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Agronomist Sales Manager (Sawyer, ND)

Wilbur-Ellis Company
United States, North Dakota, Sawyer
14103 139th Street Southeast (Show on map)
Oct 16, 2023

Are you someone who loves interacting with customers and closing deals? Do you thrive in an environment that puts people first and invests heavily in its team? Would you benefit from a job with autonomy, flexibility, and terrific rewards and benefits? Does a workplace with an entrepreneurial spirit get you excited?

If this sounds like you, we want to help you grow with us! For over a century, Wilbur-Ellis has experienced success in marketing and distributing agricultural products and services. Join us and grow your career with a strong and profitable industry leader offering competitive compensation, tremendous growth and development opportunities, and a people-first work environment. To see career growth opportunities at Wilbur-Ellis, click the following link:

Read on to learn more and apply for this role!

General Purpose and Scope of Position

The Sales Manager provides leadership and direction to the field sales and management team within their defined geography. The Sales Manager offers guidance and support with product selection, pricing, and forecasting, as well as assisting in aligning the business with current and future agronomic trends and practices. The Sales Manager also offers assistance with recruitment, training, and performance management of the field sales force.

Key Skills and Abilities include

  • Deep working knowledge of local agricultural crops and market practices
  • Provides clear direction and can motivate individuals and teams
  • Strong service orientation to Wilbur-Ellis customers
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Proficient in working with MS Office Suite

Key Personal Attributes Include

  • Ability to develop teams and demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Ability to influence cross-functional teams and stakeholders without formal authority.
  • Commitment to performance development with direct reports
  • Skilled at managing multiple projects
  • Strong organizational skills and project planning
  • Excellent communication skills

Specific Responsibilities and Key Deliverables Include:

  • Communicate WECO strategy and associated goals to salespeople/managers in a positive way.
  • Offer business and agronomic support to the sales team with particular emphasis on less experienced salespeople
  • Assist in hiring and alignment of salespeople within geographies and customers
  • Act as a mentor in the overall career development of new sales personnel
  • Utilize the VIP program and Talent Gateway to establish measurable and challenging goals for sales personnel.

  • As part of an overall performance management plan, conduct annual performance reviews and assist and advise with sales team performance reviews.
  • Suggest and coordinate effective sales team training in skill development and growth.
  • Establish and maintain a direct relationship with key customers within the region in collaboration with the salesperson working directly with that customer
  • Identify potential new customers, devise a sales plan, and execute
  • Assist Customer Financial Services Manager and sales with credit issues
  • Provide pricing and margin guidance for the geography
  • Provide guidance to sales on complaint handling and overall risk management
  • Responsible for budgeting, forecasting, analysis, and communication of the financial performance objectives for the region.
  • Assist branch operations in the annual budgeting process
  • Drive customer segmentation process with follow-up guidance i.e. pricing, time spent, etc.
  • Work with Operations Management and SME's including; fertilizer, value-added nutrition, technology, branded products, seed, and Plant Protection Products (P3) purchasing to maximize sales opportunities.
  • Assist field sales with a customer sales plan for each potential product segment: PPP, seed, nutrition, technology, and services.
  • Regularly communicate the customer management plan including initiatives, objectives, and strategies with Area management, sales, and operations.
  • Provide leadership of the product use forecasting process for the region
  • Communicate with Area Management and purchasing on product selection, pricing, and overall strategy

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Minimum of five years of experience in the agriculture business with demonstrated track record in sales and marketing or location management
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Agriculture or Business related field is preferred

Compensation and Benefits:

  • In compliance with all states and cities requiring transparency of pay, the base compensation for this position ranges from $116,500 - $163,030. Note that salary may vary based on location, skills, and experience. This position is eligible for an annual discretionary bonus and vacation, holidays, health, dental, vision, mental health, retirement plans, and other benefits.


Wilbur-Ellis is a company you can be proud to call your employer

Wilbur-Ellis markets and distributes agricultural products, animal feed, specialty chemicals, and food ingredients. A privately held and consistently profitable company, we employ more than 4,000 people throughout North America and Asia-Pacific.

Wilbur-Ellis is for and about people

Wilbur-Ellis has enjoyed over 100 years of success and growth, all thanks to our people. Our employees are both leaders and team players who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a dedication to quality work, our customers, and each other.

Wilbur-Ellis invests in the industry's best workforce

Wilbur-Ellis invests heavily in our employees by offering skill development and training, competitive compensation and benefits, and a tradition of promoting from within for a broad range of career opportunities. And we foster a supportive, people-first work environment.

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