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Rail Transportation Intern

Location Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota Date posted 11/19/2021
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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.


CHS has an exciting opportunity in our Global Grain & Processing group. We are looking for a Rail Transportation Intern to help support a variety of areas that will range in scale and complexity. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills by learning from and collaborating with a talented team of business and rail professionals. We are looking for an intern to start during spring semester 2022.


  • Work closely with CHS business units and rail vendors to assist/coordinate/troubleshoot repairs and invoices associated with CHS’s Private Railcar Fleet
  • Process waybilling, diversions & track/trace shipments through third-party rail carrier systems
  • Provide analysis of rail rate structures and spreads and/or rates for alternative modes of transportation to ensure and maximize market competitiveness
  • Source competitive freight rates and provide recommendations to internal customers so CHS utilizes the lowest cost of transportation possible while meeting the market needs
  • Assist with rate negotiation for confidential rail contracts and new business/marketing opportunities
  • Monitor and maintain rail rates and databases with current and accurate information
  • Effectively and timely communicate changes and resulting impacts to CHS
  • Rate daily shipments timely and accurately and communicate cost saving alternatives
  • Coordinate empty and loaded railcar logistics and manage repositioning of private car fleet
  • Effectively communicate with stakeholders efficient and economical options for execution via rail
  • Process rail billing, diversions and shipment rating through SAP's Transportation Module and third-party rail carrier systems
  • Suggest improvements to systems and processes regarding rail rates
  • Submit/file/follow up on rail claims with our vendors & carriers
  • Become a part of a successful, dynamic team using standard Lean processes to deliver quality and timely results to internal customers
  • Be encouraged and expected to innovate and be creative in your data analysis, problem solving and presentation of solutions
  • Maintain and promote a strong safety culture and follow all safety policies, procedures and regulations. Identify and communicate workplace hazards and correct or seek assistance in correcting unsafe actions or conditions.

Minimum Qualifications (required)

  • Currently enrolled in supply chain or similar degree program at an accredited institution, entering junior or senior year, or recent graduate
  • Experience with Office 365
  • Excellent communication skills, customer service, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, self-motivated with confirmed leadership abilities, presentation skills and be able to function in a team-oriented environment with resource and time constraints
  • A passion for customers, problem solving and attention to detail

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience with rail cars
  • Experience rail supply chain, logistics, rating, claims, invoicing or plant scheduling
  • Training/Experience in Lean methodologies
  • Experience with SAP

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Effective January 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires employers to conduct a pre-employment verification full query against the newly established License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse prior to beginning employment in a position that requires a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL). Candidates seeking employment in a position that requires a commercial motor vehicle license must voluntarily enter their information into the FMCSA and must provide disclosure authorization, at the time of offer, to CHS or an authorized third-party agent of CHS to verify information.

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