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Technical Nutrition Manager (Dairy)

Westway Feed Products
Western United States

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join us as a Technical Nutrition Manager to support the Westway sales team in the sale of liquid feed products in the dairy industry. You will provide individual and group training of technical knowledge in ruminant nutrition and management and provide leadership in the selling process. You will also provide leadership and participation in the development and research of current and new value-added products that support the dairy strategy. You will also provide the necessary technical support to customer and vendors as needed. This position reports to the Director of Research & Development / Technical Services for Westway.

Job Description

Location and travel: This role will take responsibility for the western half of the USA and ideally the post-holder will live close to a major airport.

 

Westway Feed Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of liquid supplements for livestock. Additionally, we produce tub supplements, feed mill products, dried molasses and industrial products. The core concept of Westway’s business is to utilize co-products from other industries and convert them into safe, high-quality, cost effective, livestock feed supplements. While Westway’s primary ingredient for many of our products is molasses, we also incorporate other co-products such as glycerin, whey, corn solubles, corn steep and soy solubles. The concept of utilizing these co-products is the foundation of our sustainability platform. Today, Westway operates 25 production facilities across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our geographic reach allows for products to be developed according to environmental and production system variations across the country.

We are part of ED&F Man Commodities, a world leading trader of agricultural products including coffee, sugar, molasses and animal feed.

 

Key Accountabilities:
  • Provide necessary technical support for our sales team and other associated departments in the sale of Westway feed products.

  • Provide technical nutrition and management training on an individual and group situation to support the value of feeding liquid products manufactured by Westway Feed products.

  • Learn and become proficient in necessary software and procedures that are required to formulate, manufacture and price products in the Westway system.

  • Become fully knowledgeable of liquid ingredients, their feeding values, the manufacturing specifications necessary to formulate and blend liquid ingredients to make quality liquid products.

  • Regularly schedule time with Westway dairy sales team to maintain good working relationships, reinforce the value of conducting business with Westway and continue building a portfolio of business by supporting the sales team.

  • Provide product and ingredient expertise in the areas of animal husbandry/nutrition and feed manufacturing to dairy operations, distributors, dealers, and independent dairy consulting nutritionist. The purpose is to increase the sales of Westway products through relationships, through technical knowledge and providing information as a valued resource to customers and independent consulting nutritionist.

  • Assist customers/independent consulting nutritionist with liquid management information and technical information on molasses based liquid feed supplements as well as the value of liquid by-products. Assist customers with animal management and feeding programs in the dairy industry.

  • Work with and be a resource for the operations, nutrition/formulations, and regional sales manager by providing novel ideas from the field on product development, opportunities in feeding programs, market competition, changes in the market, and customer attitudes.

  • Be involved in local and state dairy organizations.  Represent Westway at local, state, and prominent dairy conferences throughout the dairy industry.

  • Actively participate in professional and personal training locally and corporately to enhance professional and personal growth.

  • Maintain professional status by attending professional meetings/conferences. Maintains a satisfactory level of competency for accepted and innovative industry practices by attending company approved meetings and seminars; and by reading pertinent information in professional journals, field day reports, specialized industry publications and popular press.

  • Actively participate in Westway Feed Product research and product development processes to create value to the dairy business.

 

Skills and Experience:
  • Minimum of Master of Science in Animal Nutrition or related degree combined with substantial dairy industry experience within a similar or closely related role.

  • Doctorate in Animal Nutrition or related field of study – preferable

  • Knowledge of dairy market/industry trends – essential

  • Ability to research and analyse market/industry/customers and to apply that information to manage accounts and increase sales.

  • Ability to interact with others in a professional and appropriate manner and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and customers.

  • Ability to effectively present information, communicates with, and responds to questions and complaints from co-workers, management, and customers.

  • Ability to understand and apply basic mathematical concepts.

  • Ability to incorporate favourable terms for the company into negotiations.

  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret general business and professional journals, technical procedures, governmental regulations, and financial reports.

  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.

  • Ability to write reports, correspondence, and procedures.

  • Ability to analyse and resolve problems and ability to interpret a variety of instructions, policies, and data.

  • High motivation level with the ability to perform work with considerable independence under the general direction of supervisor. Ability to exercise judgment and make decisions independently.

  • Proficient with computers and applicable software.

 

As an ever-friendly reminder: Researchers have found that men apply to roles when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Women and other underrepresented groups tend to apply only when they check every box. If you are interested, but don’t feel like you meet every single point on the job description, please still apply!

 

Our Offer

We provide a fast-paced, stimulating and truly global environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the global leaders in soft commodity trading.

 

Our Values

Respect, Integrity, Meritocracy, Client Focus, Entrepreneurship

 

Our values define who we are. They are the fundamental beliefs that determine our actions and guide our behaviour. They influence the way we communicate and collaborate, and define the way we engage with our clients, partners, and communities.

 

Our Commitment

We share the commitment of our parent company, ED&F Man Commodities. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and are focussed on actively building and developing diverse teams. All qualified applicants will receive equal treatment without regard to race, colour, sex, gender, age, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment (identity, gender expression), genetic information or any characteristic protected by local law.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process.

To apply you must have the right to work for the provided location.

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All inquiries and information will be handled in strict confidence.  Interested parties should contact Laura Blomme at 515.444.7342 or lblomme@hedlinag.com.  

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