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Lead Operations Specialist

Job ID:  8539

Erskine, MN, US, 56535

Date posted:  Jan 18, 2023
Employment Type:  Hourly
Schedule:  Full Time
Job ID:  8539

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States that provides grain, food and energy resources to businesses and consumers around the world.  We serve agriculture customers and consumers across the United States and around the world.  Most of our 10,000 employees are in the United States, but today we have employees in 19 countries. At CHS, we are creating connections to empower agriculture.


CHS Northern Grain has an exciting opportunity at our Erskine, MN location. We are looking for a Lead Operations Specialist to perform duties such as warehouse support, material handling, machine operation and maintenance, product loading/unloading/delivery and facility cleaning in a safe and timely manner.  You must have a high energy level, exhibit personal integrity and be committed to safety, customer service, and solving problems creatively.  You must have a good work ethic with professional communications skills.

This position is eligible for a $2,500 sign-on bonus.


  • Independently carry out general labor responsibilities promptly and efficiently. Responsibilities may include:
  • Act as a working lead, providing general work direction, guidance and assistance, and fostering communication and a strong customer service mentality.
  • Assist in the management of elevator functions to meet budget goals and maximize profitability.
  • Coordinate incoming shipment information with location management, and assist in determining the daily market position.
  • Assist in marketing grain and buying grain from farmers.
  • Oversee preparation of trucks and railcars for loading/unloading, which may require sampling, loosening large nuts, opening hatches, and attaching and/or detaching flexible hoses.
  • Load and unload agricultural inputs from railcars and/or trucks using heavy or light duty machinery/equipment. May include bulk and or packaged material.
  • Control and monitor all load out functions.
  • Conduct and properly record daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks including but not limited to lubrication of pumps, valves, and loading arms. Inspect in-use equipment looking for seeps and leaks of process equipment.
  • Monitor and maintain quality of inventory (may include blended, bulk or packaged product).
  • Deliver products such as fertilizer, chemical, seed, feed and others to customer sites.
  • Keep all work areas in a clean, orderly and safe condition. Conduct regular housekeeping duties such as sweeping, shoveling, power washing, scraping and cleaning up spills. Complete appropriate record keeping.
  • Perform grounds maintenance including snow removal.
  • Perform warehouse work including driving loader, loading/unloading inventory, forklift operation, and general maintenance.
  • Maintain and promote a strong safety culture and follow all safety policies, procedures, and regulations. Identify and communicate workplace hazards and correct or seek assistance in correcting unsafe actions or conditions.
  • Follow all company policies, procedures, and safety requirements.
  • Perform other duties as needed or assigned to ensure facility operates smoothly and customers receive excellent customer service.

Minimum Qualifications (required)

  • 4+ years of experience in Operations and/or Business Operations
  • Ability to work extended hours during peak seasons to meet business demands
  • Ability to pass pre-employment drug test

Additional Qualifications

  • Ability to operate machinery such as loaders, conveyors, tractors, and track mobile
  • High School diploma or GED preferred
  • Agriculture experience preferred
  • Forklift certification preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift 75 pounds
  • Ability to climb rail cars, ladders, stairs, and bins
  • Ability to work in dust and adverse weather conditions and temperatures

CHS offers a competitive total compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Company Funded Pension, Profit Sharing, Long and Short Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nearest Major Market: Fargo
Nearest Secondary Market: Grand Forks