CHS Member Cooperative Career Center

CEO/General Manager - Middleton, Wisconsin

Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
Date Posted: 07-27-2017
Middleton Farmers Cooperative Company, Middleton, Wisconsin is a very successful single location member cooperative located in South Central Wisconsin. Middleton Farmers Cooperative Company is a $22 million dollar coop that consists of 2 C stores, agronomy / fertilizer facilities, crop protection (packaged chemical), dry custom application, seed, hardware store, landscaping supplies and car wash.  Annual sales are projected at $22 million including 2200 tons of crop Nutrients plus crop protection and seed, energy sales of 2.6 million gallons gas and 2 million gallons diesel.

This position requires accounting skills as well as an understanding of finance/budgeting, planning and business process controls. Also must have good communication, supervisory, public relations and organizational skills to manage the total operation. The successful candidate will work extensively with a five person board. The ideal candidate must be able to make decisions and work independently.  The candidate must be detail oriented with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

Experience in energy, feed and hardware knowledge, and contracting and risk management preferable.

  • Manage the operation of the entire business according to Middleton Farmers Cooperative Company’s objectives to provide patrons with prompt, courteous and effective service while maintaining the efficiency necessary to achieve a return on investment.
  • Manage a program of safety and equipment maintenance to avoid breakdowns and limit safety hazards.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
  • Evaluate patron credit needs and extend credit in accordance with Middleton Farmers Cooperative Company’s policies.
  • Monitor credit liability and manage the collection of accounts receivable.
  • Monitor the daily long/short position for commodities to effectively manage inventory risk.
  • Educate both employees and patrons in the operations of the business objectives to enhance employee effectiveness and improve customer relations.
  • Establish and implement short-term goals that are consistent with long-range plans for growth in the operation, including facility, equipment and personnel.
  • Communicate with department managers to coordinate and complete all aspects of the consolidated operation.
  • Communicate with the Board of Directors and members of Middleton Farmers Cooperative Company.
  • Keep abreast of industry trends or changes to accurately answer patron inquiries.
  • Manage Middleton Farmers Cooperative Co. workforce through responsible training and clear job assignment definition and explanation, including organizational chart, job descriptions, and regular employee reviews (annual).
  • Continue to build a strong sales and marketing culture.
  • Monitor the work of all employees to correct deficient performance and effectively reward and develop all employees.
  • Oversee the information provided for month-end close, inventory valuation, bringing contracts to market, physical, inventory, freight, etc.
  • Properly document daily and month end accounting transactions.
Employment Offering:
The opportunity to lead a team of 45 employees and serve 350 voting members in their quest to be successful in the agriculture industry.

The position will provide a diverse set of opportunities and challenges with a wide footprint, well-appointed resources and several enterprises.

Great location in a very strong Ag Production area with great schools, both grade schools and secondary, growing communities, a robust economy and year-round recreation and entertainment. Close to airport, cultural activities, urban and rural lifestyles.
Basic Qualifications: (Preferred)
  • 4 year minimum degree in Agriculture or Business or equivalent experience
  • 5 years plus of Management / CEO experience or equivalent experience
Additional Details:
Middleton Farmers Cooperative Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOC) and offers competitive salary and benefits.  For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact David Lemmon at or (320) 219-0270. 

Deadline for accepting applications is September 15, 2017

Interested applicants should apply online.
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