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Archer Daniels Midland Company Interviews

 

Interview Date: February 21, 2013
Interview Location: Sheridan Hall 214

 

Position(s) Interviewing for:
-Commodity Merchandising and Elevator Management Trainee
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. With more than 270 processing plants, 420 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 160 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit www.adm.com.
About the Elevator Management Position
ADM is currently seeking individuals who anticipate graduating with a bachelor’s degree in December or May for our elevator management trainee position.
ADM owns and operates a global network of grain elevators with a concentration in the Midwestern United States. This network is the foundation for linking the origination of grain from producers to ADM processing and other end-user markets. The facilities vary in size and scale to include truck, shuttle train, river and export facilities.
The grain elevator manager manages the profitability of a grain facility through grain merchandising, accounting, operations, customer service and staff supervision. Success depends upon enhancing value through the safe handling and merchandising of grain and providing outstanding customer service.
About the Commodity Merchandising Position
ADM is currently seeking individuals who anticipate graduating with a bachelor’s degree in December or May for our commodity merchandiser trainee position. A commodity merchandiser is focused on buying and selling commodities in the cash market, as well as making and coordinating arrangements for the transportation of the product. Much of a typical day is spent on the telephone, keeping customers aware of current grain market news while buying and selling grain products. The office environment can be hectic as market information is shared verbally among the traders.
Commodity markets are influenced by a myriad of factors from around the world. These include trade policy, supply and demand factors, weather and transportation costs. ADM’s merchandisers’ ability to evaluate these changing factors drives our business units’ profitability.
About the Training Program
Commodity merchandisers and elevator managers learn the fundamentals of the business by embarking on an intense six-week training curriculum, which involves thorough classroom and on-the-job learning. This program is unparalleled in the industry. Training occurs at our corporate headquarters, river terminals, country elevators and processing plants. Our trainees are given the opportunity to meet with and learn from commodity merchandisers at many of our locations. These merchandisers all have unique stories and ideas to share, which help in molding a better understanding of the business. ADM’s merchandisers trade commodities in domestic and international markets. Merchandisers have to balance risk management, customer relations, transportation and logistics.
Key components of the training include: grain merchandising; space and logistics management; facility operations such as receiving, load-out of grain, maintenance and safety; staff supervision, including hiring, managing and evaluation of employees; financial accounting and management; and customer service including creating value for the customer in a commodity business.

-Commodity Merchandising and Elevator Management Internships
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. With more than 270 processing plants, 420 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 160 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit www.adm.com.
About the Commodity Merchandising Internship:
Commodity merchandising interns learn the fundamentals of the business by embarking on an intense 11-week internship program at one of ADM’s commodity merchandising locations. This opportunity exposes students to many aspects of commodity merchandising.
The internship is focused on buying and selling commodities in the cash market, as well as making and coordinating arrangements for the transportation of the product. Much of a typical day is spent on the telephone, keeping customers aware of current grain market news while buying and selling grain or products. The office environment can be hectic as market information is shared verbally among the merchandisers. This activity makes the job exciting and challenging.
About the Elevator Management Internship:
Elevator management interns learn the fundamentals of the business by embarking on an intense 11-week internship program at one of ADM’s elevator locations. This exciting opportunity exposes students to many aspects of elevator management. The grain elevator manager manages the profitability of a grain facility through grain merchandising, accounting, operations, customer service and staff supervision. Success depends on the ability of the manager to enhance value through the safe handling and merchandising of grain and providing outstanding customer services. ADM owns and operates a global network of grain elevators with a high concentration in the Midwestern United States. This network is the foundation for linking the origination of grain from producers to ADM processing and other end-user markets. The facilities vary in size and scale to include truck, shuttle train, river and export facilities.

-Grain Terminal Operations Mangement Trainee
Every day, the 30,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 265 processing plants, we convert corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. We operate the world’s premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 75 countries. Our global headquarters is in Decatur, Illinois, and our net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, were $81 billion. For more information about our company and our products, visit www.adm.com.
This is an exempt level position.
The Grain Terminal Operations Management Trainee position is a three-stage position within an 18 month trainee program. The employee will be stationed at one of approximately 50 elevators across the Midwest United States. The trainee then moves into stage two of their training program and will be relocated to a different elevator/terminal for further training. Stage three of this program is the continuous career advancement. Positions in stage three will include supervisors, superintendents, multiple location management, middle management, and corporate careers. We are recruiting for our elevators in the Midwest and Gulf export regions. The training program is hands-on; the trainee will learn by performing the work with proper safety and supervision. A trainee will be learning most of the activities at the elevator.
In the first five to seven years with ADM, an individual should expect to relocate two to three times. Relocation generally involves a promotion. Elevator operations may seasonally require longer working hours, shift work, and weekend work. Some locations may have full-time shift work and/or weekend schedules.
Exposure and training could be in the following:
• Loading and unloading grain trucks and railcars
• Sampling and grading grain
• Loading barges
• Overseeing hourly employees and assigning work
• Transferring, drying, storage, aeration, & blending
grain
• Repairs, troubleshooting and maintenance
• Preventative maintenance
• Implementation of safety programs and procedures
• Regulatory issues (OSHA, EPA, DNR, etc)
• DOT policies and procedures
• Basic accounting exposure (understanding a balance
sheet)
• Electrical conservation and management
• This position is not involved in merchandising

-Grain Operations Intern
Every day, the 30,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 265 processing plants, we convert corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. We operate the world’s premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 75 countries. Our global headquarters is in Decatur, Illinois, and our net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, were $81 billion. For more information about our company and our products, visit www.adm.com. 
This is a non-exempt level position.
About the Internship
A summer internship with ADM offers students the opportunity to make their mark. Our program invites the student to challenge their abilities within Grain Terminal Operations Management.
Students may find themselves making their mark in a variety of different locations across the Midwest. All internships have the intent of exposing students to real-life work situations within the competitive agricultural industry. Our program promotes the development of the student while providing a training ground for potential future employees, as it is our primary source for full-time employment.
Our program begins with a kick-off orientation event and wraps up at summer’s end with a final program. For the senior interns, formal interviews are completed before returning to school, bringing closure to the internship experience. An intern will be learning many of the activities at the elevator. Interns must provide their own transportation to and from work.
Grain Terminal Operations
Exposure and training could be in the following:
• Loading and unloading grain trucks and railcars
• Sampling and grading grain
• Loading barges
• Overseeing hourly employees and assigning work
• Transferring, drying, storing, aerating, and blending of grain
• Repairing equipment, troubleshooting and performing maintenance
• Performing preventative maintenance Implementing safety programs and procedures
• Handling regulatory issues (OSHA, EPA, DNR, etc)
• Following DOT policies and procedures
• Gaining accounting knowledge (understanding a balance sheet)
• Electrical conservation and management

 

Majors Interviewing: Agriculture, Agribusiness, Business
Job Location: Various U.S. locations
Company Web site: http://www.adm.com/en-US/Pages/default.aspx


If interested in signing up for an interview, take your resume to their Career Fair booth on February 20, at Gross Memorial Coliseum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.