Agricultural Sales Trainee (Tekoa, WA)

Wilbur-Ellis Company
Tekoa, WA 99033
United States
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Job Description

Do you have a bachelor's degree in horticulture, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, or associated agricultural science? Do you have the ability to build strong relationships and work independently? Are you an excellent communicator with the ability to lead and influence? If you said yes to all of these questions, we want to hear from YOU!


For over a century, Wilbur-Ellis has experienced success and growth in marketing and distributing agricultural products and services.  Join us and grow your career with a strong and profitable industry leader offering competitive compensation, tremendous growth and development opportunities, and a people-first work environment. Come grow with us!


General Purpose and Scope of Position:


The Sales Trainee is a development role that focuses on obtaining the skills required to become a licensed Agronomist with the ultimate goal of building a successful sales territory.  Through their interaction with the branch field sales and management, the Sales Trainee develops the necessary skills to become a successful Field Sales Representative.


Key Skills and Abilities Include:



  • Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, and ratios to practical applications

  • Requires excellent interpersonal and strong communication skills (verbal and written) for interaction with customers and fellow employees including the ability to maintain a positive and professional working relationship with peers, management, and support resources, with a constant commitment to teamwork and exemplary customer service

  • Detail and accuracy oriented with an ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously to completion within established deadlines

  • Proficient with computers utilizing Microsoft Windows and Office Suite applications


Key Personal Attributes Include:



  • Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Precision Ag, or associated agricultural science is preferred

  • Ability to read, write and speak the English language fluently


Specific Responsibilities and Key Deliverables Include:



  • Become proficient in all aspects of the retail agriculture supply business, crop production, and precision ag

  • Assist field sales staff in all aspects of customer service

  • Build product and market knowledge to add understanding and credibility

  • Assist growers with agronomic decisions

  • Conduct regular visits to customers’ crops to examine and diagnose plant health. Recommend programs that ensure the best quality and yield

  • Work towards developing into the Field Technology lead for the Branch

  • Maintain accurate record keeping of recommendations

  • Develop strong relationships with other Wilbur-Ellis Company employees based on teamwork and communication

  • Present a professional image to customers in all interactions (verbal, computer-generated, and face-to-face) and in personal appearance

  • Proactively seek and participate in available company-sponsored training, in an effort to develop and advance skill set and knowledge base

  • Make use of standard office equipment; Computer software and programs, Fax machines, postage machines, copier machines, etc. to effectively perform all aspects of position responsibilities

  • Strictly follow all company policies. Follow all safety rules and regulations while performing work assignments and adhere to all policies and procedures as specified in company manuals, correspondence, and as directed in the employee handbook

  • Perform all other duties as assigned by management in a professional and efficient manner


Compensation and Benefits:



  • In compliance with all states and cities that require transparency of pay, the base compensation for this position ranges from $18.51 - $23.48 per hour.  Note that wages may vary based on location, skills, and experience.  This position is eligible for vacation, holidays, health, dental, vision, mental health, retirement plans, and other benefits. 


COMPANY CULTURE


Wilbur-Ellis is a company you can be proud to call your employer


Wilbur-Ellis markets and distributes agricultural products, animal feed, and specialty chemicals, and food ingredients. A privately held and consistently profitable company, we employ more than 4,500 people throughout North America and Asia-Pacific.


Wilbur-Ellis is for and about people


Wilbur-Ellis has enjoyed over 100 years of success and growth, all thanks to our people. Our employees are both leaders and team players who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a dedication to quality work, our customers, and each other.


Wilbur-Ellis invests in the industry’s best workforce


Wilbur-Ellis invests heavily in our employees by offering skill development and training, competitive compensation and benefits, and a tradition of promoting from within for a broad range of career opportunities. And we foster a supportive, people-first work environment.


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