Management Acceleration Program

Madison, WI 53718
United States
Job Description



As a holding company with cooperative and private ownership, URUS is a family of businesses at the heart of the dairy and beef industry – AgSource, Alta Genetics, GENEX, Jetstream, PEAK, SCCL, Trans Ova Genetics, and VAS. Each of these organizations has its own unique identity, products, and services. These companies work globally to provide cutting-edge dairy and beef genetics, customized reproductive services to maximize conceptions, dairy management information to take producers to the frontline of progressive dairy farming, and an array of products and services to help bovines reach their full genetic potential. URUS Group has revenues of approximately $500 million, has 26 operating companies in 15 countries, and employs approximately 2,400 people. URUS is a part of Pon Holdings, a Dutch family-owned group of companies with revenues of $8 billion and about 16,000 employees.




Do you want to join URUS in its ambition to become a billion-dollar company? In the Management Acceleration Program (MAP), you will contribute to some of URUS’ greatest growth opportunities. You will have the opportunity to work on future strategic plans, design innovative business models, build industry partnerships, collaborations, help vet potential acquisitions and get exposure to international markets. This is a rare opportunity to accelerate your product and project management abilities as well as interpersonal skills.


The URUS Management Acceleration Program is designed for fanatically driven, results-focused, agile, and daring, individuals that are early in their professional journeys and aiming to accelerate into leadership positions. The program features 2-3 rotations at 9-12 months each in various parts of the organization with full-time management-level placement after the program. Senior leaders and executive team members serve as coaches and mentors to help program participants gain valuable on-the-job learning and development.


In the Management Acceleration Program, individuals will be challenged to create an immediate impact for the organization and themselves. Successful Candidates will have the opportunity to work on high-level, strategic projects to drive organizational improvements and expand their business aptitude, leadership skills, technical knowledge, and interpersonal abilities.


Project rotations cover a variety of our business sectors, including, but not limited to, the following:

· Business Development & Finance

· Technology, Data & Statistics

· Supply Chain Management & Logistics

· Sales & Consulting

· Marketing

· Global Development & Sustainability

· People Development & HR

· R&D, Lab Management, Production


Throughout the rotations, candidates will be challenged to develop skills and competencies essential for successful leaders. Development Areas include:


  • Strategic planning, budgeting, and execution

  • Stakeholder alignment

  • Project management

  • Business planning

  • Facilitating crucial conversations

  • Process improvement

  • Interpersonal communication, influence, and mentorship


Organization Alignment & Position Location

· This position will report to a URUS Sr. Manager or URUS Executive

· Candidate will be required to be based in Madison, WI for at least one rotation and have location agility throughout the program

· The position may require domestic and/or international travel



At the conclusion of the Management Acceleration Program, participants will have numerous pathway options within URUS to further develop their careers:



· Leadership role within an acquisition or investee target

· Product Manager for one or more new products implemented by URUS

· Manager level roles elsewhere within URUS or a URUS Subsidiary


Medium to long-term:

· Senior leadership roles within URUS companies at a VP, Senior VP, or Executive level.




Education & Experience

· B.S. degree or higher in agriculture, animal science, or business. M.S. or MBA degree would be an asset

· Minimum 2-5 years of professional work experience

· Strong understanding of or experience in agriculture or livestock genetics is an asset


Skills & Competencies

· Passionate and ambitious leader with a relentless focus toward excellence

· Resourceful self-starter that makes things happen

· Exceptional oral and written skills

· Extraordinary learning agility

· Strong decision-making capacity

· Critical thinker with cognitive agility

· Strong interpersonal skills and able to collaborate in evolving environments with multiple stakeholders

· Motivated and able to influence others

· Entrepreneurial thinker with a strategic and business mindset

· Proactive business relationship management skills with a commitment to completing projects

· Able to work with and organize large volumes of data and manage concurrent projects

· Outstanding time management skills and high attention to detail

· Proficient in Microsoft Office

· Able to create high level reporting documents and make compelling presentation to leadership teams and board

· Knowledge of other foreign languages would be an asset


Company Culture Alignment

· Trust – We choose to be vulnerable, speak up, and dare to be wrong

· Transparency – We choose to be open and share

· Empowerment – We choose to encourage people to own their decisions

· Challenge – We choose to question and be questioned for better performance

· Accountability – We choose to follow through and hold each other to that standard

· Act – We choose to execute our plans when we are confident they will work

· Results – We choose results over comfort and popularity


United States