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Customer Service Associate - Onawa, IA


Location: Onawa

Classification: Full-time

Description: To promote customer sales and service in a manner that will optimize the cooperative’s market share and savings, improves the cooperative’s efficiency, and achieves desired sales and profit goals.

Job Performance Skills:


Accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of his/her work. Acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Doesn’t make excuses or blame others for errors or problems. Carries her/his fair share of the workload.


Comes to work on time every day. Is fully prepared and ready to work at beginning of work schedule and continues until work day is done. Makes appropriate arrangements when adverse weather or other problems might delay on-time arrival. Conforms to work hours and schedule. Lets the supervisor and others know immediately when unexpected problems cause absence, lateness, or the need to leave early.

Communication Skills Presents ideas effectively in formal and informal situations. Conveys thoughts clearly and concisely. Listens actively and attentively; asks good questions. Communicates well in writing. Keeps supervisor and coworkers informed. Shares complete and accurate information with others. Messages have the desired effect.

Customer Focus

Knows his/her customers and can describe their expectations. Manages customer expectations. Meets all of the expectations of both internal and external customers. Gains customers’ trust and respect. Actively seeks customers’ feedback on quality of service he/she provides. Quickly solves customer problems.

Planning and Organizing

Maintains well-organized materials, files, systems and tools. Breaks work down into logical steps. Anticipates and eliminates roadblocks and delays. Stays within allotted time for accomplishing tasks. Completes tasks in the shortest, most efficient manner. Makes sure all parts of a job are completed in full, including follow-up plans and paperwork.

Time Management

Spends her/his time and the time of others on that which is genuinely important. Able to distinguish between the truly important and the merely urgent. Respects customers’ and colleagues’ time in scheduling and conducting meetings. Shows up for meetings on time, fully prepared. Works on tasks in order of importance. Realistically estimates time requirements. Makes up a schedule for jobs and sticks to it. Does work in order of importance; does first things first.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Include but not limited to the following:

Sales, Marketing and Customer Service

• Answer incoming calls as necessary. Gather accurate customer information and relay information to appropriate personnel. Handle and direct customer complaints to the proper personnel

• Provides fast, efficient, and courteous service at all times.

• Ensure all items sold are delivered and charged in a timely manner.

• Bill products picked up by customers

• Keep resource manuals accessible and current

• Attend product updates and service training sessions as required by supervisor

• Be aware of the cooperative’s prices on commodities and services and review with your supervisor as necessary

• Maintain office in neat and orderly fashion

• Promotes the co-op by maintaining a positive image and attitude.

Weighing and Grading

• Responsible for weighing incoming and outgoing grain.

• Assist in settling grain in a timely manner.

• Correctly split tickets for landlords, etc. as directed from farmers.

• Maintain some knowledge and interest in communication with local farm customers concerning commodity prices and trends.

Job Requirements:

• Must have acceptable driving record and be insurable to drive or operate NEW Cooperative vehicles and equipment.

• Must have a 2-year degree or equivalent work experience.

• Must understand the seasonality of the farm supply business and the in-season time commitment

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