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

Shipping & Receiving Operator

Reports To: Shift Supervisor

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $16-$19/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

Maintenance Planner

Reports To: Maintenance Supervisor

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt


Summary

Maintenance Planner will create maintenance job plans, manage warehouse inventory and relational ties to equipment, order materials and manage implementation of mechanical integrity program via computerized maintenance management system and provide general maintenance support. This position is located at the Novita Aurora facility, 2 miles east of Brookings, SD and typically operates in a Monday-Friday work week.   job application

Responsibilities & Experience

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

Plant Operations

Planning Activities

    • Responsible for job plans/tasks in CMMS database,
    • Develop and communicate work scope for planned corrective and preventative maintenance tasks that involve multi-crafts,
    • Work with Maintenance Supervisor to identify contract support as needed to complete planned corrective and preventative maintenance tasks,
    • Identify vendor resources and delivery capabilities for parts and materials,
    • Ensure that PM’s are issued, tracked and completed per compliance requirements,
    • Develop, maintain and publish reports for planning and scheduling activities,
    • Manage warehouse inventory levels for optimal plant reliability and cost.
    • Ensure compliance to applicable SOP’s,
    • Provide daily procurement support of parts and supplies for maintenance and production customers where applicable.

    Scheduling Activities:

    • Schedule and coordinate maintenance activities between manufacturing operations, maintenance and contract personnel,
    • Maintain and publish maintenance schedule according to priority and resource availability,
    • Arrange for and schedule contract support as needed to complete corrective and preventative tasks,
    • Orchestrate scheduling meetings for manufacturing operations and maintenance resource coordination.

    Maintenance Activities:

    • Perform general maintenance activities as needed to support corrective and preventive requirements.

    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.

     

    Other required activities

      • Maintain supplier data base with vendor data and best sources for pricing and/or delivery,
      • Assist with resolving invoicing issues with Accounts Payable when appropriate,
      • Recognize, develop, and implement opportunities for cost and risk reduction; improved methods, identifying adverse trends, etc.
      • Adheres to all applicable procedures, company policies and any other quality or regulatory requirements,
      • All other duties 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.

    Education: Technical degree in an associated field such as engineering, agriculture or mechanics, with 2-5 years of experience in maintenance environment.

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

    Organizational Skills: High level skill and experience to establish and maintain inventory and maintenance tracking systems 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 word processing software plus experience both researching issues and accessing information on the Internet. Experience with CMMS system is a plus.

    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. 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.

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

Director of Technical Services

Reports To: Chief Executive Officer

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt


Summary

The Director of Technical Services is responsible for all technical aspects of company products. This is a Novita management position which support the needs of customers, nutritionists, sales team, and Value-Added Resellers (VAR) 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 at the Novita office in Brookings, SD. The position requires 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 current product and competitive products and be able ensure NovaMeal® application to ruminant animals is pre-eminent to other competing proteins;
  • Effectively communicate Novita’s product value proposition and its economic benefit to customers;
  • Work closely with key large customers and nutritionists to understand their nutritional needs and opportunities to improve their income over feed costs;
  • Be responsible for all product technical aspects of the business;
  • Lead product development by formulating new products which provide incremental economics to the business and lead the roll-out of approved new product line extensions;
  • Manage all aspects of existing and future research and development, 3rd parties’ trials and on-farm demonstrations;
  • 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;
  • Manage company technical services and product R&D staff to stay current on all aspects of company technical support to advance sales and customers’ success with company products including specifications, competitive analysis, research, ration software characterization validations, revising and distributing feed libraries, etc.;
  • Train and support the sales team with current information on the value of products, how products fit into rations, and applicable nutrition concepts;
  • Hold training webinars for customers, nutritionist, and VARs;
  • Suggest solutions and advise customers on best applications of company products;
  • Identify strategic industry leaders, influencers, and organizations and communicate the value that Novita’s products provide;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Marketing and the sales team to arrive at strategic product positioning and messages to communicate to the field;
  • Stay current on relevant industry 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 key accounts to confirm customer satisfaction;
  • Enhance Novita’s value by striving for excellence of product and professionalism of the team.

 

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.

  • 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: Technical Services and Research and Development Managers.

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 attain a goal while maintaining 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: Results driven, ability to manage multiple projects, ability to insure accountability on himself and drive goals within an engaged team with 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 and travel 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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