Technical Product Specialist (12925)

CHS Inc.
Willmar, MD
United States
Category
Job Description

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.


Summary

CHS has an exciting opportunity in our Agronomy division in central Iowa. We are looking for a Technical Product Specialist for providing technical service and sales support to Account Managers and customers within the assigned geography. Communication with regional account managers to determine the product, technical and sales support needs of the sales force must be continuous. The job will focus on identifying sales support, and data needs to develop selling messages, tools and training. These responsibilities will be focused on efforts to support the marketing direction of branded products.


This role can be located anywhere in central Iowa. 


Responsibilities


  • Assist account managers with building customer confidence and proper positioning of CHS proprietary products.

  • Provide technical information and selling support with a particular emphasis on CHS proprietary products that are applicable within the geography assigned.

  • Participate in and present to customers and coworkers at various meetings throughout the geography assigned.

  • Train personnel to effectively deliver technical information to customers.

  • Coordinate with the research and product analyst to assist with the accumulation of data from appropriate field demonstration trials and replicated research trials and provide the data to the research and product analyst.

  • Evaluate new potential products.

  • Assist marketing personnel with information needs and technical decisions.

  • Assist with the development of technical selling tools for use by personnel including but not limited to presentations, technical bulletins, promo sheets, and the application manual.

  • Act as liaison with private and public university research company or institution personnel to facilitate the testing of new and existing products in coordination with the research and product analyst.

  • Interface with key centers of influence within the assigned geography including commodity groups, University personnel and independent crop consultants to remain on current and future crop production issues.

  • Assist in documentation, investigation, and resolution of customer complaints.

  • Organize, coordinate, and otherwise facilitate topics and speakers relating to one or two-day CCA-CEU meetings that occur across the territory throughout the course of a year.

  • Ability to work extended hours as business requires. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications (required)


  • Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, plant pathology, entomology or weed science

  • 4+ years of experience in agricultural industry with field research, data evaluation, and technical service background.


Additional Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in agronomy, plant pathology, entomology or weed science preferred

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficient computer skills

  • Proficient technical writing skills

  • Pre-employment screening is based on the job requirements and industry guidelines and may or may not be required for the position. If required, selected candidates must pass pre-employment screenings to include all or a combination of drug, criminal, motor vehicle check, physical requirements and FMSCA Clearinghouse


Physical Requirements


  • Ability to travel regionally up to 50% of the time. Majority of travel will be day travel.

  • Lifting up to 50 lbs. 



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.


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