Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. Operations Manager - Cattle in Omaha, Nebraska


Green Plains Inc. is a publicly traded Fortune 1000, diversified commodity processing business with agribusiness, ethanol production, cattle feed lot operations, commodity marketing, and distribution services. We are a growth company, recently expanding grain storage facilities, ethanol production and fueling terminal distribution businesses.

Green Plains Cattle Company has an immediate opening for an Operations Manager. This position will be located in the Garden City, Kansas area.

Summary: To manage and coordinate directives of the VP Cattle, through effective communication to Feedyard Managers, the activities involved in feedlot operations in order to meet established productivity and profitability objectives.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities may include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develops, monitors, and is accountable to, the feedlot operating and capital expense budgets in relations to immediate needs and five year plan.

  • Ability to create and maintain operating budgets and show results.

  • Recruiting talent/building bench strength.

  • Assist VP with Leadership Training.

  • Develops and leads Feedyard staff (KPI’s).

  • Oversee Vet & Nutritionist operations.

  • Assist VP with Pharmaceutical Negotiations & other Vendor relations

  • Assist cattle buyers through observation of new cattle arrivals and feedback communication.

  • Assist VP with grid negotiations.

  • Ability to travel & spend multiple nights away from home.

  • Monitor the completion and maintaining of accurate records at all facilities.

  • Work closely with EHSS to ensure that records, activities and required reporting are maintained to comply with environmental safety and regulatory issues.

  • With assistance of EHSS, educate and promote a safe work environment.

  • Ensures that day-to-day yard activities are carried out in an efficient manner through personal observations and meetings (formal/informal) with appropriate yard management and employees.

  • Ensures that supervisors and consultants are directed toward performance goals.

  • Works closely with the Feedyard Manager on current and future purchasing requirements and parameters.

  • Represent Green Plains Cattle Company at state & national events.

  • Assist VP in evaluating Feedyard Managers.

  • Assists in the development and/or improvement of future and existing feedlot operations and procedures.


Minimum Experience and Education:

Typically requires 5 to 10 years of successful experience in feedlot operations, including some supervisory or management experience. A good understanding of OSHA/HACCP guidelines is needed as well as an understanding of the cattle accounting system. Excellent communication and leadership skills required. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) skills are a plus; must be computer literate.

  • Language Ability: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

  • Math Ability: Ability to perform basic math functions and calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, etc.

  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

  • Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software, Spreadsheet software, Accounting software, and Internet software. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrate Leadership for Others: Display consistent skills, behaviors, and attitudes congruent with the values and strategies of Green Plains Cattle Company; model high performing level of motivation, performance and personal integrity that others strive to emulate; match actions and words.

  • Travel: Will be expected monthly – up to 80% of the time.

  • Know the Organization: Understand the organization, strategic objectives, structure; work effectively within the organization to achieve results; work continuously to make linkages and build networks within the organization.

  • Exercise Sound Business Judgment: Shows mental discipline and toughness; makes decisions that are based on logical assumptions that reflect the good of the organization; takes reasonable risks to achieve significant gain.

  • Administer Effectively: Monitor daily implementation of activities, projects, policies and procedures; notice errors and gaps; keep detailed and accurate records; process paperwork promptly and follow up on important details.

  • Manage Finances: Understand the financial implications of various actions; make effective use of various sources of financial information (e.g., operating reports, spreadsheets, etc.) establish and meet realistic budget goals based on sound cost analysis; take continuous action to control costs while maintaining high quality performance.

  • Demonstrate Technical/Functional Skills: Meet or exceed technical/functional expectations.

  • Facilitate Work: Provide consistent, clear work direction relative to current priorities; delegate and assign work based on employee skill, experience and development needs; monitor work progress against goals; manage conflicting requirements; remove obstacles; instill a sense of urgency relative to task.

  • Demonstrate Interpersonal Skills: Communicate in an open, straight forward, honest and respectful style; check for message clarity; understand the effect the communication style has on others, including nonverbal communications; plan for and adapt to the wide variety of communication preferences and needs of others.

  • Build Effective Teams: Develop an understanding of and assesses group dynamics; take action to enhance the productivity and collaboration among subordinates and peers; create an environment that encourages and reinforces teamwork.

  • Take Initiative: Assume responsibility for necessary actions or problems resolution; appropriately initiate behavior on projects or initiatives without requiring explicit management direction or guidance; know when management involvement is required and seek it out.

  • Remain Objective: Keep personal feelings in check; remain impartial; gather relevant data before taking action.

  • Integrity: Deal with others in an honest, ethical and fair manner; act in ways that are consistent with beliefs: openly address conflicts when they arise; provide clear and appropriate reasons for decisions.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Green Plains Cattle Company. offers competitive pay; a generous benefit package; paid holidays, vacation and sick time; retirement savings plan; flexible spending accounts; and more.

All potential employees of Green Plains Cattle Company. will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening and background check prior to employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Requisition Number: 17-0227

Title: Operations Manager - Cattle

Employment Type: Full Time

Work Hours: Day plus Extended Hours

City: Omaha

State: NE

Post Date: 8/8/2017