Employment Opportunities

Established in 1951, Huron Bay Co-operative proudly serves 2,500 members and rural residents in the counties of Bruce, West Grey and North Huron. The co-operative provides products, services and expertise in agronomy, energy, and feed in addition to serving local communities through its ACE branded farm stores and garden centres. Huron Bay Co-operative is a member-owner of GROWMARK, Inc., a large regional wholesale supply co-operative, and markets such products and services under the FS banner.

 

Current Opportunities

 

Energy Service Technician – Walkerton

Under the direction of the Energy Manager, the Service Technician 1 is accountable for; the safe operation, maintenance, installation, and/or security of equipment and machinery, such as Cardlocks, petroleum equipment, propane equipment and facilities and/or vehicles, while ensuring government codes are met. This position requires a Gas Technician 2 (G2) certification, a TSSA PM3 license is considered an asset.

The Service Technician 1 delivers value to customers in the areas of home heating, farm accounts, and commercial accounts by conducting service work and repairs, as well as providing general labour inside and outside the facility as required by the Manager.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Follows service schedules with emphasis on time and cost efficiency, while ensuring dependable service is provided to all customers.
  • Handles customer inquiries.
  • Delivers, installs and removes Energy Department equipment for customers, while ensuring all government and TSSA codes are met. Significant work/projects are first discussed with the Energy Manager or the Service Technician 2.
  • Provides back-up for the Energy Drivers.
  • Maintains fuel and propane equipment and/or vehicles, including Cardlocks, such as cleaning, painting, lubricating parts, checking fluid levels, refilling equipment tanks, and replacing filters in order to improve performance. Maintains freshly painted tanks and equipment with fresh logos and is expected to properly identify tanks that need refurbishing.
  • Monitors parts and equipment inventory levels. Under direction of the Manager/ Service Technician 2, orders parts and ensures product inventories are maintained to service customers. Conducts inventory counts and assists with review of variance reports.
  • Ensures that all associated documentation, including shipping and receiving, TSSA forms, and billing information is accurate and completed according to schedule.
  • Ensures Energy yard and parts building are organized and maintained in accordance with HBC guidelines and the Manager’s expectations.
  • Provides general labour, including good housekeeping and operates equipment safely and efficiently inside and/or outside the facility as required
  • Represents HBC in a competent and professional manner. Maintains assigned company vehicle in a manner which promotes company image.
  • Assists in other areas as required.
  • Maintains proper personal image and care of company assets.
  • Working as part of the HBC team, ensures that company objectives, customer service levels, employee relations and inter-branch relations are improved and promoted.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Generally requires a high school diploma or equivalent, or a combination of experience and training to provide the required knowledge and skills regarding the installation and removal of petroleum / propane equipment. Normally trained in several of the following of the following: G3, G2, OBT, PM3, CPPI (petroleum handling), Fuel Fire and Spills Response, ROT (propane handling), Propane Pump Attendant, Lifting Devices (forklift and crane) and Transportation of Dangerous Goods.
  • Must also possess or the ability to obtain a valid DZ driver’s license; a driving abstract that represents a history of safe operation, as well as the ability to maintain insurability.
  • Understanding and experience with fuel/propane equipment maintenance and installation and related inventory management with proven knowledge regarding the tank installation process in accordance with TSSA.
  • Demonstrates safe driving techniques, with ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and efficiently in adverse road, weather, and traffic conditions; demonstrated time management such as determining cost efficient scheduling of maintenance and repairs.
  • Demonstrates ability to read maps, follow specific delivery directions and instructions, follow posted safety rules and safe operating procedures to ensure proper techniques are performed; write and make accurate entries in daily report.
  • Demonstrates basic math skills, such as the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure and understanding of basic computer skills as they relate to the position.
  • Ability to work independently, and in a team-oriented environment.
  • May be required to work extended hours, particularly during peak seasons.

For confidential consideration, qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to lcolvin@huronbaycoop.ca by the end of the day on Friday October 30, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for in interview will be contacted.

 

Crop Specialist – Walkerton

Huron Bay Co-operative is currently accepting resumes for the position of Crop Specialist for our Walkerton Fertilizer Plant location. Under the direction of the General / Sales Manager, the Crop Specialist performs a consultative sales and service function to the area crop producers including agronomic solutions, sales, crop scouting, and product logistics to achieve maximum sales profitability and growth, within an assigned territory.

We are looking for a self-motivated individual that takes pride in creating a positive and efficient team environment.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Develops and implements clear and effective written marketing plans and sales strategies that generate profitable sales to existing and prospective customers in the assigned territory.
  • Utilizes target marketing and professional sales techniques, prepares written proposals/quotations when calling on regular and prospective growers based on prospective customer lists from HBC sales history, producer organizations, and other sources.
  • Creates and manages a customer value plan by providing value-added agronomic products, services, and recommendations on a frequent basis. This includes demonstrating products and services to assist them in selecting those best suited to their needs.
  • Maintains regular contact with customers to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction, and expedites the resolution of customer problems and complaints, by seeking a reasonable “win/win” solution.
  • Represents HBC at meetings, providing information, communications and general leadership at local events.
  • Scouts crops on a frequent basis to ensure they meet the appropriate agronomic conditions and makes proper recommendations regarding ways to improve and increase customer satisfaction; Collects soil samples using proper procedures and records soil sample information for proper identification and analysis.
  • Maintains accurate area records and reports, records of all sales and prospecting activities including sales calls, presentations, closed sales, and follow-up activities within their assigned territory, in order to develop a competitive analysis and to maximize territory potential.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of product applications, technical services, market conditions, competitive activities, advertising, and promotional trends through the reading of pertinent literature and consulting with marketing and technical service areas.
  • Ensures HBC field signs are displayed on customers’ fields to promote HBC products.
  • Uses “Focus 5 and Target 15” lists to identify progressive customers and to coordinate the sharing of these lists between energy, agronomy, and feed sales representatives.
  • Quotes prices, and prepares sales contracts for orders obtained and promotes the use of credit programs as a sales tool and helps provide the required information to establish credit.
  • Assists Branch locations with various duties including inventory counts and inventory management.
  • Adheres to all HBC policies, procedures, and business ethics codes in all areas, e.g.: safety, credit, proper management of assets, pricing, uniforms, etc.
  • Ensures that all customer orders, invoices, bills of lading and vendor bills of lading are complete, accurately, extended and returned to the office for processing as soon as possible.
  • Maintains proper personal image and care of company assets, including maintenance and appearance of assigned company vehicle.
  • Working as part of the HBC team, ensures that company objectives, customer service levels, employee relations and inter- branch relations are improved and promoted.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Normally requires a minimum of a college diploma or a university degree in agriculture, marketing, or other related discipline. The Crop Specialist 1 has acquired or is working to acquire CCA (Certified Crop Advisor) and Certified Crop Specialist (CCS) designations.
  • Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and communication skills, oral, and written, to effectively present information; Uses appropriate selling techniques and approaches when meeting with people from different levels, positions, and backgrounds. Explores needs; responds to questions; discusses solutions and options; describes features and benefits; demonstrates the added value of solutions to the customer; addresses objections and closes sales.
  • Proven ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Proven ability to plan and organize personal sales strategy by maximizing the return on time investment for the assigned territories. Ability to work independently, in a team-oriented environment, and achieve results through others.
  • Demonstrated mathematical skills with the ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts interest, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply these concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently work with Microsoft office computer programs in order to maintain client database system, send and receive electronic mail, perform word processing, access information over the internet and develop spreadsheets or graphic documents to enhance business processes.
  • Demonstrated strong reasoning ability to solve practical problems and handle customer and/or operational issues and effectively explore alternatives and positions to reach outcomes that gain all parties’ support and acceptance.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and a clean driving abstract, and additionally be able to obtain various licenses, permits and/or certificates as required for this position.
  • May be required to work extended hours, particularly during peak seasons. Occasional over-night travel may be required.
  • May be required to be trained in the following: Chemical Handling and Spills Response, Defensive Driving Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Lifting Devices, Exterminator, Pesticide Vendor.

For confidential consideration, qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to lcolvin@huronbaycoop.ca by the end of the day on Friday Oct 30, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Student Store Clerk – Belgrave

Huron Bay Co-operative is currently accepting resumes for the position of the Store Clerk (Student) for our Belgrave Store location. Under direction of the Area and Store Manager, the Store Clerk promotes good customer service and relations by assisting customers in Huron Bay retail stores and garden centers.

We are looking for a self-motivated individual that takes pride in creating a positive and efficient team environment.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Promotes and maintains positive image for HBC and the store. Enhances the store’s general appearance and provides a pleasant shopping environment.
  • Provides services to customers by assisting them in locating products, directing them to appropriate areas and/or to senior staff for additional assistance.
  • Assists customers in loading goods, ensuring all shipping documentation is accurate and complete.
  • Ensures that store merchandising is complete and current, including timely effective in-store displays.
  • Ensures assigned product departments are stocked, labeled, clean and well merchandised.
  • Ensures outdoor displays are clean, tidy, current and exist.
  • Assists with inventory control and management.
  • Orders product only under supervision; receives and checks orders ensuring that quantities, quality and costing are correct and that all associated documentation is complete.
  • Prices product only under supervision within established guidelines.
  • Follows all legislated and company policies especially with respect to handling sales, credit, sales invoices, receiving vouchers, ordering procedures, inventory, cash handling, health and safety and security.
  • Assists with maintenance and housekeeping in store, warehouse and storage areas.
  • Assists with outdoor maintenance including windows and doors, grass cutting, and flower beds if applicable.
  • Assists with monthly/annual inventory counts.
  • Maintains current working knowledge of energy, feed and crop products, programs, order procedures and invoicing.
  • Assists in other areas as required.
  • Maintains proper personal image and care of company assets.
  • Working as part of the HBC team; Ensures that company objectives, customer service levels, employee relations and inter- branch relations are improved and promoted.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proven ability to work independently, or in a team-oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of product merchandising techniques and strategies and inventory management experience would be an asset.
  • A valid driver’s license although not required would be an asset to facilitate travel to meetings.

For confidential consideration, qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to lcolvin@huronbaycoop.ca by the end of the day on Wednesday November 4, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Store Clerk – Mildmay

Huron Bay Co-operative is currently accepting resumes for the position of Store Clerk for our Mildmay Store location. Under direction of the Area and Store Manager, the Store Clerk promotes good customer service and relations by assisting customers in Huron Bay retail stores and garden centers.

We are looking for a self-motivated individual that takes pride in creating a positive and efficient team environment.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Promotes and maintains positive image for HBC and the store. Enhances the store’s general appearance and provides a pleasant shopping environment.
  • Provides services to customers by assisting them in locating products, directing them to appropriate areas and/or to senior staff for additional assistance.
  • Assists customers in loading goods, ensuring all shipping documentation is accurate and complete.
  • Ensures that store merchandising is complete and current, including timely effective in-store displays.
  • Ensures assigned product departments are stocked, labeled, clean and well merchandised.
  • Ensures outdoor displays are clean, tidy, current and exist.
  • Assists with inventory control and management.
  • Orders product only under supervision; receives and checks orders ensuring that quantities, quality and costing are correct and that all associated documentation is complete.
  • Prices product only under supervision within established guidelines.
  • Follows all legislated and company policies especially with respect to handling sales, credit, sales invoices, receiving vouchers, ordering procedures, inventory, cash handling, health and safety and security.
  • Assists with maintenance and housekeeping in store, warehouse and storage areas.
  • Assists with outdoor maintenance including windows and doors, grass cutting, and flower beds if applicable.
  • Assists with monthly/annual inventory counts.
  • Maintains current working knowledge of energy, feed and crop products, programs, order procedures and invoicing.
  • Assists in other areas as required.
  • Maintains proper personal image and care of company assets.
  • Working as part of the HBC team; Ensures that company objectives, customer service levels, employee relations and inter- branch relations are improved and promoted.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Normally requires a high school diploma, college diploma, or equivalent, or a combination of experience and training to provide the required knowledge and skills to ensure customers receive exceptional customer service and the retail store is operated in an efficient manner while meeting budgeted guidelines.
  • Proven ability to work independently, or in a team-oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of product merchandising techniques and strategies and inventory management experience would be an asset.
  • A valid driver’s license although not required would be an asset to facilitate travel to meetings.

For confidential consideration, qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to lcolvin@huronbaycoop.ca by the end of the day on Tuesday November 3, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Store Clerk – Belgrave

Huron Bay Co-operative is currently accepting resumes for the position of Store Clerk for our Belgrave Store location. Under direction of the Area and Store Manager, the Store Clerk promotes good customer service and relations by assisting customers in Huron Bay retail stores and garden centers.

We are looking for a self-motivated individual that takes pride in creating a positive and efficient team environment.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Promotes and maintains positive image for HBC and the store. Enhances the store’s general appearance and provides a pleasant shopping environment.
  • Provides services to customers by assisting them in locating products, directing them to appropriate areas and/or to senior staff for additional assistance.
  • Assists customers in loading goods, ensuring all shipping documentation is accurate and complete.
  • Ensures that store merchandising is complete and current, including timely effective in-store displays.
  • Ensures assigned product departments are stocked, labeled, clean and well merchandised.
  • Ensures outdoor displays are clean, tidy, current and exist.
  • Assists with inventory control and management.
  • Orders product only under supervision; receives and checks orders ensuring that quantities, quality and costing are correct and that all associated documentation is complete.
  • Prices product only under supervision within established guidelines.
  • Follows all legislated and company policies especially with respect to handling sales, credit, sales invoices, receiving vouchers, ordering procedures, inventory, cash handling, health and safety and security.
  • Assists with maintenance and housekeeping in store, warehouse and storage areas.
  • Assists with outdoor maintenance including windows and doors, grass cutting, and flower beds if applicable.
  • Assists with monthly/annual inventory counts.
  • Maintains current working knowledge of energy, feed and crop products, programs, order procedures and invoicing.
  • Assists in other areas as required.
  • Maintains proper personal image and care of company assets.
  • Working as part of the HBC team; Ensures that company objectives, customer service levels, employee relations and inter- branch relations are improved and promoted.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Normally requires a high school diploma, college diploma, or equivalent, or a combination of experience and training to provide the required knowledge and skills to ensure customers receive exceptional customer service and the retail store is operated in an efficient manner while meeting budgeted guidelines.
  • Proven ability to work independently, or in a team-oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of product merchandising techniques and strategies and inventory management experience would be an asset.
  • A valid driver’s license although not required would be an asset to facilitate travel to meetings.

For confidential consideration, qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to lcolvin@huronbaycoop.ca by the end of the day on Wednesday November 4, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Branch Accounting Clerk – Belgrave

Huron Bay Co-operative is currently accepting resumes for the position of Branch Accounting Clerk at our Belgrave location. Under direction of the Store Manager and Controller, the Branch Accounting Clerk is responsible for accurately receiving product into the computer on a daily basis and ensuring that all products are at current and accurate costs. Producing day end reports and balancing branch deposits to computer system. Preparing month end inventory reports and reviewing all reports, balancing actual inventory to book inventory. They also assist in customer service at the store counter.

We are looking for a self-motivated individual that takes pride in creating a positive and efficient team environment.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Accurately prepares purchase orders to receive store, feed and crop products on a daily basis.
  • Prepares daily bank deposits and balances to computer reports.
  • Processes and prints end of day reports from the computer system.
  • Works closely with store, feed and crop staff.
  • Understands and has knowledge of products in the feed, crops, store and energy sections.
  • Ensures that all products are received at current cost.
  • Works on store counter, selling product to customers, prepares invoices and accepts payments from customers.
  • Handles customer account queries and takes necessary action to satisfy the customer.
  • Ensures all month end cutoffs are completed and all necessary reporting is provided.
  • Advises Area/Store Manager (or Controller as requested) of any irregularities of money or inventory.
  • Answers incoming telephone calls and directs calls to proper staff.
  • Filing, photocopying and general office procedures.
  • Understands and follows all Corporate, Legislative and Health & Safety and Environmental policies and procedures.
  • Maintains proper personal image and care of company assets.
  • Working as part of the HBC team, ensures that company objectives, customer service levels, employee relations and inter- branch relations are improved and promoted.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Three to five years experience in accounting and sufficient course work to provide level of accounting expertise needed to perform complex accounting reconciliations
  • Demonstrated communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with internal and external contacts.
  • Proven organizational skills with the ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines during the daily, weekly, monthly and annual account close cycles.
  • Ability to operate computers with a working knowledge of word-processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Ability to work without close supervision and be proactive in providing supplier and inventory support regarding related accounting activities.

For confidential consideration, qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to lcolvin@huronbaycoop.ca by the end of the day on Wednesday November 4, 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.