The number of job offers a recent college graduate can expect to receive may be on the rise, but receiving an offer for a job you are passionate about is still a dream for many. On May 21, 2012, 13 young professionals started a training program to become sales representatives for Monsanto seed brands. Emanuel Williams is one of those new Monsanto employees.
“I was raised on a farm, and I’ve been passionate about farming for as long as I can remember,” Williams said. “I am grateful to be able to do what I love and to do it for such an amazing company. Monsanto is doing its part to help feed the world, and I am very proud to say that I am a part of that effort.”
Williams is one of eight District Sales Manager Trainees for Channel nationwide. He is from Baxley, and attended Fort Valley State University. Williams graduated with a degree in agriculture economics. During his training period with Channel, Williams is based in Kearney, Neb.
“The field sales trainee program gives new graduates a very real world experience in developing a trusting relationship with our farmers. Each of these young agriculturalists is committed to delivering on Monsanto’s promise to help our customers succeed along with our mission of feeding a hungry planet, “said Rodd Whitney, Monsanto talent acquisition specialist.
A trainee will spend anywhere from three months to a year in the program, though most complete the program in about six months. During that time, it is their trainer’s responsibility to make sure they are exposed to a variety of customers, dealers and responsibilities. A District Sales Manager is expected to manage a multitude of situations, personalities and activities with tact and professionalism, and that takes experience. Trainers frequently carve out a “micro-territory” for the trainee to manage so that the new employee gets the broadest variety of experience possible before landing a territory of their own.
“This isn’t a routine job,” Williams said. “Trying to stay on top of agronomic issues, such as the weather or pests, can be challenging, but that is what keeps it interesting.”
Eighty-one percent of the current trainees worked with Monsanto previously as interns or Field Claims Specialists, giving them additional experiences to draw from when learning to manage their own territory.
About Monsanto Company
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.