physical effort required;
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk;
• Short-distance driving may be required occasionally.

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.

Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

Electrical & Instrumentation Technician

Reports To: Maintenance Supervisor

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range: DOE

 

Summary

Responsible for the repair and preventative maintenance of the plant equipment, to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, while supporting the policies, goals, and objectives of the company. This position is located at the Novita Aurora plant facility located 2 miles east of Brookings, South Dakota. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
General Maintenance Support:
• Repairs or replaces plant equipment or systems on a scheduled or emergency basis,
• Performs preventative maintenance activities as required,
• Interacts directly with operations to ensure scheduled work can be completed,
• Assists with diagnosing and trouble-shooting maintenance related issues,
• Monitors reliability of equipment,
• Knows and understands city, county, state, and federal regulations relating to maintenance and plant equipment, and work in a safe manner to ensure that these regulations are met at all times,
• Works a schedule that occasionally requires overtime or call-in as required,
• Participates in plant turn-arounds,
• Participates in programs and procedures required to ensure plant cleanliness.
Capital Projects
• Works with Plant Engineer and external contractors to plan, assist and implement installation of new equipment or systems including pulling wire, installing conduit, and heat trace equipment.

Environmental, Health & Safety
• Participates in all health, safety and environmental programs; maintain self-awareness on safety issues and requirements and report any safety concerns immediately to the EH&S department,
• Responsible for notifying management team of environmental, quality and production concerns, problems and opportunities,
• Participates in monthly fire pump system test
• Performs all tasks associated with Feed Safety/Quality, assigned or as needed, to meet internal and external requirements relating to the production of safe, quality feed products.
Education and Pertinent/Proven Experience: The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education: High School diploma or GED required. Two years of experience in electrical or instrumentation maintenance and repair required. Knowledge of electrical circuits and one-line diagrams up to 4160 volts. Knowledge and calibration of level, temperature and pressure transmitters preferred. Understanding of PID loops, PLC/DCS troubleshooting and programming experience is preferred with Delta V equipment. Understanding of electrical one lines, and instrumentation diagrams is preferred. 3-5 years industrial maintenance experience with knowledge of maintenance procedures for pumps, control valves, motors and conveyors preferred. Knowledge of steam systems is a plus. Also, a background in mobile equipment, heavy equipment may be considered.

Communications: Strong written and verbal capabilities required.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to establish and maintain process systems that are acceptable to management and regulatory agencies.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have expertise and proficiency with spreadsheet software and basic knowledge of word processing software plus experience both researching issues and accessing information on the Internet. Previous experience with Computerized Maintenance Management System is a plus.

Certificates and Licenses: Journeyman electrician license and ISA certification preferred.

Work Environment / Physical Requirements

This position operates in a process plant environment with strict safety, regulatory and conduct standards. The individual may be exposed to noise, heat and other elements in outdoor and indoor environments. While performing duties of this position, the individual may be exposed to moving, mechanical parts, dusty conditions, high noise levels and chemicals. Must be willing to work unscheduled shifts not limited to but including working on an on-call schedule and call ins when required. Specific physical requirements include:

• Occasionally working in confined spaces,
• Wearing proper respiratory protection,
• Occasionally lifting weight up to 50#,
• Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders,
• Bending, twisting and turning while lifting weights up to 50#,
• Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time,
• Viewing and working on a computer for periods of time,
• Working at heights and temperatures from -20 to 100+ degrees,
• Standing for extended periods of time,
• Working on elevated platforms and surfaces.
Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.

Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

Technical Services Manager

Reports To: Chief Operating Officer

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Pay Range: DOE, DOQ

Summary

The Technical Services Manager is responsible for supporting the technical needs of customers, nutritionists, the Novita sales team and Value-Added Resellers by utilizing knowledge, expertise, customer feedback, and current research. This position will also focus on supporting add-on sales with existing customers and ensure customer satisfaction by providing product quality information as well as analysis, research and results from research trials and other sources of credible information. Currently Novita Nutrition is looking to expand the Technical Service Manager group into several markets. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Evaluate and communicate the nutritional value of our products and competitive products and application to ruminant animals,

Maintain an understanding of the changes the nutritionist or customer would like to make to their diets and provide best practices advice on transitioning the diet,

Effectively communicate Novita’s product value proposition and its economic benefit to customers,

Work with the Director of Technical Services to stay current on product typical nutrient specifications and provide current ration software feed libraries to nutritionists,

Train and support the sales team with current information on the value of products, how products fit into rations, and applicable nutrition concepts,

Work closely with producers and nutritionists to understand their nutritional needs and struggles,

Suggest solutions and advise customers on best application of company products,

Identify strategic industry leaders, influencers, and organizations, and communicate the value that Novita’s products bring,

Collaborate with Marketing Director and Sales Team to arrive at strategic product positioning and messages to communicate to the field,

Stay current on relevant research and industry trends and bring appropriate information to the Novita Team,

Implement and oversee customer concern process within Microsoft Dynamics CRM,

Make on farm visits to confirm customer satisfaction, take product and TMR samples for analysis,

Support local research trials with universities, 3rd parties and on farm demonstrations,

Enhance the value of Novita by striving for excellence of product and professionalism.

 

Qualifications and Competencies: Following are multiple criteria essential to meeting the requirements of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience: The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• An advanced degree in ruminant nutrition with preference given to PhD; equivalent experience will be considered,
• 5 to 10 years as a practicing dairy nutritionist,
• Experience with product application and sales,
• Experience with applied animal research and product development.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities at this time.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have expertise and proficiency with basic office computer software, e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, email, and internet sites used to manage the business.

Communications: Excellent written and verbal communication skills are important. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to comfortably present information both in-person and remotely, required. Ability to maintain a positive attitude while working collaboratively with others is a must.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to identify, track communications, and execute logistics opportunities. Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills are required.

Certificates and Licenses: A valid driver’s license and favorable driving record are required for this position as both local and out-of-town travel is required on occasion.

Management Skills: Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize as needed is key to this position.

 

Work Environment / Physical Requirements: This position generally operates in an office environment, with occasional exposure to the process plant environment which may include exposure to noise, heat, and other indoor and outdoor environments. Physical requirements include:

• Sitting and working at a desk for extended periods of time,
• Viewing and working on a computer for long periods of time,
• Driving for long periods of time,
• Navigating in uneven terrain and outdoor elements,
• Occasionally lifting up to 20#,
• Occasionally bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights up to 20#,
• Occasionally standing for extended periods of time.

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.
Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

Technical Services Manager – Northeastern U.S.

Reports To: Chief Operating Officer

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Pay Range: DOE, DOQ

Summary

The Technical Services Manager is responsible for supporting the technical needs of customers, nutritionists, the Novita sales team and Value-Added Resellers by utilizing knowledge, expertise, customer feedback, and current research. This position will also focus on supporting add-on sales with existing customers and ensure customer satisfaction by providing product quality information as well as analysis, research and results from research trials and other sources of credible information. This position is located in the northeastern U.S. and will require local and out-of-state travel. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Evaluate and communicate the nutritional value of our products and competitive products and application to ruminant animals,

Maintain an understanding of the changes the nutritionist or customer would like to make to their diets and provide best practices advice on transitioning the diet,

Effectively communicate Novita’s product value proposition and its economic benefit to customers,

Work with the Director of Technical Services to stay current on product typical nutrient specifications and provide current ration software feed libraries to nutritionists,

Train and support the sales team with current information on the value of products, how products fit into rations, and applicable nutrition concepts,

Work closely with producers and nutritionists to understand their nutritional needs and struggles,

Suggest solutions and advise customers on best application of company products,

Identify strategic industry leaders, influencers, and organizations, and communicate the value that Novita’s products bring,

Collaborate with Marketing Director and Sales Team to arrive at strategic product positioning and messages to communicate to the field,

Stay current on relevant research and industry trends and bring appropriate information to the Novita Team,

Implement and oversee customer concern process within Microsoft Dynamics CRM,

Make on farm visits to confirm customer satisfaction, take product and TMR samples for analysis,

Support local research trials with universities, 3rd parties and on farm demonstrations,

Enhance the value of Novita by striving for excellence of product and professionalism.

 

Qualifications and Competencies: Following are multiple criteria essential to meeting the requirements of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience: The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• An advanced degree in ruminant nutrition with preference given to PhD; equivalent experience will be considered,
• 5 to 10 years as a practicing dairy nutritionist,
• Experience with product application and sales,
• Experience with applied animal research and product development.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities at this time.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have expertise and proficiency with basic office computer software, e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, email, and internet sites used to manage the business.

Communications: Excellent written and verbal communication skills are important. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to comfortably present information both in-person and remotely, required. Ability to maintain a positive attitude while working collaboratively with others is a must.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to identify, track communications, and execute logistics opportunities. Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills are required.

Certificates and Licenses: A valid driver’s license and favorable driving record are required for this position as both local and out-of-town travel is required on occasion.

Management Skills: Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize as needed is key to this position.

 

Work Environment / Physical Requirements: This position generally operates in an office environment, with occasional exposure to the process plant environment which may include exposure to noise, heat, and other indoor and outdoor environments. Physical requirements include:

• Sitting and working at a desk for extended periods of time,
• Viewing and working on a computer for long periods of time,
• Driving for long periods of time,
• Navigating in uneven terrain and outdoor elements,
• Occasionally lifting up to 20#,
• Occasionally bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights up to 20#,
• Occasionally standing for extended periods of time.

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.
Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

Process Operator

Reports To: Shift Supervisor

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $19-$24/hr, DOE DOQ

Summary

Responsible for the safe operation of all plant processing equipment including boilers, solvent extraction and pelleting operations. Operators are required to maintain knowledge of the process flow, computerized equipment and be aware of hazards associated with the process. The team member in this position is responsible for understanding and executing standard operating procedures and is expected to ensure proper response during normal and abnormal operating situations. Additionally, operators are responsible for communicating process events to both supervisors and on-coming shift team members. Novita Nutrition operates on a 24-hour continuous schedule. Team member will work rotating 12 hour shifts and must be able to meet call-in requirements as needed. This position is located at the Novita Aurora plant facility located 2 miles east of Brookings, South Dakota. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Plant Operations

Ability to learn and operate the Distributed Control System (DCS) and other processes associated with the plant operations,

Understand and follow plant operating procedures for start-up, shut-down, temporary and emergency operations

Utilize process data, trend analysis and training to monitor, troubleshoot and respond to process conditions to optimize plant operation,

Collect and test samples on all designated product streams and take action based on results when required,

Assure timely and accurate daily documentation of all process information is completed and sample results are documented,

May load and unload bulk chemical trucks while maintaining a high level of safety and customer service,

Attend and participate in shift exchange meetings at beginning and end of shift with oncoming/outgoing team members of the previous shift events and current process status,

Maintain a clean facility and follow the sanitation schedule completing all tasks as assigned,

Provide knowledge sharing and training with other team members,

Perform lockout tag out for permitted work including confined space entries and equipment maintenance and cleaning,

Operate machinery which will include, but is not limited to a front end loader, skid steer, forklift and man lift,

Complete work in a timely, accurate and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments,

Provide a high level of customer service and maintain a professional presence at all times.

Environmental, Health & Safety

Participate in all health, safety and environmental programs; maintain self-awareness on safety issues and requirements and report any safety concerns immediately to the EH&S department,

Responsible for notifying management team of environmental, quality and production concerns, problems and opportunities,

Perform all tasks associated with Feed Safety/Quality, assigned or as needed, to meet internal and external requirements relating to the production of safe, quality feed products.

Maintenance

Assist the maintenance department with routine tasks such as completing equipment lubrication PMs, assembling and disassembling equipment,

Learn and utilize CMMS (Centralized Maintenance Management System) to create work requests,

Troubleshoot and diagnose equipment inconsistencies and failures.

 

Education and Pertinent/Proven Experience
The minimum requirements for education and experience are listed below. Consideration will be given to individuals with an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent required, with an Associate’s degree or higher education preferred. Experience working in a production plant environment required, with previous experience working in a solvent extraction plant preferred.

Communications: Strong written and verbal skills are important along with the ability to work well in a team.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to establish and maintain inventory tracking systems that are acceptable to management and regulatory agencies. Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills are required.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient with spreadsheet software and have a basic knowledge of word processing software and email.

Certificates and Licenses: None.

 

Work Environment / Physical Requirements
This position operates in a process plant environment with strict safety, regulatory and conduct standards. The individual may be exposed to noise, heat and other elements in outdoor and indoor environments. While performing duties of this position, the individual may be exposed to moving, mechanical parts, dusty conditions, high noise levels and chemicals. Specific physical requirements include:

• Occasionally working in confined spaces,
• Wearing proper respiratory protection,
• Occasionally lifting weight up to 50#,
• Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders,
• Bending, twisting and turning while lifting weights up to 50#,
• Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time,
• Working at heights and temperatures from -20 to 100+ degrees,
• Standing for extended periods of time,
• Working on elevated platforms and surfaces.

Qualified candidates please fill out the job application and return to us.
Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

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