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Agro Centre Manager (Lomond, Retail)

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The Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) is a unique, multi-billion-dollar organization based on the fundamental principles of co-operation. It is comprised of a network of approximately 200 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada along with their branch operations, and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). FCL is the wholesaling/manufacturing arm of the CRS, which provides the retail co-ops with a range of products and services. South Country Co-op invites applications for the position of Agro Centre Manager at our location in Lomond, Alberta.

Core Function
Reporting to the Agro Centre Division Manager, the Agro Centre Manager is responsible for the overall operation of the Agro Centre Site, including sales; gross margin and other expense control; department standards; ordering and inventory control; human resources; customer service; administrative duties; and department production and merchandising.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Be a liaison and public relations representative for the Co-op within the communities we serve, by delivering a world-class customer service that is fast, friendly and efficient;
• Provide leadership and direction to employees in accordance with company policies, procedures, programs, merchandising standards and overall expectations;
• Provide leadership and direction in the development and achievement of financial results and facility budget objectives in the areas of sales, margins, expenses and profits;
• Ensure standards of department presentation and operations are met, including cleanliness, sanitation, marketing and sales of bins, feed, livestock equipment.
• Provide leadership in the area of health and safety, loss prevention and environmental due diligence. Assist in identifying unhealthy or unsafe situations and ensure corrective action is taken;
• Provide leadership in the area of employee relations, hiring, training, development, performance management, assigning duties, discipline, recognition, termination, security, union contract compliance, administration of policy and procedures;
• To be accountable for the receiving, inspecting and storage of merchandise in the site;
• To ensure that all merchandise is being inspected and when excessive damage, shrinkage and shortages in inventory are evident that this is communicated to the Agro Division Manager or designate and proper action is taken;
• Perform or assist with the year-end competency reviews and development of work plans;
• Resolve problems that arise, such as customer complaints, supply shortages, and staffing issues.
• Ensure paperwork procedures, as set by South Country Co-op, are followed;
• Observe safety measures and report hazardous conditions immediately to the Agro Division Manager;
• Maintain adequate product inventory levels, perform periodic inventory counts and manage stock control procedures;
• Ensure that site equipment is well maintained and report to Division Manager when repairs or maintenance are required;
• Work closely with Co-op Retail Sales Coordinators and follow programs established by them.
• Network and communicate professionally with suppliers;
• Follow safe front-line loss prevention practices, and maintain a constant alert against unauthorized removal of merchandise;
• Ensures Fertilizer inventory is managed and protected in compliance with management standards and practices to ensure high levels of accuracy and minimal losses.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


• Must have 3-4 years of management experience in Fertilizer, Seed & Chemicals.
• Strong agricultural background is an asset;
• Financial literacy to create budgets, set margins and create work schedules;
• Candidates must demonstrate effective team leadership skills and the ability to work well within a multi-generational team;
• A degree or certificate applicable to the position is an asset, however, not a requirement;
• Candidates must also possess a positive, ambitious attitude, with good communication, organizational, and outstanding interpersonal skills.

South Country Co-op offers the following:

• Very supportive environment that allows for learning, collaboration, growth and professional development.
• Full Benefits Plan including Extended Health Care, Dental, Life Insurance & Long Term Disability
• Employer Matched Pension Plan (6% Matched)
• Employee Family Assistance Program
• Competitive wages paid bi-weekly & Bonus Incentive Plan
• Retail Purchase Rebate
• Employee Referral & Service Recognition Programs
• Tuition Assistance
• Excellent Opportunities for further development and advancement

To be part of our Exciting Story, please submit your resume to:

Please Apply Online or submit a detailed résumé in confidence on or before September 09, 2017 to:

South Country Co-op Limited
100 - 3030 - 13th Avenue SE
Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 1E3
Email: hr@sccoop.ca
Fax: (403) 528-2205

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