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Training Specialist



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

Training Specialist


IL - Illinois

Operations: Manufacturing, Production, Maintenance, Utilities

Job Description

Training Specialist – Corn Plant- Decatur, IL
This is an exempt level position.

Job Summary:
Reporting to the HR Manager, this role is responsible for developing and coordinating learning and development at ADM’s Corn Plant. The training coordinator will prepare, develop, manage and coordinate the training of hourly and salaried colleagues. This role will work closely with site and department leaders to assess efficiency, identify continuous improvement opportunity and support process sustainability.

Job Functions:

  • Primary focus will be managing and facilitating Continuous Colleague Development activities throughout the Corn Plant.
  • Follows and incorporates all safety, quality and site rules while performing work and crafting training processes.
  • Read and utilize plant documentation including Process Manuals, Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Work Permits, etc.
  • Conduct training needs gap analyses (Loss Driven Deployments) and determine mitigation plan to address identified gaps in training.
  • Support the design and development of training materials and assessments along with learning/certification plans.
  • Deliver learning content for classroom and field training as well as develop others to do the same.
  • Facilitate written and performance assessments as well as vital remediation plans.
  • Provide effective feedback and mentoring throughout operator qualification process.
  • Responsible for the Site’s new hire training and managing the mentoring program.
  • Develop and support a system for maintaining training records and data.
  • Analyze surveys, assessments, field audits and key performance impacts to determine training efficiency.
  • Enhance skills to include adult learning methodologies and deliver one on one coaching and instruction, in the field training, casual small group training, and formal stand up instruction.
  • Utilize plan, do, check, act to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Other similar duties as assigned.
Job Qualifications:
  • Ability to establish expectations for safety, quality, reliability, service and efficiency.
  • Experience with operation of manufacturing processes and machinery including Pre Start-Up, Start-Up, Normal Operations, Shut-Downs, Emergency Shut-Downs, Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance.
  • Experience with Management of Change, Quality and Food Safety practices, JSA, Incident Investigation, etc.
  • Must be customer focused and be proactive in dealing with conflict, influencing others, listening, management of priorities, organization & planning and partnering.
  • Excellent decision making ability and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent organization skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both oral and written.
  • Skilled with Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Onenote, Visio and PiVision.
  • Experience with photography and video creation.
  • Minimum of a high school diploma/GED
  • Experience with Performance Excellence, Total Process Management, Continuous Colleague Development, A2E(Ability to Execute) or similar continuous improvement systems is a plus
  • Practical and/or educational experience with developing and delivering training
  • Prior industrial experience preferred
Working Conditions:
  • Able to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as hot and cold temperatures and a dusty or wet environment & various chemicals safely.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to ascend and descend stairs
  • Ability to move/transport 55 pounds
  • Sit and stand for long periods
  • Work in confined spaces
  • Work at heights
  • Bending and kneeling
  • Be respirator qualified
ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veteran status.
This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.
ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.

Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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