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Shipping Lead

by Jun 23, 2022

Ames, IA - Full Time

Job Posting:  6/22/2022         FLSA Status: Hourly, non-exempt

Location: Ames, IA         Supervisory: No

Team: Manufacturing       Reports to: Production Supervisor

The Culture

Ag Leader was born from a passion and determination to transform agriculture forever. In 1992, Ag Leader changed the industry by bringing real-time yield data to farmers’ fingertips. Today, more than 25 years later, Ag Leader has become a global team providing year-round solutions to meet the needs of production agriculture. We are improving the lives of farmers around the world by helping them plan, plant, apply, and harvest more efficiently and profitably. And we aren’t slowing down. Ready to use your talent to implement change? Join our team of innovators continuing to revolutionize agriculture. 

The Opportunity

Do you desire to take on a leadership role at Ag Leader? Team Lead roles challenge individuals to expand leadership, organization and communication skills. You will directly impact employee morale by serving as role model for operators and fostering a positive work environment. You will become a facilitating member of the production process and flow, as well as knowledge expert for your department.

The Right Person Will

  • Have the ability to see big picture for tasks, processes and company goals
  • Work well in a team environment, as well as perform under stress when confronted with deadlines or unusual situations
  • Have the ability to make decisions with minimal supervision or guidance when necessary
  • Demonstrate attention to detail, perform precision work within set limits, tolerances or standards
  • Desire the opportunity to model what it means to be a good employee and set the tone for a positive work environment


  • Assist in providing direction to team members
  • Assist in coordinating tasks to assure maximum productivity, align labor needs and set priorities to meet production & customer needs
  • Assist in onboarding new employees and training job tasks and general skills to Ag Leader quality standards
  • Field team member questions and problem solve as issues arise
  • Follow quality control, Kanban and 5s procedures
  • Inspect finished product for acceptable quality and errors, identify non-conforming material and log appropriately. Determine cause of non-conforming material.
  • Identify product test fails, assign DMRs where needed
  • Contribute to discussions on daily walkthrough, especially in regards to department goals, productivity and areas of improvement
  • Efficiently keep the department supplied with orders and jobs to meet demand, schedule on-demand when necessary
  • Complete minor repairs on-demand within the department
  • Communicate to supervisor and engineering any equipment or machinery in need of repairs
  • Help maintain accurate training records which support our QMS and ISO 9001 certification
  • Follow proper procedures for using Epicor, Machine Down, Gold Standard, Order Tracker, Production Loader and Job Manager
  • Maintain accurate copies of work instructions for department
  • Assist with new product introductions, be the first point of contact for feedback on what it will look like from an operator’s perspective, forecast issues and identify efficiencies
  • Communicate, cross-train and problem solve with other departments
  • As necessary, must be able to operate production equipment with confidence, up to and including, production vehicles (WAVE), hand tools, etc.
  • Where applicable, perform annual re-certification trainings for all operators
  • Where applicable, record and create job receipts for finished product for transfer to shipping/distribution

Shipping Specific Responsibilities

  • Schedule orders on demand for the department; LTLs, OEMs and International orders
  • Direct shipping team in preparing outgoing shipments on a daily basis
  • Coordinate with customers on delivery of orders
  • Prepare BOLs and check items against to be shipped
  • Pull finished orders and load trucks accordingly
  • Stage orders, prepare labels, ensure accurate set up for loading trucks and shipments
  • Ensure safe and accurate loading of orders
  • Assist with month-end inventory counts
  • Assist with weekly inventory checks of raw materials and packaging material levels
  • Ensure clean and orderly warehouse/shipping area at all times

Qualifications & Skills

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Previous knowledge of Ag Leader production process is desired
  • Basic computer knowledge and ability to utilize computer to perform daily tasks
  • Proven ability to handle work environment pressure(s) while multi-tasking
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Capable of communicating appropriately and effectively, specifically while leading a team and providing direction
  • Flexibility to stay late as necessary
  • Must be able to sit/stand for up to 8 hours with scheduled breaks


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