Operations Supervisor – Seattle, WA 98119

This position coordinates shipping and receiving operations and directs inbound and outbound grain shipments at a high-capacity export grain elevator for a global merchandiser and processor of agricultural goods.


Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions

Rail Unload Operations

  • Performs daily rail unloading operations
  • Processes car lists and grade information on incoming trains from the web and Kansas City office
  • Write up track list of inbound railcars and enter them into a computer
  • Collect grain samples as needed
  • Enter grain grade details into the inventory system
  • Release empty railcars from the railroad website and elevator computer system.

Ship Loading Operations

  • Monitor ship loading activities
  • Meet the load order requirements
  • Adjust stocks in the inventory program daily
  • Blend grain and communicate with the stevedores who load grain to ensure that instructions on load orders and practices set forth in the U.S. Grain Standards Act are followed.

Safety and Administrative Operations

  • Perform inspections in the elevator including: safety, housekeeping and mechanical equipment.
  • Inspect rail yards and grounds around the facility
  • Ensure that all safety equipment is in good working order
  • Work with maintenance personnel to schedule work to be performed.
  • Issue required Company permits for required tasks
  • Indoctrinate new laborers as needed
  • Conduct safety meetings and monitors elevator employees and outside contractors to ensure that all Safety and Company policies are followed
  • Data entry of Longshore payroll to the PMA on a weekly basis.
  • Assist the management team in maintenance, logistics and overall operations as needed.

Company Conformance Statements

In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:

  • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
  • Interact professionally with co-workers, Company business associates and the general public.
  • Work together in a cooperative spirit to serve the best interests of the Company.
  • Operate in a fully responsible manner and comply with the law and Company policy.

Equipment Used

  • Typical office equipment: PC, telephone, fax/scanner/copy machine, mobile phone, truck/rail scales, bulk material handling equipment

Working Conditions

  • Portions of the day will be spent in a climate-controlled office environment. The majority of the work day will be spent outside with routine visits to operational areas resulting in exposure to a variety of temperatures and prevailing weather conditions. This may also result in exposure to dust, odors, gases, vapors, wet or slick surfaces and loud noises. Where appropriate, wears personal protective equipment (PPE) in compliance with Company standards and governmental regulations. The extension of regular working hours is occasionally necessary to complete time-sensitive projects, attend training or respond to emergencies. Additionally, work may be required on weekends and holidays as dictated by business demands. Requires rotating shifts (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.)

Employee Supervision

  • Directly or indirectly supervises up to 17 employees, including scale/console operators, locomotive/ switching, barge and truck unloading and housekeeping employees, grain inspection personnel and occasionally mechanics and electricians.

Decision Making/Accountability

  • Accountable for all actions in receiving/shipping grain through the facility during scheduled shift. Schedules production and communicates information for upcoming shift. Manages elevator grain quality and space. Coordinates rail requirements with the local railroad.

Safety, Health & Environmental Responsibilities

  • Maintains good working knowledge of SHE policies, rules and procedures applicable to area of responsibility and ensures all applicable requirements are adhered to. Ensures employees are provided required training for area and jobs and tasks prior to assigning work. Ensures area of responsibility is maintained in orderly and safe manner. Promptly reports unsafe working conditions to management and communicates potential hazards to affected employees. Promptly reports all incidents to management and conducts incident investigation as soon as practicable; no later than 24 hours from time of incident.

Louis Dreyfus Company provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other protected status.

Required Skills

Basic qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Basic understanding of operational equipment
  • Good communications skills
  • Ability to withstand long periods of walking or standing
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders as well as work at extended heights of 175 feet, manage confined space entry, withstand extended periods of walking and standing, and move manufacturing materials, products and equipment of 50 pounds or more, which requires regular bending and lifting.
  • Requires climbing fixed ladders or stairs, boarding cargo ships, walking on loading docks which may be wet

Preferred qualifications:

  • In lieu of degree, knowledge of OSHA and other safety practices (preferably that pertain to grain elevators)
  • In lieu of degree, demonstrated ability to achieve operating efficiencies while maintaining strong labor relations
  • In lieu of degree, understanding of general terms of collective bargaining agreement(s)
  • Understanding of logistics (e.g., vessel, rail or truck) and inventory management
  • Knowledge of USDA/GIPSA Grain Standards Act for an export terminal
  • Knowledge of grain commodities and grades

Required Experience

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