Louis Dreyfus Company
Grand Junction, IA
United States
Job Description

Company Description

Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. Our activities span the entire value chain from farm to fork. Across a broad range of business lines, we leverage our global reach and extensive asset network to serve our customers and consumers around the world. Structured as a matrix organization of six geographical regions and ten platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs approximately 17,000 people globally. 

Looking to hire immediately! Urgent need! 

Job Description

This position operates machinery in the cook, distillation, evaporation, and centrifuge areas of a dry mill ethanol plant. Primary functions are to operate machines and the computer control system for the plant; test and make adjustments to the equipment in order to optimize plant efficiencies; operate cook/fermentation areas; operate machinery for distillation and energy center; and to ensure that the operation of such machinery remains in compliance with all applicable Company standards and government regulations.

Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions

  • Operates process equipment including testing and making adjustments to the equipment in order to optimize plant efficiencies, handles bulk chemicals and assists team members on the plant site
  • Performs Cleaning in Place (CIP) routines on all required process equipment in the distillation/de-watering areas
  • Conducts quality control tests on product streams; samples and tests products and enters data into the electronic data system
  • Handles chemical receiving, loading, and warehousing of drum, totes, and tankers
  • Operate receiving and loading of hazardous chemicals such as ethanol, denaturant, sulfuric acid, caustic, urea, sodium bisulfite, bleach, etc.
  • Follows procedures for plant start-up, shut down, cleaning and batching
  • Complies with Company safety rules and wears proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required in fulfillment of assigned responsibilities
  • Reviews logbooks, inventory sheets and process computer prior to relieving the previous shift operator
  • Performs required inspection rounds; records all visual damage and mechanical problems that occur while on shift
  • Ensures orderly shift change by communicating issues and/or ongoing tasks with incoming operators
  • Notifies Team Leader of any production or safety problems
  • Assists team members on plant site as directed by the Team Leader and Production Manager

Additional Responsibilities

  • Ensures work area is kept clean and free from safety hazards
  • Maintains accurate and timely production data logs
  • Attends toolbox maintenance, toolbox safety, benefits and other meetings as required
  • Accepts/carries out/completes other duties as assigned


Education/Professional Certifications/Licenses 

  • High School Diploma/GED (basic qualification)
  • Technical degree or professional certification (preferred qualification)
  • Valid forklift certification (preferred qualification)


  • 1 year of experience in an industrial processing facility or in a machine shop (basic qualification)
  • Experience in the ethanol industry (preferred qualification)

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (including any physical demands)

The following are the basic qualifications:

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and procedures
  • Knowledge of manufacturing regulatory and safety requirements (e.g., OSHA)
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate computer control systems
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to give direction as needed with respect to machine operation
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders as well as work at heights of up to 125 feet; manage confined space entry,
  • withstand extended periods of walking and standing; move manufacturing materials, products and equipment of
  • 50 pounds or more which requires regular bending and lifting
  • Good interpersonal skills 

Additional Information

Equipment Used

  • Production machinery and operating equipment, including computers to manage the production process
  • Production loading equipment, including scales, forklift and skid leader
  • Laboratory equipment related to the grain, mash preparation and de-watering areas
  • Wears proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required

Working Conditions

Continuous 24/7 plant operation with 12-hour rotational shifts, as well as evening and weekend call-in requirements when needed. Regular exposure to a variety of temperatures and prevailing weather conditions; regular exposure to gases, vapors, dust and odors; occasional exposure to areas with wet floors and high volume of noise. Heavy lifting of manufacturing materials and products is required. Position will require regular stair climbing and extended periods of walking and standing in order to access and occasionally work in remote areas of the plant, extended heights and confined spaces. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be worn in compliance with Company standards and government regulations. Call-ins or the extension of regular working hours are occasionally necessary to complete time-sensitive projects or to respond to emergencies.

What We Offer

We provide a dynamic and stimulating international environment, which will stretch and develop your abilities and channel your skills and expertise with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

- Comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental and vision care coverage, flexible spending account plans, employee assistance program, life insurance and disability coverage

- 401k with Company Match

- Family Friendly Benefits including childbirth and parental leave, fertility and family building benefits

- Paid Time Off (PTO) and Paid Holidays

- Hybrid work available (not applicable to all roles)

Diversity & Inclusion

LDC is driven by a set of shared values and high ethical standards, with diversity and inclusion being part of our DNA. LDC is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity, equity and inclusion.

LDC encourages diversity, supports local communities and environmental initiatives. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

Equal employment opportunity (EEO)

Louis Dreyfus Company provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Sustainable value is at the heart of our purpose as a company.

We are passionate about creating fair and sustainable value, both for our business and for other value chain stakeholders: our people, our business partners, the communities we touch and the environment around us