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Regional Sales Manager - Central Plains

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Position summary

The Regional Sales Manager is responsible for leading sales development and growth within Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The Regional Sales Manager will maximize commercial sales volume within the assigned geography and lead territory growth now and into the future. This role provides strategic and tactical input for the region and ensures alignment with overarching group goals and objectives. The role leads new business efforts and maintains relationships with key accounts within the region while working closely with the Ostara Technical Field Agronomist.

Essential functions

  • Leads the growth and maintenance of Crystal Green sales by ensuring the effective allocation of sales and technical service for potential, new, and existing customers
  • Develops relationships throughout the sales channel that will provide both push and pull through sales opportunities for Crystal Green
  • Positively influences team members to partner together to achieve individual and business goals
  • Implement strategic Market Development Trials in the region to acquire additional local data results
  • Provides input on marketing activity development and implementation within the region
  • Manages relationships with customers and ensure financial and operational goals are met
  • Manages the development of customers and contacts by attending industry and trade shows, and networking within the industry and business segments
  • Secures the retention of existing business by ensuring relationships are developed with all levels of site management, monitoring overall customer satisfaction, and performing contract administration
  • Performs high-level sales activities, such as giving presentations, following-up on contacts and sales actions, and performing similar sales duties for high profile or essential accounts
  • Maximizes profitability in the territory through detailed analysis of key factors to improve margin (e.g., freight, warehouse locations, accounts receivable, product rationalization, etc.) This includes successful, necessary implementation of price increases
  • Gathers market intelligence from the field relative to competitive activity, business activity, and reporting back to the appropriate Ostara personnel

Required skills/abilities

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to explain technical product attributes to all organization levels
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Must have a solid record of successful value-added Ag selling within the region
  • Must have previously developed strong industry relationships
  • Must be able to think strategically and creatively about complex selling situations
  • Must be able to define and sell the concept of value and differentiation as opposed to price
  • Must be passionate about promoting a sustainable fertilizer and passionate about making the sale by overcoming all obstacles

Education/experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required; agronomy/agricultural business or business focus a plus
  • Must have 5-10 years of successful Ag inputs selling and demand creation in the region

Physical requirements and work environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk on the phone, speak with the public, hear on the phone, hear in person, and use hands and fingers. This job requires the employee to sit for prolonged periods with minimal exposure to hot and cold temperature extremes that could be encountered at Ostara’s job sites. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  This job requires close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the office environment is usually low.

Location and travel

This position is remote with a preferred location of residence near Kansas City, MO. A minimum 60-70% travel requirement is expected.

Benefits

  • You will be a key member of the Ostara team with dynamic coworkers
  • Ostara offers competitive premiums on medical, dental, vision, life and voluntary life benefits, FSA options available for healthcare and daycare
  • We recognize that exercise is important to the health and wellness of everyone; employees are eligible for a health & wellness benefit enhancement
  • Prepare for retirement with Ostara’s 401(k) plan with a 3% match
  • Take time to rest and recharge using your paid vacation days or recover from illness with your sick days
  • Ostara observes eleven holidays during a calendar year

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

To apply please email [email protected] 

Electrical, Instrumentation and Automation (EIA) Supervisor

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Summary/Objective

The Electrical, Instrumentation, and Automation (EIA) Supervisor provides EIA Support for the 24/7 Heavy Industrial Fertilizer Manufacturing Site in St. Louis. The Supervisor will create, develop, and enable a culture that aggressively pursues an injury free workplace.

Essential Functions

  1. Works with Ostara resources to integrate Operational Excellence into the daily management practices of the maintenance department
  2. Stays informed of and complies with all safety policies, guidelines, and procedures at all times
  3. Addresses and/or responds to all safety hazards, near misses and work-related incidents immediately
  4. Offers suggestions and supports efforts to improve the safety culture of Ostara
  5. Directs, coordinates, and utilizes the skills and abilities of all production facility team members, other assisting trade groups, trainees, and helpers to maintain all instrumentation and electrical equipment to a high level of reliability at minimum cost
  6. Develops a positive and engaged team atmosphere for meeting goals, KPIs, and accomplishing tasks in a timely, efficient manner
  7. Provides assistance and guidance to supervisors and work crews through working knowledge of DCS, PLC programs and instrumentation
  8. Programs, troubleshoots, and optimizes Allen Bradley PLCs utilizing ladder logic
  9. Programs and designs HMI screens
  10. Troubleshoots and repairs electrical/mechanical issues using both PLCs and drawings
  11. Monitors Equipment Systems to ensure components are fully operational and work to optimal capacity
  12. Maintains, replaces, and diagnoses all instrument/electrical components in and around the manufacturing site
  13. Troubleshoots, repairs, modify, install, operate, and perform routine, preventive, and predictive maintenance on electrical, electronic, pneumatic, digital, mechanical devices and control systems
  14. Coordinates with IT/Network support personnel for operational support

Supervisory responsibilities

  • Hires and trains Ostara’s EIA staff
  • Schedules, organizes, and assigns projects to members of the EIA team
  • Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with company policy

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong ability to supervise, motivate and lead team members
  • Ability to prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to adaptable, be flexible, and open to change in a varying work environment
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Proficient in Computerized Maintenance Management Systems Software (Ex: DimoMaint)
  • “Prism” (historian) computer program experience preferred
  • Rotating Equipment experience (rotary kiln, granulator, etc.) preferred
  • Forklift certification preferred

Education and Experience

  • Electrical, instrumentation, electro-mechanical engineering degree, certification, or 10+ years of equivalent PLC/Automation experience, preferably in a heavy industrial manufacturing operation
  • 7+ Years of PLC programming and troubleshooting experience required
  • Experience in operation and maintenance practices associated with EIA equipment in an industrial environment
  • Knowledge of low and medium voltage VFDs preferred

PPE requirements

  • Safety glasses with side shields, hearing protection, hard hat, steel toed boots
  • Occasional use of a respirator
  • Other PPE as required per task

Physical requirements and work environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high and precarious places, airborne particles, chemicals, and temperature ranges between 32F and 85F. The noise environment in the work environment is usually loud.

Location and travel

The position is based in St. Louis, MO. Travel to Ostara’s existing operating facility in Central Florida will be required during the initial planning phase (and occasionally after commissioning of the St. Louis facility).

Benefits

  • You will be a key member of the Ostara team with dynamic coworkers
  • Ostara offers competitive premiums on medical, dental, vision, life and voluntary life benefits, FSA options available for healthcare and daycare
  • We recognize that exercise is important to the health and wellness of everyone; employees are eligible for a health & wellness benefit enhancement
  • Prepare for retirement with Ostara’s 401(k) plan with a 3% match
  • Take time to rest and recharge using your paid vacation days or recover from illness with your sick days
  • Ostara observes eleven holidays during a calendar year

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

To apply please email [email protected] 

Operations Systems & Data Integrator

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Position Summary

The Operations Systems & Data Integrator will recommend acquisition of new software applications, devise new ways to apply existing system resources to additional operations, and identify opportunities to improve the use of existing technology. The Integrator will review, analyze, design, modify, develop, maintain, integrate, and implement custom software-programming applications and software products in consultation with Ostara’s corporate office and production facilities. This position coordinates all projects with Ostara’s corporate offices and production facilities to maximize operational productivity and excellence. The Integrator will work with Ostara’s clients to monitor and maintain operational systems.

Essential functions

  • Acts as a resource that identifies opportunities to improve business processes through acquisition, deployment and integration of new technology or enhancement, integration, or improved use of existing technology
  • Works with stakeholders to clearly understand the business and technical objectives of new solutions
  • Provides technical expertise and customer support to clients to ensure that all systems are operational and efficient
  • Analyzes labor, and time requirements for a custom solution to determine an estimate for the work
  • Analyzes user requirements and convert requirements to design documents with clarity and precision
  • Identifies, defines, and communicates user and functional requirements for necessary software, data storage and retention, or workflow and business process changes
  • Identifies and recommends upgrades and changes to hardware and software, maintaining efficient and effective operations in the organization
  • Coordinates and identifies project deliverables, decomposition of work, and timelines with Ostara’s corporate office and production facilities
  • Develops time schedules, conversion, and test procedures for all aspects of a system implementation, from manual handling through computer processing
  • Prepares and maintains documentation, including procedures, system specifications, technical documentation, computer training materials and user manuals in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements
  • Works with team members to conduct root cause analysis of issues, review new and existing code and/or perform unit testing
  • Recommends and establishes functional requirements and conducts end-user training, as needed, for assigned applications
  • Effectively communicate business and technical information across the organization, being sensitive to the needs of unique audiences
  • Maintains knowledge of trends and developments in information technology, alerting senior staff of the effects widespread software and hardware revisions, changes, and discontinuation will have on the organizations systems and operations

Required skills/abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to explain technical issues to technical and nontechnical staff
  • Superior understanding of computer and networking hardware and software systems
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to explain technical issues to technical and nontechnical staff
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Experience using a variety of software development technologies including, but not limited to C#, .net, SQL, SSRS, PowerShell
  • Experience with REST, SOAP, etc., preferred
  • Proficient with or able to quickly learn to use a broad array of networking and systems hardware

Education/experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or a related field required
  • At least 5-7 years of experience in business analysis, systems analysis, systems training, systems design, technical support, applications programming, or network design
  • ERP customization experience required
  • Manufacturing experience preferred

Physical requirements and work environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk on the phone, speak with the public, hear on the phone, hear in person, and use hands and fingers. This job requires the employee to sit for prolonged periods with minimal exposure to hot and cold temperature extremes that could be encountered at Ostara’s job sites. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  This job requires close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the office environment is usually low.

Location and travel

Remote. Location of residence St. Louis, MO. A minimum 10% travel requirement is expected.

Benefits

  • You will be a key member of the Ostara team with dynamic coworkers
  • Ostara offers competitive premiums on medical, dental, vision, life and voluntary life benefits, FSA options available for healthcare and daycare
  • We recognize that exercise is important to the health and wellness of everyone; employees are eligible for a health & wellness benefit enhancement
  • Prepare for retirement with Ostara’s 401(k) plan with a 3% match
  • Take time to rest and recharge using your paid vacation days or recover from illness with your sick days
  • Ostara observes eleven holidays during a calendar year

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

To apply please email [email protected] 

Process Engineer

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Position summary

The Process Engineer develops and optimizes continuous production and manufacturing processes to achieve the output, quality, and cost goals of the organization. The Engineer will collect data and apply scientific standards and statistical methods to analyze, document, and diagram production processes. This position will test and monitor equipment, update current system processes, and conduct risk assessments.

Essential functions

  • Supports value creation efforts by analyzing manufacturing process performance and developing key metrics to promote process improvement in safety, environmental, production, quality, value, and yield performance
  • Collaborates with key site and corporate personnel to value and prioritize identified opportunities and outline execution strategies accordingly
  • Gathers and analyzes key performance data on process, product, and equipment to identify strategic improvements that create value
  • Provides process engineering oversight for the entire manufacturing process, from raw materials to final product
  • Effectively works with Operations, Quality and Reliability to improve quality, increase production/yield, and eliminate waste and lead or participate on teams in the execution of improvement projects to accomplish these goals
  • Assists with daily plant optimization of production and efficiencies through monitoring and analysis of operating parameters, troubleshooting plant problems, and identifying energy saving opportunities
  • Maintains key performance indicators and models to assess and optimize process unit health
  • Assists with compliance activities such as Management of Change (MOC), Process Hazard Analyses and the required documentation of Process Safety Information (PSI)

Supervisory responsibilities

  • Schedules, organizes, and assigns projects to members of the Quality team
  • Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with company policy

Required skills/abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to utilize multiple sources of information to determine solutions
  • Ability to apply engineering principles in practical application with strong analytical skills
  • Experience with asset requisitions, capital planning preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software

Education/experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering; chemical or mechanical engineering preferred
  • At least 5 years of production/process engineering experience in manufacturing
  • Specialization in thermodynamics, mass transfer, and fluids preferred
  • Chemical and/or fertilizer manufacturing experience preferred

PPE requirements

  • Safety glasses with side shields, hearing protection, hard hat, steel toed boots
  • Occasional use of a respirator
  • Other PPE as required per task

Physical requirements and work environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, high and precarious places, airborne particles, chemicals, and temperature ranges between 32F and 85F. The noise environment in the work environment is usually loud.

Location and travel

This position is based in St. Louis, Missouri. Travel to Ostara’s existing operating facility in Central Florida will be required during the initial planning phase (and occasionally after commissioning of the St. Louis facility).

Benefits

  • You will be a key member of the Ostara team with dynamic coworkers
  • Ostara offers competitive premiums on medical, dental, vision, life and voluntary life benefits, FSA options available for healthcare and daycare
  • We recognize that exercise is important to the health and wellness of everyone; employees are eligible for a health & wellness benefit enhancement
  • Prepare for retirement with Ostara’s 401(k) plan with a 3% match
  • Take time to rest and recharge using your paid vacation days or recover from illness with your sick days
  • Ostara observes eleven holidays during a calendar year

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

To apply please email [email protected] 

Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis

About Ostara

Ostara is passionate about changing the way the Ag and T&O industry thinks about phosphate management. Our continuing mission is, and will remain, “Feeding the World While Protecting It.”

We believe that passionate people can make a real difference and we are building a culture around innovation, sustainability, efficiency, nimbleness, honesty, compliance, and a sense of urgency to make a positive difference and create real value. Ostara’s Crystal Green® fertilizers are the first granular phosphate fertilizers to release nutrients in response to plant demand. Using Crop Driven Release™, Crystal Green is proven to increase yields, enhance soil health and significantly reduce phosphate tie-up and runoff, thereby improving food security while protecting local waterways from nutrient pollution.

Position summary

The Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis will analyze past financial performance to predict future performance and to advise Ostara on its financial strategy. The Manager will ensure that reports, filings, and documentation comply with Ostara’s regulations, professional standards, and IFRS or GAAP reporting guidelines. This position is responsible for managing the preparation and distribution of periodic financial reports for internal and external stakeholders. The Manager will work directly with operating management to build consensus on the key inputs to the financials and translate those inputs to ensure timely and accurate financial forecasts.

Essential functions

  • Develops and enhances meaningful operational performance reports, scorecards, and metrics to manage daily activity and identify areas for cost and productivity improvements
  • Leads the development of financial and management reporting systems, dashboards, KPI’s, and analysis tools while partnering with operational and business leaders across the organization
  • Analyzes trends, risks, and opportunities, while creating efficient operational models and implementing solutions and opportunities for cost reductions and increased profitability
  • Assists in the development of the annual financial, capital, and operating budgets through close collaboration with operational and business leadership
  • Ensures the business and financial plans are in place to deliver on agreed targets, company objectives and initiatives
  • Supports all ad hoc analyses, areas of opportunity and projects, including pricing changes, other business model revisions, new marketing programs, new business verticals and ventures, discounts, incentive programs, etc.
  • Evaluates internal policies and procedures leading to recommendations and implementation of changes to improve efficiencies
  • Obtains and maintains a thorough understanding of the ERP platforms and processes, financial reporting, and general ledger structure
  • Drafts Board of Director, investor, and external party management presentations for ongoing purposes, including strategic options, M&A valuations, potential equity, and debt offering overviews, MD&A, offering or information memoranda

Required skills/abilities

  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to utilize multiple sources of information to determine solutions
  • Self-motivated with the ability to apply and continually develop technical skills
  • Ability to analyze complex business problems and make sound business decisions
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Thorough understanding of methods of systems analysis and the principles, design, and procedural methods used in data analysis

Education/experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, accounting, or business administration; master’s degree or MBA preferred
  • At least 5 years experience with complex financial modeling and analysis
  • Experience in project management with capital investments, expansions, and business transfers preferred

Physical requirements and work environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk on the phone, speak with the public, hear on the phone, hear in person, and use hands and fingers. This job requires the employee to sit for prolonged periods with minimal exposure to hot and cold temperature extremes that could be encountered at Ostara’s job sites. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. This job requires close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the office environment is usually low.

Location and travel

This position is remote with a preferred location of residence near St. Louis, MO. Travel will be minimal for this position.

Benefits

  • You will be a key member of the Ostara team with dynamic coworkers
  • Ostara offers competitive premiums on medical, dental, vision, life and voluntary life benefits, FSA options available for healthcare and daycare
  • We recognize that exercise is important to the health and wellness of everyone; employees are eligible for a health & wellness benefit enhancement
  • Prepare for retirement with Ostara’s 401(k) plan with a 3% match
  • Take time to rest and recharge using your paid vacation days or recover from illness with your sick days
  • Ostara observes eleven holidays during a calendar year

EEO statement

Ostara is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status, parental status, gender identity or national origin.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Ostara reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities, and activities at any time with or without notice.

To apply please email [email protected].com 

 

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