CHS Member Cooperative Career Center

CEO/General Manager - LeRoy Co-op Association, Inc.

Location: LeRoy, Kansas
Date Posted: 11-14-2017
LeRoy Co-op Association, Inc., LeRoy, Kansas, is a very successful three location cooperative located in East Central, Kansas.  LeRoy Co-op is a $50+ million dollar co-op that consists of agronomy, fertilizer facilities, crop protection, custom application, seed, full service grain, feed and two tire shops.  Services include vehicle alignment, brake lathe, grain vac and soil sampling.  Also available for sale are seed, bagged fertilizer, animal health supplies, livestock equipment, twine, oil, pet foods, QLF liquid feed, tires, batteries, and automotive accessories.

Plans, develops, and establishes policies and objectives of the business organization in accordance with Board directives, maintains optimum efficiency and economy of operations by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate managers.  Provides visionary and outstanding leadership to the cooperative.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  (includes the following and other duties may be assigned)
  • Creates a well-thought out vision and plan for the company in coordination with the Board of Directors; constantly provides recommendations to the Board of Directors on how and what needs to occur to ensure the future success of the company.
  • Oversees the overall grain merchandising and management.
  • Oversees the overall management of the agronomy operations including buy and pricing fertilizer and chemicals.
  • Works closely with the customers of the company; seeks out their input and ideas in order to be responsive to their needs.   
  • Takes a team approach with the employees and encourages collaboration and accountability for job performance.  Ensures that the cooperative is properly staffed.  Involved in all hiring and staffing.
  • Takes decisive action in order to ensure the success of the company.
  • Supervises all operations and activities of the company; delegate’s supervision and authority to the appropriate supervisors and managers within the company.
  • Maintain the lowest level of expenses possible, avoid waste and ensure that members and patrons are satisfied with service.
  • Reviews analyses of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine company progress toward stated goals. 
  • Oversee and supervise an effective bookkeeping and accounting system; delegate authority and management duties as needed.  Responsible for preparing monthly financial statements and ensuring the annual audit occurs. 
  • Responsible for the development and presentation of annual budget including anticipated income and expenses. 
  • Determines and presents recommendations for new facility and equipment additions or repairs.
  • Researches new operational methods and ideas that will provide costs savings or benefit the company and its membership.
  • Provide each member of the Board of Directors with an agenda, manager’s report, and financial statement before each regularly scheduled board meeting.
  • Researches new operational methods and ideas that will provide costs savings or benefit the company and its membership.
  • Demonstrate excellent public relations skills by establishing and developing programs that promote the Cooperative to members and industry related organizations and events.
  • Promotes company and branch location employee cohesiveness through effective communication, teamwork and shared services. 
  • Provide excellent customer service by managing difficult or emotional situations; responding promptly to customer needs, and meeting commitments.
  • Effectively communicate by verbal and written means with customers, employees and management.
  • Employee is required to perform all other duties as directed by the Cooperative Board of Directors. 
This position has supervisory responsibilities.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; and/or five to ten years’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Solid understanding of business practices and leadership with a strong background in agriculture.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating instructions, and procedure manuals.  Read, analyze and comprehend technical procedures or governmental regulations. Respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages and ratios.

The ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Intermediate computer skills required; familiar with use of basic computer hardware and able to troubleshoot when it comes to periodic user malfunctions; navigate and successfully use internet browsers, email, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc., necessary.

Valid driver’s license required.

LeRoy Co-op Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salary and benefits.  For more information about the organization and position, please contact Dave Lemmon at or (320) 219-0270.  
Interested applicants should apply online.

Deadline for applications is:  December 22, 2017
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