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Operations Specialist/CDL Driver

Location Sharon Springs, Kansas Date posted 10/29/2022

Overview

CHS drivers spend their days making life easier for their customers – farmers, ranchers, local feed & seed stores, community gas stations and refineries. You’ll know most of the people on your route and you’ll be home most nights for supper.

More than any other role at CHS, you’re the connector. Moving products from sellers to buyers. Transporting supplies from production facilities to customers. Keeping rural America in business from before spring planting starts to well after fall harvest ends.

CHS is one of the biggest names in agronomy, energy and grain processing. Join our driving team and see where your career takes you.

  • Job type: Full-time Part-time Seasonal
  • Job level: Mid level
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Success profile

  • Having these traits leads to success in any of our driver roles:
  • Flexible
  • Detail-oriented
  • Personable
  • Positive
  • Quick-thinking
  • Responsible
  • Safety driven

Safety & service

As part of the CHS driver team, safety and customer service matter more than anything:

  • Safety — You’ll be hauling a variety of materials, some of which are hazardous. That’s why you’re required to have certain licensures and why we provide a new or late-model truck with top of the line safety equipment. This is a job where safety always comes first.
  • Service — Once you arrive safely, then it’s all about the customer. You’ll get to know them and become familiar with the unique rhythm of their business. And when it’s harvest time, you’ll go above and beyond because that’s the spirit of a rural community.

Learn more about life at CHS

Quote

I’m carrying hazardous material, so I’m constantly thinking about safety. On average, I only drive 120 to 175 miles a day. I make a lot of short trips back and forth through rural areas, so I’m always on the lookout for farm equipment and school buses and keep a safe distance from them on the road.

— Mark Siefers Driver and recipient of the CHS Transportation Million-Mile Safe Driving Award

Fun fact: Mark has driven over 2 million miles without a safety incident — the equivalent of driving around the world 80 times.

Driver options

  • Agriculture

    • Truck
      • Dry van trucks
      • Straight trucks
    • Licensures
      • Class A CDL
      • Class B CDL
      • Hazmat endorsement preferred
    • Route
      • Primarily local
      • Home most nights
    • Customers
      • Retail outlets that sell products to large farming operations
      • Warehouses that are designed to distribute our packaged goods to retailers
      • At the co-op level, working directly with local farmers and ranchers
    • Load
      • Commercial driving + fill-in warehouse work
      • Crop inputs (fertilizer, protection, nutrients)
      • Nitrogen, phosphorus, potash
      • Palletized products like feed and fertilizer
      • Hazardous- license endorsements
  • Energy

    • Truck
      • Tankers (multiple load)
      • Pressure trailers
    • Licensures
      • Class A CDL (some positions only require a Class B CDL)
      • Hazmat/Tanker endorsement
      • 2 years or 200,000 miles of verifiable tractor trailer experience endorsement
    • Route
      • Primarily regional; some long-haul
      • Home most nights
    • Customers
      • Gas stations, bulk plants (large propane bottle)
      • Smaller trucks take to farms and smaller businesses
    • Load
      • Refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.
      • NH3 (Anhydrous Ammonia)

Benefits & perks

We offer all of the benefits you’d expect from a large, international employer. Plus, we’ve made sure they’re affordable for every stage of your life — whether you’re early-career and starting a family, late-career and looking ahead to retirement or at any point in between.

  • Medical

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Life and disability insurance

  • 401(k)/ Retirement Plans

  • Military pay differential

Responsibilities

Job ID 8026 Date posted 10/29/2022

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 United Plains Ag has an opportunity in our Country Operations Division. We are looking for an individual to join our Operations team working as a Seasonal Ops Specialist / Truck Driver in Sharon Springs, KS. You will assist patrons in a professional manner and promote a positive image of the coop. You must have the ability to adapt, think and make decisions quickly; have a pleasant attitude, be helpful, and customer focused.

Responsibilities

  • As directed, carry out general labor responsibilities promptly and efficiently. Responsibilities may include:
  • Prepare trucks and railcars for loading/unloading, which may require sampling, loosening large nuts, opening hatches, and attaching and/or detaching flexible hoses.
  • Load and unload agricultural inputs from railcars and/or trucks using heavy or light duty machinery/equipment. 
  • Conduct and properly record repairs and daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks. Regularly inspect in-use equipment.
  • Monitor and maintain quality of inventory (may include blended, bulk or packaged product).
  • Deliver products such as fertilizer, chemical, seed, feed and other to customer sites ensuring accurate and on time deliveries in a safe, timely, and professional manner.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal laws including but not limited to pre-trip and post-trip reporting, proper load securement and hours of service. 
  • Keep all work areas and vehicles in a clean, orderly and safe condition. Conduct regular housekeeping duties such as sweeping, shoveling, power washing, scraping and cleaning up spills. Complete appropriate record keeping.
  • Perform grounds maintenance including snow removal.
  • Perform warehouse work including driving loader, loading/unloading inventory, forklift operation, and general maintenance.
  • Promptly report any customer complaints, repair or maintenance needs, or safety concerns to supervisor.
  • 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.
  • Follow all company policies, procedures, and safety requirements.
  • Perform other duties as needed or assigned to ensure facility operates smoothly and customers receive excellent customer service.

Minimum Qualifications (required)

  • Knowledge of Operations and/or Trucking Operations
  • Must meet minimum age requirement

Additional Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED preferred
  • Maintain or be able to obtain a CDL and DOT medical card.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English
  • Ability to work additional hours and occasional weekends to meet business demands
  • Hazmat, Tanker, and Air Brake endorsements preferred
  • Valid Class A CDL preferred
  • Agriculture background preferred
  • Customer service experience preferred
  • Bulk liquid, Pressure trailer, or Forklift experience preferred
  • 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 lift 75 pounds
  • Ability to climb rail cars, ladders, stairs, and bins and into back of trailer
  • Ability to work in dust and adverse weather conditions and temperatures

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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