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Agrimarketing : Career Supplement Canada
25 Looking for a career that is more personal and less corporate, more rural and less urban, and more entrepreneurial and less bureaucratic? Then you should check out the career opportunities with an independent agri-retailer. When you work with an indepen- dent retailer, you have the opportunity to build your career in operations, agronomy, sales and administration in the region where you want to live. Their careers offer advancement opportunities, broader scope, more flexibility, team spirit, innovative deci- sion making, and independence. Dion Fowler is a 2009 University of Saskatchewan graduate and Agronomist at the RACK Petroleum in Biggar, Saskatchewan. "Being an Agronomist at an inde- pendent retail allows you to stay up to date, try new things, and pass this on to the grower," says Dion. "At an indepen- dent retail like the Rack, it's all about recommending the right product for the customer." Garth Donald is the Western Canadian Manager of Agronomy, DynAgra Corp., based in Beisker, Alberta. A graduate of Assiniboine Community College, Garth has steadily advanced his career over 12 years with DynAgra Corp. Prior to moving into his current position, he had experience as a Field Scout, Senior Agronomist, and Corporate Sales Manager. "The head office of an independent is not hundreds of miles away. You have close contact to the decision makers. In a big company your ideas might be filtered out but here your ideas are heard," says Garth. "The flexibility of an independent allows us to think on our feet and it doesn't take long to get things done." He adds that one of the unique benefits is that "We are a family-run organiza- tion and we treat every- one as family. We offer a lot of job flexibility as an independent." Independent retails vary from single site to multi-facility operations, all which rely on close relation- ships with their cus- tomers and the com- munities they serve. The responsibility and challenge of working across several product lines to build the business, creates great career opportunities and more potential for advancement. View career opportunities of our client Independent Dealers at www.interag.ca. This employer profile has been sponsored by the Implement HR Services Program offered to independent dealers through InterAg. Implement HR Services help indepen- dent dealer clients with recruitment and other human resource manage- ment services. "BE INDEPENDENT" Independent Agri-Retailers INDEPENDENT RETAIL CAREER BENEFITS: • Opportunities for experience, training and advancement in multiple roles. • Broad experience with diverse products in the seed, crop pro- tection and fertilizer industries. • Postive work/life balance, flexi- ble work schedule, and the abil- ity to build a career with the benefits of rural life. • Competitive salary and benefits with a lower cost of living. • A sense of service to the customer and contribution to the community. • Great start for entrepreneurs.