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POET General Manager in Arthur, Iowa


At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations

  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions

  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses

  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually

  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements

  • 401K with company match

  • Paid time off and paid holidays

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture

  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements

  • Discounted home and auto insurance


    Our facilities operate continuously, so you will be leading a cross-functional team who performs shift work on a 24/7 basis. POET Bioprocessing facilities are highly integrated facilities which leverage industry-leading, proprietary technology to monitor and control the process of converting renewable resources to biofuel and other co-products. It is the General Manager’s responsibility to lead a team of approximately 40 team members in the daily operation of a bioprocessing facility. In addition to daily operations, the General Manager has the vital responsibility to train, grow, and develop a team of highly motivated individuals.

    If you are an experienced leader interested in a challenging, fast-paced environment working for an industry-leading company where you enjoy solving problems and leading a team, then this opportunity may be the right fit for you.


  • Nothing else matters without a safe environment! You will foster a culture where safety is non-negotiable.

  • Under your leadership, your team will have the autonomy to ensure a highly efficient operation which will maximize profitability while continuing to transform a cutting edge facility.

  • You’ll build and maintain relationships with your ethanol and co-product marketing teams.

  • With your guidance, team members will ensure regulatory compliance at all levels (BATF, OSHA, USDA, FDA, and state organizations).

  • You’ll frequently connect with your team members to guide, coach, and develop them to meet their personal and professional goals.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to coordinate team members on bioprocessing capital projects.

  • You’ll have the honor of partnering with community and political leaders to champion POET’s mission at the local and national level.

  • Periodically, you’ll need to get out of the office to connect with local farmers and other key stakeholders in the industry.

  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill will be put to a lot of other uses!


  • You have a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Business, Finance, Engineering, or related fields. Consideration may be given to extensive experience in a plant environment.

  • You have 5+ years of leadership experience in a plant environment, including full P&L responsibility and leading business unit leaders.

  • You have leadership experience in team building, career development, delegation, coaching, and performance management.

  • You are a champion of safety and environmental stewardship.


  • You are humble and value relationships, yet driven and highly energetic.

  • You have grit, the ability to persevere and rally teams to achieve extraordinary results.

  • You communicate effectively in writing and in person.

  • You have the ability to understand technical and day to day operation of a bioprocessing facility

  • You develop team members by encouraging individual initiative to achieve personal and organizational goals.

  • You are comfortable with conflict and are able to navigate ambiguous situations.

  • You can inspire and help people see the importance of what they are doing.

  • You are a change agent.


    At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.


  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.

  • The work environment at our bioprocessing facilities is dynamic. You should expect a balance between office work and time spent in the bioprocessing facility, which may include some physical labor helping your team members.

  • In this role, you’ll be asked to drive a POET vehicle. A motor vehicle record check will be conducted during the preemployment process and yearly thereafter.

  • We are all about community and family. You will be engaging and supporting a variety of team and community events.

    POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

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Job ID2024-6592

Employment TypeRegular Full-Time



Travel RequiredUp to 25%

FLSA StatusExempt

Position Location(s)US-IA-Arthur