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Novita Aurora | 47491 213th Street | Aurora, SD 57002

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

Operations Coordinator

Reports To: Plant Manager

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Pay Range: DOE, DOQ

 

Summary

Operations Coordinator will provide daily assistance in plant operations while working alongside shift supervisors. Active participation in development of key programs that will allow for stable operations and continuous improvement. Work individually and as part of a team to uphold plant production and individual responsibilities. This position is located at the Novita Aurora facility, 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

• Assist plant staff in operations of running facility 24/7.
• Assist in developing training program with management staff from training materials to record keeping.
• Assist plant manager in scheduling of plant downtime/outages.
• Assist in development of Novita Best Practice Standards for operations. Create document control hierarchy for storage, updating and distribution of documents.
• Maintain and improve current facility operations through goals on product quality, process optimization, and energy efficiency
• Available to participate in management on call rotation.
• Participate in optimization of plant processes and debottlenecking studies.
• Participate in cause analysis investigations.

Quality Assurance

• Validate quality processes to ensure established product specifications and quality attributes are met or exceeded, document evidence, updates quality assurance procedures
• Maintain and improve product quality by completing product, company, system, compliance and surveillance audits, investigate customer concerns, collaborate with other members of the team to develop new processes and training methods
• Ensure Lab tech is doing this: Inspect, clean, repair and maintain all plant lab equipment according to manufacturers’ recommendations and internal plans
• Meet quality assurance financial objectives by estimating requirements, preparing an annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances and initiating corrective actions
• Select 3rd Party testing facilities, ensure that methods used are correct, and data is managed properly
• Serve as PCQI for FSMA programs

Quality Control

• Analyze samples for moisture, fat, protein and other components using NIR, wet chemistry and combustion techniques as applicable using standard AOAC test methods utilizing best laboratory practices
• Prepare quality documentation and reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing information and trends including failed processes, stability studies, recalls, corrective actions and revalidations
• Maintain laboratory data for internal and external testing. Provide access and reporting as needed to support operational, customer and business needs

Site Capital Projects

• Assist plant engineer in capital project execution processes utilizing a phased project implementation approach.
• Create project scope of work, budgets and schedules for implementation of assigned projects.
• Manage contractors on site for assigned capital projects.
• Work through vendors to obtain competitive quotes on equipment and labor.
• Perform payback calculations to have deliverables available for key stakeholder meetings.

Plant Leadership Team Member

• Perform all job duties and challenge others to perform in a safe manner, comply with all regulatory requirements and continually challenge performance to get to the next level for long term profitability of the business.
• Contribute suggestions to improve safe work practices throughout facility
• Enhance department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests, exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
• Train and support evaluation of operators by providing feedback directly and through supervision on their performance.
• Backfill production supervisory roles at times due to workload, absences and vacations.

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: Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering field such as chemical, industrial or mechanical engineering is preferred with 3 to 5 years of related experience in an agricultural processing environment.

Communications: Strong written and verbal presentation capabilities, with the ability to make presentations to Board of Directors, Senior Management, investors, lenders, producers, customers and other groups including plant tours.

Organizational Skills: Skill and experience to establish and maintain inventory tracking 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 primary literature and accessing information on the Internet.

Certificates and Licenses: None required. OSHA 10 or OSHA 30 preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities: May have supervisory responsibilities within the facility in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Participate with interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

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
• Working at heights and temperatures from -20 to 100+ degrees
• Standing for extended periods of time
• Working on elevated platforms and surfaces
• Working with waste water

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

Email or Phone: (605) 610-1026

NovaMeal Regional Sales Manager

Roles open in the following regions: West Texas/New Mexico, Central Valley – California, Northeast, Midwest (ideally in SD/MN)

Reports To: Director of NovaMeal Sales and Nutrition Services

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Pay Range: DOE, DOQ

Summary

Generate demand and close sales of NovaMeal to meet annual volume and value goals by building and maintaining relationships with sales leads.  This position is located in assigned region.  job application

Responsibilities & Experience

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

  • Develop and maintain customer relationships with dairy producers, nutritionists and 3rd party resellers. Leverage Director in support of nutritionist conversations.
  • Ability to learn, understand and communicate NovaMeal™ value proposition to sales prospects and work with internal resources to resolve any conflicts that may arise,
  • Maintain customer leads and accounts in Microsoft Dynamics CRM program, providing clear documentation of contact and status,
  • Initiate, negotiate and agree on terms of sale contracts, such as price, quantity, transportation, timing and payment that lead to highest netbacks on sales,
  • Ensure thorough and accurate follow-up, execution, and closure of all contracts,
  • Support account receivables and collections as necessary,
  • Provide timely and effective communication and interaction with other Novita teams such as sales, transportation and logistics, customer service, quality assurance, plant personnel, engineers, and accountants,
  • Analyze supply and demand, survey market conditions, and other economic forces in order to maintain and grow Novita’s position in the market place,
  • Make occasional visits to customers and prospects.

Key Capabilities for Success

  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills,
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills, even when outcome is uncertain,
  • Comfortable taking and managing risks and challenging the status quo,
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; strong persuasion and negotiation skills,
  • Effective interpersonal skills; working in a team environment,
  • Motivated and driven to succeed,
  • Adaptable, flexible and able to work in a fast paced, price-volatile, changing environment,
  • Work independently, setting own priorities and desire to achieve success under time constraints.

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.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in an Agriculture or Business-related field is preferred with 2 to 5 years of sales related experience in dairy related industry.

Communications:  Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with end-users, channel partners and internal customers via solid interpersonal communications (verbal and written) is required.  Strong negotiation skills are essential.

Organizational Skills:  Skill and experience to establish and maintain clearly documented notes and contracts is required.

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.  Knowledge or Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a plus.

Certificates and Licenses: Valid driver’s license is required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  None

 

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,
• Navigating in uneven terrain and outdoor elements,
• Occasionally lifting up to 20#,
• Occasionally bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights up to 20#,
• Occasionally climbing several flights of stairs and ladders,
• Occasionally working in confined spaces or on elevated platforms and surfaces,
• 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

Director of NovaMeal Sales & Nutrition Services

Reports To: Chief Operating Officer

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Pay Range: DOE, DOQ

Summary

Responsible for meeting sales goals (value and volume) in assigned region by leading a sales staff and 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.  job application

Responsibilities & Experience

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

  • Evaluate and communicate the nutritional and economic value of NovaMeal and competitive products and application in ruminant animals to potential customers
  • Train, support and drive accountability with the sales team thru current information on the value of products, how products fit into rations, and applicable nutrition concepts to meet sales targets,
  • Maintain an understanding of the changes the nutritionist or customer could make to their diets by best incorporating NovaMeal and provide best practices advice on transitioning the diet,
  • Work with the Director of Technical Services to stay current on product typical nutrient specifications and provide current ration software feed libraries to nutritionists,
  • 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,
  • Utilize CRM for all customer communications, including 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:  Bachelor’s degree in an Agriculture or Business-related field is preferred with 2 to 5 years of sales related experience in dairy related industry.

  • An advanced degree in ruminant nutrition,
  • 5 to 10 years’ practical sales experience in dairy nutrition and the feed industry,
  • Experience with applied animal research and product development,

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.

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.

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.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position will have Sales Manager and/or Customer Service positions reporting to it.

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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