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VP - Agricultural Consultant

Company: AgHires
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

AVP - Agricultural Consultant - Position DescriptionJob Responsibilities:The AVP-Ag Consultant is responsible for giving technical advice and support to the bank's agricultural lending team and Credit Administration. The incumbent must possess a strong background and understanding of the agricultural industry. The AVP-Ag Consultant is responsible for collecting data and analyzing information for the purpose of creating operating budgets, conducting crop and water analysis, and making industry commodity price recommendations to the bank, conducting agricultural real estate evaluations, and assessing ag service businesses.The AVP-Ag Consultant supports and embraces the Bank's Purpose, Vision & Values and is committed to striving to achieve a level of "Uncommon Service," as defined in the Bank's Purpose Statement, for both internal and external customers. The incumbent recognizes that supporting and demonstrating the Bank's core values is an important part of performing his/her job responsibilities.Valley Republic Bank offers a wide range of competitive employee benefits including:Health and Insurance Benefits

  • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness ProgramFinancial Benefits
    • 401(k) Plan with Employer Match
    • Company wide Incentive Plan
    • Tuition Assistance Program
    • Banking Benefits
    • Employee Referral BonusesEssential Duties:
      • Demonstrates leadership qualities by modeling the Bank's Purpose, Vision & Values in communication and actions, adapting to change, leading by example in mentoring & inspiring others, and encouraging innovation & strategic thinking with a long-term perspective.
      • Communicates with borrowers to identify and evaluate their business and operational requirements.
      • Prepares crop and livestock budgets and budget summaries.
      • Performs onsite field crop inspections and crop progress reports.
      • Measures performance and analyzes data such as crop yield, water demand, soil quality and production costs.
      • Advises on the adaptability of farmland to other crops and land uses.
      • Advises on new farm machinery or new farm buildings.
      • Keeps current with relevant agricultural industry developments and trends.
      • Undertakes administrative duties, manages budgets and accounts, updates information, and prepares reports.
      • Attends meetings, organizes seminars, and classes.
      • Assists in attaining established Bank goals through active participation in sales and officer call programs.
      • Interviews prospective applicants and requests specified information related to loan or credit application and corresponds with applicants to resolve questions regarding application information.
      • Engages and evaluates equipment appraisals.
      • Engages and evaluates real estate appraisals.Determines suitability of agricultural processing facilities.
      • Performs economic analysis of processing and marketing companies.
      • Recommends agricultural real estate and equipment appraisers for the Bank's approved appraiser list.
      • Possesses and maintains knowledge of water and other industry regulations.
      • Possesses in-depth knowledge of water district delivery area, cost, and reliability throughout the bank's market area.
      • Performs pre-qualification assessment and analysis of operational condition and risk of financing requests within framework of Bank credit policy and current economic and industry trends.
      • Ensures that certification of collateral is made by the appropriate personnel.
      • Reinforces the application of superior customer service through his or her own example along with appropriate follow through with involved customers and employees.
      • Develops and maintains knowledge of financial industry, economy, market conditions, rates, vendors, and competition.
      • Represents the Bank in various community, civic, and community reinvestment functions to further enhance the Bank's image and develop additional business and assists the Bank in establishing and maintaining market position.
      • Cross sells the Bank's other products and services, referring customers to appropriate staff.
      • Provides leadership and training to less experienced staff members.
      • Responds to inquiries or refers inquiries to the appropriate department or person and exhibits the necessary follow through with customers and/or staff involved.
      • Consistently applies superior decision-making techniques pertaining to inquiries, approvals, and requests as they apply to existing policies and procedures.
      • Actively participates in all Lean training and value stream mapping along with demonstrating knowledge of the Five Key Lean Principles taught. Embraces and exhibits a lean thinking mindset and applies root cause problem-solving to make incremental improvement through waste reduction and streamlining of work. Continually looks for creative ways to improve workflow processes efficiently and effectively for scalability and sustainability while meeting customer needs.
      • Assumes responsibility for special projects, and gathers data and prepares reports for Senior Management, audits, and other reporting needs.
      • Processes, solves, and answers complex customer transactions, problems, or inquiries.
      • Answers telephones, answers question and directs callers to proper Bank personnel.
      • Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works ethically and with integrity; upholds organizational values; and accepts responsibility for own actions.
      • Demonstrates knowledge of and adherence to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy; shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes working environment free of harassment of any type; and builds a diverse workforce and supports affirmative action.
      • Assures compliance with all Bank policies, procedures and processes, and all applicable state and federal banking laws, rules, and regulations, and adheres to Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) responsibilities that are specific to the position.
      • Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports the Bank's goals and values; and benefits the Bank through outside activities.
      • Performs the position safely, without endangering the health or safety to themselves or others and will be expected to report potentially unsafe conditions. The employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all.Desired Skills & Experience:The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform the position in a satisfactory manner.
        • Bachelor's degree (BA) or equivalent from a college or university; five years related experience and/or training; or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Work related experience should consist of a financial analyzing or lending background. Educational experience, through in-house training sessions, formal school, or financial industry related curriculum, should be business or financial industry related.
        • Intermediate experience, knowledge and training in all lending activities and terminology.
        • Ability to lead less experienced staff members as assigned.
        • Basic knowledge of related state and federal lending and compliance regulations, and other Bank lending policies.
        • Ability to develop marketing and business development skills with customers.
        • Basic knowledge of branch operation procedures, Bank products and services.
        • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, and technical procedures.
        • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
        • Basic skills in computer terminal and personal computer operation; host computer system; word processing, spreadsheet, and specialty software programs.
        • Intermediate typing skills to meet production needs of the position.
        • Advanced math skills: ability to calculate interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages; balance accounts; add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; locate routine mathematical errors; compute rate, ratio, and percent, including the drafting and interpretation of bar graphs.
        • Exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to apply common sense to carry out instructions and instruct others, train personnel, write reports, correspondence, and procedures, speak clearly to customers and employees.
        • Thorough understanding of management procedures; ability to plan department or Bank activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, and developing policies and procedures); initiative to organize various functions necessary to accomplish department or Bank activities; effectively staff (selecting, training and developing employees); directing employees towards the desired objectives (delegating, motivating, resolving problems); controlling the function (developing performance standards, measuring results, taking corrective action and rewarding employees as appropriate).
        • Ability to deal with complex problems involving multiple facets and variables in non-standardized situations.
        • Ability to work with no supervision while performing duties.
          • Current driver's license and a vehicle with appropriate insurance coverage if required to drive in the course of performing assigned duties and responsibilities.About Valley Republic Bank
            • Valley Republic Bank opened its doors in early 2009 with a commitment to revive a level of service to the local business community that had seemingly disappeared in recent decades.
            • Valley Republic Bank was founded by a group of twenty-four local professionals who believed their customers deserved a bank that could respond to them quickly, efficiently, consistently, and personally.
            • To those founders, it was about relationships; it was about being available, prepared and engaged.
            • Since its founding in 2009, Valley Republic Bank has expanded to four full-service branches in Kern County. The bank's headquarters is in Bakersfield at 5000 California Ave. Suite 110.Today,you will find that we have grown into a formidable resource for our customers. We call it "Relationship Banking." For our customers, that means competitive products and services, the latest technological conveniences, and a sincere appreciation for the business entrusted to us. It means that we are available. It means we try harder than everyone else to stay one step ahead - in every regard.Valley Republic Bankis a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and is an Equal Housing Lender.We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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