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Author: Janine Sunga

AZ/DZ Driver & Team Lead

Holmes Agro is seeking self-motivated, versatile, AZ and/or DZ Operator to join our team. This role will help ensure our customers receive the supplies and products they need for a successful growing season. We are looking for someone who is diligent and dedicated to personal and professional growth with the ability to lead and coach our seasonal driving staff and support with the associated training activities.

This role is permanent full-time, however, seasonal flexibility is required to support our customers during our peak seasons in the Spring and Fall based on the growing season cycle.  Throughout the Spring and Fall, our work availability fluctuates and requires some long days and hours. During our off seasons, there are opportunities for paid time off and task variety supporting other important operational activities.

Our ideal candidate is someone who has flexibility to be able to meet the demands of the business and who is not just a driver, but someone who is able to represent Holmes Agro in a professional way, provide general customer service to our customers and be a leader among our seasonal drivers.

The position will have the following responsibilities:

  • Safe operation of delivery truck for bulk fertilizer, bagged/toted fertilizer, seed, chemical, and liquid deliveries within Ontario
  • Daily inspection and maintenance of delivery unit, including preventative maintenance to keep equipment operating efficiently while minimizing downtime
  • Provide a consistent level of customer service
  • Follow internal process and practices and ensure all paperwork is organized and documented according to guidelines and policies to ensure good record-keeping for our customers
  • Ability to coach and lead seasonal drivers and assist in on-the-job-training for seasonal drivers
  • Support recruitment activities for seasonal drivers and assist in sourcing candidates
  • Assist operational activities during down times at our plant locations. Duties would vary and could include filling tote bags, operation of forklift to load and unload shipments and deliveries, general maintenance, vehicle upkeep, etc.
  • Maintain good housekeeping in plant, yard, and vehicle during down time between scheduled deliveries

The successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Valid AZ and/or DZ license with good driving record
  • Ability to drive manual transmission vehicles, required (ideally, 3-5 years experience)
  • Comfort in operating flat deck, curtain side, tender trucks, and on occasion, water trucks
  • Customer service oriented with a positive attitude, dedication to personal improvement and skill development
  • Ability to complete necessary forms and tickets tied to customer deliveries accurately and consistently
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment both as an individual and part of a team
  • Willing to work seasonably long hours in Spring and Fall as required
  • Good oral and written communication skills and attention to detail

The Holmes Agro Way:

  • Learning and knowledge. We are consistently learning and sharing our knowledge to support and empower each other, our customers, and our community
  • Customer Excellence. We strive to be proactive in creating an excellent customer experience
  • Solutions Focused. We innovate solutions that support responsible stewardship while making our customers profitable

Why Work for Holmes Agro:

  • Competitive wages
  • Company benefits and pension plan
  • Work with a team of dedicated individuals who have a passion for agriculture and customer service
  • Training and educational opportunities

Sales Agronomist

Sales Agronomist

Holmes Agro is looking to hire two Sales Agronomists: one for the Stayner location and another for the Orangeville location.

We are seeking individuals who are self-motivated, outgoing, and sales-oriented with an agriculture background and expertise and ability to market our products and services. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about building relationships with our customers and growers to better understand their business and needs. Through this partnership, our Sales Agronomists will leverage their leadership and persuasion skills to provide value added solutions and drive growth.

What you’ll do:

  • Assist Ontario growers improve their productivity and crop outputs
  • Travel daily within your assigned region in peak seasons to meet current and prospective customers, generating leads by conducting cold calls and follow up visits, to generate and optimize sales opportunities
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with growers by providing on-farm consultations, developing crop plans and providing agronomic advice and actions to improve crop protection
  • Anticipate and address customers changing needs throughout the seasons and provide recommendations based on routine crop scouting, soil, tissue sampling, and analyzing customer data housed within our proprietary MyFarm system
  • Be an expert in our full line of crop inputs, including crop protection products, seeds and custom fertilizers
  • Ensure exceptional customer experiences by collaborating with internal teams to ensure seamless deliveries to growers by working to support fertilizer, seed and crop protection purchases
  • Support customers stewardship efforts such as 4R’s, precision agriculture, pest assessments & record keeping
  • Accurately record all visit and call details in our MyFarm and order systems
  • Collaborate with internal teams to ensure seamless deliveries to our growers to ensure exceptional customer experiences
  • Provide back-up support for internal operational activities on an as-needed basis

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Must have a passion for agriculture and helping growers feed Canadians
  • Strong knowledge of crop inputs, seed and crop protections
  • 5-10 years of inside or outside sales experience, outside sales experience preferred
  • Graduate from a Canadian agriculture college or university program preferred, but not required
  • Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) designation preferred or willingness to work towards it
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to allow you to provide a positive experience and work collaboratively with customers, suppliers and internal team
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ownership/entrepreneurial mid set to help grow and shape our business
  • Computer navigation skills and ability to competently work with Microsoft Office suite of products (Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Willingness to work seasonably long hours in Spring and Fall during peak growing seasons

The Holmes Agro Way:

  • Learning and knowledge. We are consistently learning and sharing our knowledge to support and empower each other, our customers, and our community. We are looking for individuals with a strong desire to continue to grow and prioritize self-development
  • Customer Excellence. We strive to be proactive in creating an excellent customer experience and look for team members to hone their customer service skills
  • Solutions Focused. We innovate solutions that support responsible stewardship while making our customers profitable. We look for team members who bring integrative thinking when building solutions

Why Work for Holmes Agro:

  • Competitive wages and incentives – showing initiative will be rewarded!
  • Company benefits and pension plan
  • Work with a team of dedicated individuals who have a passion for agriculture
  • Training and educational opportunities
  • Opportunities for advancement

Who we are:

Holmes Agro is an agricultural retailer, supplying products and services in the areas of seed, fertilizer, crop protection and agronomic advice. We are a service-oriented company, providing value added agronomic solutions to enhance the profitability of our growers. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have built and continue to build with growers throughout Ontario.

We offer an assortment of solutions to suit our customers needs, including but not limited to: lawn and garden, crop nutrients, seed, and crop protection services.

Holmes Agro is committed to developing, implementing, and demonstrating sustainable practices to help reduce environmental impact in our community, and is committed to growers in helping them achieve the same goals.