Production and Inventory Specialist

Production and Inventory Specialist

Field of Work:  Marketing & Sales

Champaign, IL, US Several (US), Several (US), US

Legal Entity:  KWS Cereals USA LLC. (0054)
Contract Type: 
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Remote
Job ID:  14418

KWS Cereals USA is looking for a Production and Inventory Specialist to support with all aspects related to the production and distribution of high-quality seed. Reporting to the Production and Logistics Manager, this role will ensure that all seed quality, on time delivery, and financial targets are met by utilizing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Additionally, this individual may assist with field inspections and vendor contracts.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Inventory Management

    • Ensure accurate reporting in ERP system

    • Collaborate with sales teams to ensure on time delivery to meet sales targets and budgets  

  • Quality Management and Seed Certification

    • Facilitate quality testing program across multiple locations and labs

    • Ensure seed certification program enrollment and quality metrics are met where applicable

  • Logistics

    • Assist with import and export of parent seed and commercial seed as needed

    • Facilitate shipments of seed domestically utilizing TMS systems and brokered loads

    • Maintain KPI metrics on vendor performance and cost

  • Seed Production

    • Assist the Production and Logistics Manager with developing and implementing the annual crop plan

    • Inspect seed production fields at various growth stages

    • Manage ERP transactions across entire seed production lifecycle

  • Collaboration

    • Work collaboratively across team(s) ensuring time and resources are used efficiently

    • Build and utilize relationships within the global cereals business unit as well as colleagues from around the world in multiple business units

  • Other Duties as Assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deliverables with minimal supervision

  • Good communication skills, both written and spoken

  • Proficiency with SAP (ECC or S4); or similar ERP system

  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, Teams Powerpoint)

  • Ability to travel domestically as needed (10%)

  • Prior related experience in agriculture, supply chain, manufacturing, or related areas

  • Valid driver’s license

  • High School Diploma or equivalent with 3+ years relevant work experience


  • BA/BS in Agriculture or related field with professional experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • Hybrid seed production experience

  • Ability to travel internationally as needed

  • Five or more years of relevant experience utilizing SAP in an agricultural or manufacturing environment.

    What We Offer:

  • Health, dental, vision benefits

  • Pension plan and 401(k) with employer match

  • Flexible paid time off (PTO)

  • Tuition reimbursement 

  • Professional training and development opportunities

  • An international and diverse team


Working environment:

May work in varied and/or extreme weather conditions; travel required as necessary to meet business demands, including driving long distances


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and move objects up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


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About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.8 billion in the fiscal year 2022/2023. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests, and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €300 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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