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Shipping & Receiving Operator

Reports To: Shift Supervisor

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $17-$20/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 Engineer

Reports To: Plant Manager

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Pay Range: DOE, DOQ

Summary

Work closely with Operations Team to optimize product quality, production rates, yield and plant efficiency; implement capital projects and own Process Safety Management Program. job application

Responsibilities & Experience

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

Facility Engineering and Construction

  • Manage and coordinate contracted work to implement Capital Projects as necessary. This includes safe work, quality of installed product, adherence to engineering specifications and engineering input to design issues.
  • Complete assigned pre-startup plan actions, including developing Process Safety Management Program and documentation, supporting regulatory program and commissioning / startup plan development.
  • Develop and oversee Performance Test plan, including environmental documentation and testing requirements.
  • Coordinate with production staff for requiring any facility outage or extra operations staffing to complete project and implement.
  • Develop scope of work and budget through phase implementation project development process.
  • Identify facility projects to increase efficiencies, improve safety, decrease working capital costs, and improve yields.

Plant Operations

  • 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.
  • Facility Optimization by working with the Operations Team to optimize plant operations using historical data, determining operating parameters/procedures and operator knowledge.
  • Identify bottlenecking areas throughout plant, devise a solution to the bottleneck and implement.
  • Focus on oil yields, shrink, energy efficiencies and product loss improvements through using a systematic means of approach method.
  • Be the Subject Matter Expert on the plant process controls system – modifying control logic, tuning loops, utilizing advanced process control functions, developing reports, trends, and graphics to support operational needs.
  • Recommend technology improvements and develop scope / payback for said recommendations.
  • Lead Process Improvement Projects through means of Continuous Improvement Methods.
  • Balance safe operations, product quality, production rates, yields and efficiencies.
  • Lead site’s OSHA’s Process Safety Management Program.
  • Support troubleshooting efforts for production issues.
  • Backfill manager roles at times due to workload, absences, and vacations.
  • Own Process Safety Management Program by ensuring facility is adhering to all 14 elements of the PSM program.
  • Support plant shutdown planning processes and work execution assignments.
  • Participate in off-hours on-call program thru scheduled rotational assignments.

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’s degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering and 3-7 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience in hexane extraction process plant required.

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 issues and accessing information on the Internet. Specific knowledge of grain management software and systems is desirable.

Certificates and Licenses: None.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Carries out supervisory responsibilities within the operations area as assigned 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. 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

Scale Operator

Reports To: Shipping & Receiving Supervisor

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range: DOE DOQ

Summary

Scale Operator is responsible for proper documentation of incoming feedstock and outgoing NovaMeal shipments. Must be able to provide administrative and general Shipping & Receiving support. The Scale Operator will support all policies, goals, and objectives of the company, and will represent the company in a knowledgeable and professional manner. 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. 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.

  • Maintain the Shipping & Receiving office area in a clean and presentable manner. Remove clutter and grain dust to promote a better work environment.
  • Perform all weighing and grading functions in the scale house.
  • Manage the Compuweigh System for processing shipments and ticket entry.
  • Transfer grain and shipment tickets on a timely basis. Complete and maintain appropriate documents such as Bills of Lading, Scale Tickets, etc.
  • Provide a high level of professionalism and customer service.
  • Communicate scale truck movement with necessary plant personnel.
  • Assist with Bills of Lading, Scale Tickets, and other discrepancies in a timely manner to resolve the issue.
  • Assure timely and accurate daily documentation of all shipping and receiving information is completed, documented, and stored.
  • Timely collects, documents, labels and routes product samples and results.
  • 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.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

 

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. The ideal individual for this role will have experience or interest in agricultural office and scale operations, demonstrating a desire to utilize skills to positively impact the company and customers.

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

Communications: Strong written and verbal presentation capabilities, with the ability to communicate effectively with customers, clients, and plant personnel.

Organizational Skills: High skill level and experience to establish and maintain tracking and proper documentation of paperwork that exceed expectations of 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 Microsoft Excel, CompuWeigh Grain Management System.

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 heat, cold, dusty conditions, and high noise levels.  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

Regional Account Manager (Wisconsin)

Reports To: VP of Sales and Merchandising

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Pay Range: DOE, DOQ

Summary

The Regional Account Manager is responsible for managing customer accounts to increase product volume sales and value as well as supporting the needs of customers, nutritionists, and resellers by utilizing knowledge, expertise, customer feedback, and current research. This position will focus on showing customers how Novita’s branded product, NovaMeal®, brings economic value from income over feed to improve their business economics. NovaMeal is a bypass protein for the dairy market. They will provide service and support to ensure customers success and satisfaction. The account manager would also be a resource by providing product nutritional and quality information as well as analysis, research and results from research trials and other sources of credible information. This position is located in the Upper Midwestern 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.

  • Learn NovaMeal’s value proposition, technical attributes, and sales tools to effectively communicate the economic benefits to customers,
  • Develop close working relationships with customers, nutritionists, and resellers to ensure they have a good understanding of our product(s) nutritional profile, and economic value they provide, to grow Novita’s business and economic return,
  • Attend tradeshows, nutrition conferences and meetings as defined by the sales management,
  • Work with nutritionists and customers on ration formulations to help them make changes to their diets and provide best practice advice on transitioning the diet
  • Close on sales opportunities, write up sales agreements and submit to sales administration at the end of each day,
  • Involve Novita’s Director of Technical Services on technical formulation challenges, answer nutritionist questions, and troubleshoot challenges,
  • Make on-farm visits to confirm customer satisfaction, take product and TMR samples for analysis, if needed,
  • Maintain nutritionist, customer profiles and communication information as well as sales opportunity information within Novita’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system,
  • Enter customer concerns and product issues into Novita’s CRM system and work with company personnel to resolve issues in a timely fashion,
  • 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 the sales and marketing team to improve product positioning and messages for direct marketing, social media, and traditional media,
  • Stay current on relevant research and industry trends and bring appropriate information to the Novita Team,
  • Enhance the value of Novita by striving for excellence of product and professionalism,
  • Utilize best practices in customer retention tactics to keep and maintain lasting relationships with customers,
  • All other duties as defined.

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 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.

  • A degree in agricultural business, dairy or animal science, with experience with ruminant nutrition,
  • 3+ years’ practical sales experience with dairy nutrition products or the animal feed industry,
  • Experience with applied animal research and product development,
  • Experience selling a branded product is helpful.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities presently.

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.  A preference will be provided to those candidates with nutritional modelling software experience.

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 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: $20-$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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