Dairy Farmers of America DFA Risk Management Manager in Kansas City, Kansas
Position : DFA Risk Management Manager
Location : Kansas City, Kansas
Requisition ID: : 14279
At Dairy Farmers of America, you approach work each day knowing that you are making a difference by helping dairy farm families. As a DFA Risk Management Manager, your goal will be to help dairy farmers, processors and customers understand and utilize risk management tools to achieve financial stability, as a part of the DFA Risk Management team. By helping them manage their price risk, you’re creating opportunities for dairy farmers across the U.S. to achieve their families’ goals.
You will build meaningful relationships within our team and across DFA, gain experience and knowledge in a rapidly-growing industry, and take on significant responsibilities from day one in a supportive, collaborative environment. As the largest global dairy cooperative, DFA impacts people at every point of the supply chain, from farmers to consumers. The breadth and scope of DFA’s operations are significant, and the opportunities for growth and development within DFA are substantial.
DFA utilizes a flexible work environment offering a blended remote and in-office schedule. We are focused on maintaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, operate and serve. We believe that diverse perspectives lead to better decisions, more creative innovation, more effective problem solving, and strong customer and consumer relationships. To achieve these goals, we are committed to fostering and strengthening a culture of openness, inclusion, constant introspection and continued growth.
*The preferred candidate will live in the Kansas City, KS area, but remote based candidates will also be considered.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead a significant segment of the DFA Risk Management program by being the primary DFA RM face and the lead contact in building and fostering relationships with specifically-identified members across the country to respond to their unique needs and help them grow into a more consistent and adaptive risk management plan
Take calls from and make calls to members to understand their needs, educate them about our programs and keep them informed about markets and risk management opportunities.
Keep up to date on market conditions. Using this information, develop messaging to translate these complicated topics in a way that the team can use to educate members and customers on the markets and our programs
Build, establish and maintain strong relationships with DFA Farm Services personnel, and develop strong working knowledge of a wide range of DFA products and services, including farm supplies, risk management tools, insurance and lending services.
Establish your own schedule, and balance plans to attend meetings, take trips to visit our farmer members, and participate in events to work with farmers
Take a lead role in working our risk management desk, which includes:
Taking forward contract and Dairy Revenue Protection insurance orders
Supporting orders on other crop insurance offerings like Pasture, Rangeland, Forage, and Livestock Risk Protection
Executing orders in futures, options and over-the-counter derivatives markets; or through RMA’s crop insurance products
Perform daily processes to maintain our accounts and databases.
Contribute to continual improvement of DFA Risk Management programs and services
Develop an appreciation and understanding of DFA’s business, programs and services and philosophy
Continue self-education of commodity risk management markets, tools and programs and regulatory requirements
Show active interest in developing an understanding of Dairy Farmers of America and the dairy industry
Lead projects as assigned to analyze and develop risk management business opportunities
Continuing education of milk pricing economics and commodity price hedging practices
Obtain P&C insurance license within 60 days of start date (needed for crop insurance offerings)
The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Other duties may be assigned as required.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college, preferably in business or agriculture
Minimum three years experience working in risk management, agricultural commodities or the dairy industry
Proven experience developing impactful business relationships with large, complex farming operations
Agriculture industry background preferred
Work from home office or choose to be located in Kansas City headquarters’ hybrid remote and in-office environment
If working from home, some travel to Kansas City will be required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellent interpersonal communication and customer service skills
Strong critical thinking, judgment and decision-making skills
Enjoys working with and interpreting data to extract information and make business decisions and drive strategic direction
Desire to initiate and lead projects
A collaborative, team-focused attitude
Excellent skills in Excel, PowerPoint, Word & others such as databases
Strong attention to detail and time management skills
An ability to take complicated concepts and make them easier to understand
Willingness to travel and work flexible hours, as needed
Must be able to read, write and speak English
Travel: 50% - 75% (up to 2 weeks per month)
An Equal Opportunity Employer