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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Marshall, Minnesota

Location: Marshall, Minnesota
Date Posted: 04-16-2019
Ag Plus Cooperative, headquartered in Marshall, Minnesota offers Agronomy, Energy and Retail products and services through its network of locations in Marshall, Slayton, Ivanhoe, Canby, Minneota, Ghent and West Branch, Hendricks.
To be the trustworthy provider of quality products and services which enhance value to our patrons while generating local profit and securing patron equity.
Position Description:
The CEO will be responsible for implementing best professional management practices while maximizing profitability within the bounds of the overall strategic plan of the business. Key metrics are sales and profit. He or she must be comfortable being an agent of change and challenging the status quo.
  • Best retail practices include a broad range, including buying and merchandising, receiving, inventory management, sales and marketing strategies, and tactics. 
  • Professional management practices include building a high energy, motivated, and capable team, and providing the leadership, training, and mentoring necessary to enable them to reach the full potential success of the business.
Key Responsibilities:
  • The CEO will be responsible for implementing the strategic business plan and budget and for writing budgets on an annual basis.
  • The CEO will work directly with the Board of Directors in reviewing strategy, long term objectives and plans.
  • In support of the responsibilities above, oversee and manage the business decisions pertaining to:
    • Buying and merchandising
    • Marketing, advertising, and design of promotional programs
    • Inventory management procedures
    • Operations, personnel management and all key decisions
  • Communicate effectively to encourage the team of employees to engage the Coops customer base with a high level of customer service and satisfaction.
  • Oversee, recruit, evaluate, coach, and train team members leveraging diversity to create a respectful and inclusive environment.
  • Access the buying/merchandising and sales functions to implement changes as needed.
  • Foster a strong network of contacts within the local and regional retail community.
  • The CEO will be well informed on best retail practices within several large retail segments which are relevant to the Coop.
  • Manage the financial review of sales, gross margin, expenses, liquidity, operations, and capital expenditures, if necessary implement plans for improvement.
  • The CEO will review all legal contracts in general: buying/ merchandising, construction, advertising, employment, and service/vendor.
  • The CEO will be the face of the coop in Public Relations.
Experience Talent and Education Requirements:
  • Demonstrated track record as manager running a successful agronomy, energy and retail businesses.
  • Sales and marketing experience with the ability to grow the business.
  • Demonstrated track record of building strong teams and mentoring key employees into significant management roles.
  • Strong retail management operations with combined merchandising/buying experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to build teams and foster partnerships
  • Strong work ethic and hands on management approach and delegation.
  • Demonstrated financial management, merchandising, analytical, and planning skills.
  • Exceptional problem-solving, decision making skills combined with ability to be organized.
  • Previous direct experience in a retail operation and refined fuels which has substantial overlap with the Coops agronomy products and customers.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Computer skills: Email, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of software for inventory management systems and point of sales systems
  • Experience handling many SKU’s within different product categories
  • Must be capable of ensuring that a relevant website be maintained
  • Must be capable of managing a fleet for sales, delivery and custom application, including maintenance shop for fleet
  • Knowledge in hedging and contracting
  • Knowledge in crop insurance
  • Involvement in the community
  • Have a positive attitude, energetic, good communicator and a coach to the employees
Additional Details:
Ag Plus Cooperative, Marshall, Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salary and benefits. All inquiries and information will be handled in strict confidence. 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:  May 24, 2019
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