Adam Jones, Sr. Group Operations Analyst at SOTG KC
What is your job title and location?
I am the Sr. Group Operations Analyst at Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group in Kansas City.
How long have you been employed with SOTG?
I have worked here since August 2013.
What is your history/career path prior to SOTG?
I’ve always been a bit of a nerd. I’ve had various IT-related positions from Nebraska Furniture Mart’s “Trisec” (similar to geek squad) to Help Desk Support Specialist.
What are your current responsibilities?
Managing various technology implementation, notably, SOTG’s Business Intelligence database and reporting system. Tying business process to technology, identifying opportunities for process improvement.
What do you enjoy most about working for SOTG?
The entrepreneurial culture. Anyone can come up with a good idea and run with it.
What is your favorite story/memory about working for SOTG?
My first trip ever overseas was to participate in Unga’s SAP project kick-off. On the trip, we went to visit the Nakuru, Nairobi feed mill. There is a small “game park” there called, Lake Nakuru, For the one day we were there, we stayed at the Sarova Lion Hill game lodge that was inside the game park. We toured the park the day we arrived, and woke up extra early to tour the park on our way out. It was a very neat, first experience overseas. I’m very appreciative of Unga for arranging those accommodations!
What important values do you think SOTG delivers on?
I think there are many; notably growth, loyalty and citizenship. When Seaboard invests in an affiliate, it is generally because the signs point to growth for the affiliate and/or country. It can be seen as an optimistic sign when Seaboard invests into something. Seaboard is very loyal to its own people, as evident by the length of service for many managers and executives. There are surely times where we could do more, but Seaboard has had a great impact on many local communities. To name a few great examples:
- In 2010, Seaboard Marine brought in emergency supplies and resources to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake that killed thousands
- Support of youth football programs in Argentina and Guyana
- Support a local hospital for residents of Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo (and Midema employees)
What surprised you the most about your job?
The challenges that Seaboard faces in a global market. Even though we produce animal feed, wheat-flour, maize products and rice at various locations throughout the globe; not all markets are the same. One market likes a super thick bread (Jamaica), Nigeria enjoys thin bread and the DRC likes a special bread that can be dipped in Coca-cola. One size does not fit all, but out general production equipment and processes are largely similar.
How do you spend your free time? What do you like to do in the city where you live?
I like to exercise a bit. I try to go to the gym a few times a week and then ride a road or mountain bike on the off days. There are some great biking trails around the Kansas and Missouri area that are away from cars. Also, I have three nephews and spend a bit of free time at their sporting events and other activities.
What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?
Researching reviews for random purchases. When I am indifferent towards manufacturers of a particular type of product, I scour the web to find out what reviewers and people in forums think is the best. In some cases, I’ll post and ask people questions. This is helpful for cars, TVs, bicycles and parts, dishwashers and many other items where there are various options to choose from.