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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

Logistics Manager

Reports To: Director of Merchandising

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Pay Range: DOE

Summary

Responsible for all the inbound and outbound commodity and product transportation movements, including cost, managing plan inventories and developing and communicating a plan to the production organization while supporting the policies, goals and objectives of the company. This position is located in Brookings, SD. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

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

Product Movements

NovaOil – coordinate with sales group and freight providers the shipment schedule and tracking of railcars and trucks. Ensure adequate supply of inbound railcars and trucks to meet production and inventory targets.

NovaMeal – coordinate with sales group and freight providers the shipment schedule and tracking of railcars and trucks. Ensure adequate supply of inbound railcars and trucks to meet production and inventory targets.

DDGS – coordinate with marketing group, trucking vendors and railroad the inbound shipments of DDGS to meet production and inventory targets.

Transportation Cost

• Manage lease agreements.

• Own all reconciliation on damaged cars.

• Review and optimize leased fleet size.

• Daily review of railcar inventory to ensure fleet velocity meets expectations.

• Ensure plans account for optimum demurrage costs, enforcing demurrage per policy.

• Review all freight payments for accuracy and completeness, address discrepancies quickly.

Plan Development

• Daily – communicate via written plan needs for next day’s shipment schedule.

• Weekly – communicate via written plan next week’s shipment schedule.

Plant Inventories

• Coordinate with director of Merchandising to ensure delivery schedules that optimize DDGS receipts for meeting planned production.

Outbound Disposition for NovaMeal and NovaOil

• Manage schedule through load number assignments and scheduling trucks.

• Coordinate with plant all shipment related plans and concerns.

Trucking and Railroad Firm Relationships

• Single point of contact for both.

• Develop relationships with railroads and key trucking firms, establishing preferred rate structures and priority movements.

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.

o Associates degree from two-year college in a related technical field

o 10 years’ work experience, with minimum 5 years’ experience in managing transportation logistics.

o In-depth knowledge of transportation industry

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: Strong written and verbal skills are important along with the ability to work well in a team. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work across the organization and interact/influence/negotiate effectively at all levels of management is required.

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.

 

Management Skills:

o Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner

o Gathers and analyzes information skillfully, developing alternative solutions when appropriate

o Develops and coordinates project plans, communicating changes and progress

o Manages project team activities

o Displays orientation to profitability, working within approved budget, and developing and implementing cost-saving measures

o Aligns work with strategic goals

o Displays willingness to make decisions, exhibiting sound and accurate judgment, while supporting and explaining reasoning behind decisions

o Includes appropriate people in decision-making process

o Makes timely decisions

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,

• 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 wearing proper respiratory protection,

• 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

Accounting Specialist

Reports To: Plant Accountant

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range: DOE

Summary

This role performs a wide range of accounting, transportation matching and business office tasks as indicated below. This position is located at the Novita Aurora facility, 2 miles east of Brookings, SD. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

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

• Provide support for the Plant Accountant, including purchase orders, accounts receivables, generating various reports, updating files, general accounting tasks,
• Compile and process transactional documents from shipping and receiving for completion in the office to finalize in the accounting system,
• Assist in accounts payable related tasks, such as entering routine payables, and seeking approval and verifications for various company expenses,
• Research accounting discrepancies related to DDGS settlements,
• Balance accrued receipts and purchase order invoices for receipts,
• Track and confirm transportation carriers and rates for inbound and outbound shipments, setting up information in the accounting system to properly accrue the related liability,
• Receive, confirm and process freight invoices,
• Monitor and follow up daily on various internal invoice tracking systems,
• Prepare/Match shipment documents, generate BOL’s,
• Provide general support to the accounting office, including assistance in composing and editing routine and advanced correspondence, following up on outstanding tasks, creating supporting financial schedules and reports,
• Review and act upon mail and email as received in the accounting office,
• Work with and update internal data systems, organize and maintain files,
• Perform well in a fast paced, changing environment,
• Assist with general office duties as needed and serve as a “backup” for certain tasks of the Plant Accountant,
• Assume responsibility for general office tasks as needed in order to facilitate top quality customer service, including but not limited to answering phones, preparing correspondence and participating in meetings as requested.

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 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.
• A two-year degree is required while a four-year degree from an accredited institution is preferred, plus,
• 3 to 5 years’ practical experience in a professional accounting and logistics, transportation or supply chain environment.

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

Computer Skills: Must have proficiency with basic office computer software, e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, email, and internet sites used to manage the business. Specific knowledge and fluency in MS Office Professional and Great Plains is desirable.

Communications: Excellent written and verbal communication skills are important. Perfected grammar skills are essential. Ability to provide respectful and timely customer service to both internal and external customers is required.

Organizational Skills: Maximum attention to detail and heightened organizational skills are paramount. 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. Some local travel may be required. Must have own transportation.

Management Skills: Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize as needed is required.

Special Traits and Characteristics: A high level of professionalism and an appreciation for the confidentiality and sensitivity of information received and handled is key to this position. Must be able to handle time-sensitive materials in a responsible manner, and rely on experience and good judgement to plan and accomplish goals. Ability perform well as a team player while being a self-starter and maintaining a positive attitude is required.

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,

• Occasionally lifting up to 20#,

• Occasionally bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights up to 20#,

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

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 western 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 and 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,
• 5 to 10 years’ practical experience in dairy nutrition and the feed industry,
• 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 or mobile device for long periods of time,
• Driving for long periods of time,
• Navigating in uneven terrain and outdoor elements,
• Occasionally lifting weights 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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