Operates a commercial motor vehicle tractor and trailer combination to transport agricultural products between Southern States Cooperative, Inc. (SSC) facilities and to customer sites within a designated region. Load types may include dry and liquid bulk products, equipment, and/or packaged merchandise. Products are based on division and facility location, and range from fertilizer, crop protectants and treatment products, to feed, seed, and farm supplies. Represents SSC in a professional manner to customers. Assists with various warehouse and facility operations. Strictly adheres to government regulations and SSC operating procedures while working independently. Vehicles meet Class A designation from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (any combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds).
Essential Job Functions
Communicate with facility management and counterparts to assess daily merchandise delivery and operations needs. Assist with planning delivery schedules and routes.
Safely operate tractor and trailer combinations including: flat bed, liquid nurse tanker, dry tender, and Killebrew dump trailer. Equipment and load type vary by division and location. Transport dry and liquid bulk products, farm supplies, equipment, and/or packaged merchandise to proper destinations in accordance with SSC polices, DOT regulations and local traffic laws.
Load or assist with loading of dry and liquid bulk products. Verify load documentation and inventory availability. Effectively operate equipment controls on trailer and at facility according to standard operating procedures for bulk loading. Monitor scales, meters, gauges, and terminal controls to verify weight/quantity. Utilize proper equipment to load or assist with loading palleted merchandise, equipment, and farm supplies.
Off-load or assist with off-loading merchandise at destination by either dropping trailer, dispensing from tank, or utilizing forklift and material handling equipment to unload palleted merchandise, equipment and farm supplies. Review shipping documentation with customers. May load bulk fertilizer and crop protectant products into spreading vehicles.
Perform pre- and post-trip vehicle safety inspections. Maintain mileage and fuel logs. Review and complete shipping documentation including bills of lading, reports, documentation, and automated systems accurately and in a timely manner according to standard operating procedures for documentation. Review all documents prepared by receiving team members.
Represent SSC in a positive manner through professional and courteous communication with customers and business partners. Review account details with customers during deliveries. Provide information on delivered products and equipment. Collect account payments. Confirm future deliveries with customers to maintain their required inventory.
Properly utilize and maintain equipment and vehicles. Perform routine preventive maintenance and repair to keep equipment and vehicles in good working condition. Notify supervisor of vehicle and equipment service needs to ensure timely repair or replacement.
Depending upon location, may perform a variety of functions to assist team with daily operations, including but not limited to: taking soil samples at customer locations, mixing bulk fertilizer according to custom formulas, loading customer vehicles, utilizing a forklift or other material handling equipment, and performing warehouse operations including receiving and inventory management.
Depending upon business need, may also operate box trucks, pick-up trucks, flat beds, and/or other commercial vehicles to transport merchandise between SSC facilities and customer farms, production sites, and residences. Deliver, handle, load and unload a variety of packaged merchandise, including: seed, fertilizer, crop protectants and treatment products, feed, farm supplies, equipment, and/or plant material.
Maintain a clean and orderly work area by keeping tools, equipment and supplies in proper places. Minimize waste and properly dispose of waste material. Perform all related cleaning of equipment, vehicle and work areas according to Housekeeping Plan and SSC procedures.
Perform work safely as to not cause harm to yourself, customers, property, co-workers, equipment, or inventory. Utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required. Operate all equipment and vehicles according to SSC policy and government regulations. Comply with OSHA regulations, Southern States Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) standards, work rules and policies.
Perform all other job functions as assigned.Education: Requires a High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)
Experience: Requires six (6) months of Class A commercial driving experience. Knowledge of agricultural industry and related products strongly preferred. Previous Southern States work experience a plus.
Licenses: Licensing requirements vary by location and are based on state/federal regulations.
Requires valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
May also require one or more of the following, or the ability to obtain: Hazardous Materials Endorsement, Tanker Endorsement, Licensing for Pesticides and related products, Forklift Certification
This position requires the safe operation of a motor vehicle to perform essential job functions and mandatory compliance with the SSC motor vehicle safety policy
Must be licensed to operate vehicles meeting Class A designation from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Any combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds)
Able to effectively apply knowledge of a variety of agricultural products, services, and agricultural operations
Able to work well independently and follow safety, quality control and operating procedures at all times
Able to effectively operate a forklift, hand truck, pallet jack, and other industrial equipment
Able to effectively apply knowledge of how machines and mechanical processes work to troubleshoot and perform general maintenance and repair of equipment and vehicles
Able to communicate with customers in a professional manner
Able to utilize GPS equipment
Computer literacy to operate SSC business systems
Able to add, subtract, multiply, divide and calculate percentages in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals
Attention to detail
Able to speak, read, write the English language in a proficient manner
Able to complete logs and paperwork in a legible, organized, and timely manner
Able to calmly and effectively work with time constraints and deadlines
Able to demonstrate team work and flexibility to meet customer and business needs
Able to work extended hours to meet business demands
Primarily performs essential job functions driving SSC commercialmotor vehicles, in a warehouse environment that experiences seasonal temperatures and humidity, and outdoors where there may not be protection from weather conditions.
Frequently exposed to hazards including:
Moving mechanical parts and vehicles
Vibrations associated with operating a motor vehicle throughout the workday
Noise levels where hearing protection is optional per PPE Plan
Dust, odors, fumes and hazardous chemicals associated with warehousing, distribution, loading and unloading of fertilizer, crop protectants, feed, seed, farm supplies and related products.
Schedule will vary based upon location. Must be able to work an alternate shift or schedule as determined by business need. Overtime may be required. Ability to report to work in adverse weather conditions is required.
Physical Activities & Requirements
Continuously bend, crouch, stoop; drive motorized equipment; finger and handle controls, tools and equipment; reach with arms and hands for extended periods while driving and operating equipment; utilize hands in repetitive motion; utilize eye/hand/foot coordination; twist back and neck. Pull, push, lift, carry up to 50 pounds.
Frequently balance, kneel, shovel, stack, sweep; climb steps in and out of vehicle throughout the shift; stand and walk for extended periods on uneven surfaces; utilize feet in repetitive motion. Pull, push, lift, carry 50-80 pounds, may be assisted.
Occasionally pull, push, lift, carry 80-100 pounds, may be assisted.
Must be able to hear vehicle and equipment sounds, co-workers and radio. Must be able to speak to co-workers and customers regarding operations and safety. Specific vision abilities required by this position include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Tools & Equipment
Hard hat, steel toed shoes, safety glasses, gloves, front-end loader, forklift, pallet-jack/handcart, manuals, forms, spreadsheets, telephone, writing instrument. Additional personal protective equipment as required by any and all product warning labels. Commercial motor vehicles and specialized tools and equipment, all of which may vary by location.
Southern States Cooperative, Inc., is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against individuals based on their race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, family medical history or genetic information, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws, or regulations.