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CEO - Western Grain Marketing, LLC - Rushville, IL

Western Grain Marketing, LLC is a joint venture between Prairieland FS, Inc. West Central FS, Inc. Sunrise FS and GROWMARK, Inc. All owners of WGM are farmer owned cooperatives. WGM is a leading grain storage, drying, handling, marketing and risk management company with 17 locations across Western Illinois. WGM has storage capacity of over 26 million bushels and handles over 77 million bushels of grain annually. WGM is able to merchandise to class 1 railroads, the Illinois River and the Gulf of Mexico as well as local ethanol plants and processors. WGM is headquartered in Rushville, IL. More information is available at www.westerngrainmarketing.com.





Under the direction of the Western Grain Marketing, LLC Board of Directors, and with guidance from the General Manager of Prairieland FS, Inc., this position is responsible for providing strategic leadership, overall vision and oversight to WGM’s business operations according to the company’s governing documents, its employees, equipment, and facilities. Has overall responsibility to ensure the financial health, well being, image and profitable growth consistent with policies and practices adopted by the board.




Leads the management team in developing, formulating and administering the cooperative’s strategic plans, including strategies, policies and tactics required to reach short-and long-term objectives.


Creates an overall strategic plan for the business operations to ensure overall alignment with organization-wide strategies and business objectives. Makes recommendations to the board of directors to ensure support and operational needs are met and resources are allocated in the most efficient manner. Annually works with the board of directors to develop fiscal year goals that align with the overall strategic plan.


Responsible for building talent by establishing programs and support systems for the recruitment, hiring, training, evaluation, retention, and succession planning for all employees of the company.


Manages business operations with an emphasis on implementing initiatives to increase profits through performance and future-focused productivity improvements. Develops internal reporting and metrics to measure and calibrate the company’s performance against goals and objectives.


Responsible for assessing the company’s origination and merchandising strengths and weaknesses and developing programs which will improve origination and merchandising performance.


Develops and administers annual operating and capital budgets and effectively communicates to the board of directors. Secures necessary approval for fixed asset purchases and leases, contractual obligations, and other matters or transactions requiring board authority.


Develops, reviews, and assesses the long and short-term financial needs of the company. Responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate financial reporting and internal control mechanisms.


Responsible for the procurement and maintenance of and accounting for all working capital, inventory, and equipment of the company.


Responsible for compliance with all company policies and regulatory agencies. Responsible for the prompt reporting of policy violations and irregularities to the board of directors.


Responsible for timely and accurate reporting of all financial, operational, personnel, and marketing issues and activities to the board of directors.



Responsible for achieving a professional image among patrons, employees, owners, and the general public.


Oversees the implementation of training and education programs for all employees.


Performs other duties as assigned.




Normally requires a bachelor’s degree in business or related field and 8 or more years’ experience in a senior level leadership and management capacity.


Demonstrated knowledge of grain marketing, operations, and finance.


Understanding and experience with management-related areas including management strategic thinking, leadership and decision-making; financial performance; organizational analysis and structure, managing change, motivation, policies and procedures, and compliance along with strategic planning, budgeting, and communications.


Demonstrated ability to develop and strengthen partnerships, assess business opportunities, and negotiate appropriate agreements with others inside and outside of the organization.


Proven management and leadership skills including staffing, orientation, coaching, performance evaluations, training, and development, etc. and the ability to achieve results through others.


Proven professional management communication, interpersonal, persuasion, and presentation skills.


Proven organization and planning skills including imparting vision, strategic thinking and planning, and being results oriented.


Demonstrated problem-solving skills including problem analysis, evaluation, and implementation of solutions.


Proven computer skills and the ability to use the computer to enhance business processes.


Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and have the ability to travel independently and overnight when necessary.

We are an equal opportunity employer, including protected veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities. Employment may be contingent upon receipt of an acceptable and job-related background check, drug test, motor vehicle report, and/or reference check, as applicable and permissible by law.


Nearest Major Market: Springfield

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