POET Inventory Specialist


4970 260th Street, Ashton, IA 51232 712-724-5200


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
Desired Qualifications:


  • Having a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Having experience with maintenance managements systems such as Maximo is a plus.
  • UpTime Elements Maintenance Reliability Certification or equivalent certification is also a plus.
  • You have the ability to achieve and maintain forklift certification.
  • You are proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and have the ability to learn computerized accounting systems.
  • You are a self-starter and take initiative, but are also able to work collaboratively with the team.
  • You have excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills.
  • You are detail oriented and a critical thinker with the ability to exercise independent judgement.
  • You are dedicated to honesty, confidentiality, and ethical behavior in all business matters and assignments.
  • You are able to work in a fast paced, dynamic, and changing environment.
  • You are eager to learn and change the world – Never Satisfied!


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.
  • This position is largely self-directed and requires a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures, and values.
  • Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments. This position is exposed to work in multiple environments, including plant, laboratory, as well as an office environment. The team member may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.
  • 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.
  • Due to the physical and safety sensitive nature of this job, you will be subject to a physical and expected to pass a drug screen during the pre-screen process. During employment, you’ll be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Specific physical requirements may include:
    • Occasionally lifting weight up to sixty (60)
    • Climbing several flights of stairs and
    • Opening
    • Occasionally bending, twisting and turning while lifting weight of less than fifty (50)
    • Data entry while seated for greater than one (1)
    • Walking up to two (2) or more miles per
    • Pushing brooms, shovels,
    • Working at heights, in confined spaces and at temperatures from -20 to +100
    • Standing for extended periods of
    • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    • Using hand and power tools.

Application Instructions:

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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As the Inventory Specialist, you will be responsible for the requisition, inventory, and management of parts, tools and equipment to assure efficient and effective operation of the plant. You will be an integral part of a best-in-class maintenance program by supporting the inventory and planning processes through accuracy, efficiency, and collaboration.


  • Properly managing documentation records related to deliveries and inventory transactions.
  • Maintaining accountability for all tools, equipment, and supplies.
  • Maintaining a clean and organized storeroom and Shipping/Receiving areas.
  • Working with the local leadership team by ordering parts and equipment as needed and maintaining optimized reorder points.
  • Consistently maintaining strong inventory accuracy, while using sound practices to resolve issues and notify management of significant discrepancies.
  • Reviewing obsolete parts and sharing with management options on how to handle.
  • Take an active role in shutdown planning and proactively updates part availability.
  • Operating the forklift for parts movement.
  • Supporting periodic inventory audits.
  • Actively maintaining the Bar/QR code labelling program.
  • Responsible for coordination of plant mobile/EZMax Mobile devices.
  • Coordinate and conduct onsite Maximo Training for new hires and at times assist other POET facilities with Maximo support and troubleshooting.
  • Learn and understand the basic operation of the plant process to understand and anticipate plant needs.
  • Coordinate work functions with fellow team members and other departments within POET.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!

Location: 4970 260th ST., Ashton, IA 51232

Type: Regular Full Time

Shift: Day

Open: Thursday February 15th

Close: Monday September 30th 2024