What we do
Ceres Global and its subsidiaries add value across agricultural, energy and industrial supply chains through efficient sourcing, storing, transporting and marketing of high-quality agricultural commodities, value-added products and raw materials. Leveraging its network of commodity logistics centers and team of industry experts, Ceres Global connects farmers to customers around the world.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ceres Global has 16 locations across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Minnesota.
At Ceres, our core values of Collaboration, Precision, Creating Value, and Owning the Outcome provide the base for everything we do. We pride ourselves on being fun, flexible, focused, and held to a high standard. Were relatively small but were growing and we dream big, and were seeking talented people to join our team.
What you’d do
The position is responsible for project management of a strategic initiative that scales Ceres regenerative ag offerings to farm partners and end use customers. The role will be accountable for engaging growers, trade partners, retailers and suppliers in developing and executing programming that help our end use customers achieve their goals in the regenerative ag and greenhouse gas reduction space. The role will facilitate connections between different organizations and workstreams to drive desired outcomes, remove impediments to progress, and proactively mitigate and manage risk. The individual will need to have a strong agronomic background and a proven ability to collaborate with a range of stakeholders in developing and executing the regenerative ag portfolio.
Collaborate with industry experts on emerging research on agronomic practices that improve agronomic outcomes and performance against key sustainability measures.
Work with growers in the adoption of new and proven technologies that positively impact environmental outcomes.
Drive awareness of emerging regenerative ag-based market opportunities for growers.
Develop engaging presentations and support materials for growers, crop input retailers and trade partners.
Work with growers to help them improve agronomic outcomes through making sound crop production recommendations.
Directly engage with end use customers in understanding their objectives around greenhouse gas reductions and regenerative agriculture.
Develop and maintain relationships with crop input manufacturers.
Develop and execute local programming to improve soil and water quality while reducing GHG emissions.
Identify and participate in trials of new technologies that deliver regenerative ag solutions and create supply chain transparency.
Utilizing knowledge of northern plains crop production, work directly with the merchandising managers in developing robust supply models for key commodities traded by Ceres.
Independently solve complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.
Design programs and protocols that deliver profitable and sustainable outcomes for growers.
Collaborate with Ceres staff and end use customers to develop and execute regenerative ag and sustainability solutions through the supply chain.
Work collaboratively with growers and end use customers in identifying and developing identity preserved supply chain offerings.
A university degree in agronomy, plant or soil sciences.
6 + years of field experience in working with growers.
Proven ability to work in an ambiguous environment and develop a path forward.
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.
Willingness to pursue additional certifications such as 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program.
Experience in working with crop input retailers.
Strong project management skills.
Advanced degree in business, agronomy, plant or soil sciences.
Certified Crop Advisor or Professional Agronomist designation.
Familiarity with Field to Market, COOL Farm Tool or other similar tools.
Previous experience in working with grain supply chain solutions.
Project management skills: identification and management of stakeholders, milestone development and tracking of progress, resource management, risk mitigation, detailed action planning, and change management.
Excellent communication skills to effectively and persuasively articulate positions to various audiences.
Ability to prepare presentation content for executive audiences and external stakeholders.
Ability to influence others without direct authority over them.
Proven capability to develop and maintain strong collaborative business relationships across diverse businesses; highly developed interpersonal skills.
Structured and proactive thinker with the ability to respond to unexpected situations; ability to think ahead and catch problems before they arise.
Exceptional organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize.
Strong problem solving and analytical skills to proactively address and mitigate issues.
Ability to work under pressure and tight timelines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and sit. The employee is frequently required to use hands type, write and grasp. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to lift 20 pounds. The vision requirements include close vision.