Grimmway Enterprises

  • FIELD TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

    Posted Date 1 day ago(10/22/2018 6:11 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-2176
    Job Locations
    US-CA-Bakersfield
    Category
    Information Technology
    Shift
    DAY
  • Overview

    PURPOSE:

     

    Manage all day to day operations and staff members within the GPS Support Department that are directly involved in the installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of field deployed technology assets. Assets include GPS guidance systems, optical systems, data loggers, soil modeling equipment, telematics, weather stations, and other technology systems. Serve as field liaison for a wide variety of precision farming operations and techniques. Develop a more robust GPS maintenance program designed to increase efficiencies, reduce unexpected downtime, and improve equipment visibility and utilization.  

                                

     

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

     

    • Directly coordinate all GPS guidance related repairs and service with Ranch managers and personnel.
    • Perform independently and travel to various farming regions throughout the year to assist and support company GPS guidance systems.
    • Manage staff that directly supports the day to day diagnostics & repairs of all field guidance systems.
    • Develop and establish a GPS preventative maintenance and repair program that is designed to improve efficiencies by reducing failures and increasing system uptimes.
    • Manage the departments work schedule.
    • Coordinate all job tasks by scheduling work through outside vendor support or Grimmway GPS field technicians.
    • Independently evaluate & determine vendor services, parts suppliers.
    • Coordinate new system trials and purchase negotiations.
    • Direct the coordination and assignment of all reactionary work that requires an unexpected call out to support guidance system repairs.
    • Prepare reports that outline project cost /estimations and timelines.
    • Confirm product performance by auditing currently installed equipment and analyzing new test products.
    • Make the needed recommendations for new technologies.
    • Build, establish, and help maintain an optimized GPS parts inventory.
    • Directly responsible for supporting employee use of GPS related and optical based farming systems.
    • This includes assisting users, system maintenance, upgrades and servicing system failures.
    • Must track invoices for service/repairs and maintain cumulative total service cost for each system.
    • Must be a self-motivated and open minded person that is willing to progress into new and advanced areas of precision farming technologies.
    • Research innovation and propose new recommendations for process improvements.
    • Keep a customer service orientated approach in all day to day interactions.
    • Lead by example the Divisions’ Mission, Strategy, and Values.
    • Responsible for 5S Organization of all work areas.

     

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

     

    Continuous use of both hands; including grasping, pulling and pushing. Sight, hearing, lifting, standing, climbing stairways, walking and balancing both feet on even and uneven surfaces, bending, twisting, crawling, stooping, kneeling, reaching forward, reaching overhead, reaching below shoulder, wrist turning, neck turning.

    Additional Info

    JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

     

    • Education: An Ag related college degree, or professionally trained and certified in the installation, diagnostics, and repairs of GPS guidance and telematics systems.
    • Experience: Minimum of two years’ experience in Ag related stationary and mobile GPS guidance systems support. Experience in the installation of new systems, and the ability to diagnose and repair existing GPS systems.
    • Support Skills: Must have the ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with all levels of employees in a professional manner at all times.
    • Must be familiar with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Power Point.
    • Seasonally, some overnight travel outside of Kern County may be required.
    • Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean DMV driving record.
    • Must pass a pre-placement drug/alcohol screen, physical and functional capacity evaluation.

    Benefits

    Administrative Employees

     

    • Competitive benefits package including Medical, Dental, and Vision
    • 401k plan with a discretionary match, subject to a vesting schedule
    • Paid Sick, Vacation, Holiday Time and Personal Hours
    • Employee Vehicle Purchase/Lease Programs
    • Subsidized gym membership with InShape health clubs
    • Free on-site personal training and other wellness-focused activities at company gym
    • Tuition discount partnership program with University of La Verne
    • Discounted tickets to major theme parks throughout California
    • Work life balance

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