Cargill Plant Manager in Bloomington, Illinois

Plant Manager

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Position Purpose & Summary

Strategic operational oversight for all production/operating processes for a more complex plant and/or multiple plants with a moderate level of complexity. Ensures areas of responsibilities meet Business/Plant standards for safety, quality, operational effectiveness and financial performance.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Leads employee and food/feed safety program standards and goals for a more complex plant and/or multiple plants. Accountable for all internal/external operating/regulatory procedures on employee safety and food/feed safety including strategic and tactical execution in alignment with Corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory (FSQR) Functions as well as government regulations.

  • Collaborates with EHS/FSQR experts to ensure the most effective risk mitigation plans and regulatory compliance strategies are in place:

  • Health & Safety: champions a culture of zero injury and illness.

  • Environmental: Reduces and proactively avoids environmental impact and potential risk to the businesses.

  • Food Safety: Accountable for eliminating risks associated with products. Ensures HACCP/FDA requirements are met in all food and feed processes.

  • Educates/trains workforce in the food safety fundamentals and completes safety inspections and housekeeping audits.

  • Oversees EHS/FSQR incident data to identify risks and to act on risk mitigation strategies (i.e. safety index, RIFR, food safety index, FSQR and FDA audits).

  • Leads tactical and strategic initiatives representing the business with external/internal regulatory authorities. Has overall accountability for maintaining good rapport with the local community and regulatory agencies.

  • Builds and maintains community relations that align with Cargill’s corporate and business interests while addressing stakeholders/community needs. Represents Cargill in the local community serving as the primary spokesperson by directly responding to food safety, animal welfare and environmental affairs related topics.

  • Sets and deploys operational priorities for a more complex plant and/or multiple plants. Leads strategic and tactical operations/quality management deliverables to ensure customer and product/quality standards requirements are met within specifications.

  • Collaborates/partners with Logistics/Procurement/Sales/Supply Chain professionals to ensure availability of raw materials and ability to meet customer specifications and timelines. Ensures that customers are satisfied and that any inquiries, incidents and/or issues are resolved in a timely manner.

  • Develops and oversees implementation of performance metrics for capturing, monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of corporate quality management activities and programs at the plant level.

  • Partners with internal/external stakeholders (i.e. customers, Engineering, FSQR, Sales, Technology) to define, adopt and monitor performance indicators to identify/measure quality performance in areas that impact the customers and recommend areas of improvement and innovation.

  • Champions and leverages technology innovation by developing strategic operational plans and by coordinating execution. Partners with Business leadership and with Technology/Engineering departments to identify emerging trends and translate into long-medium term operational goals. Ensures Cargill Intellectual Property (IP) materials, processes and knowledge are protected and maintained.

  • Develops/supports Business/Plant customer relationships by meeting businesses objectives and by understanding how operational performance impact internal/external customers.

  • Leads, directs and controls capital and operating budgets for a more complex plant and/or multiple plants to achieve medium-term outlook financial performance objectives set by the business. Ensures and holds direct reports accountable for meeting and controlling operating expenses and established targets.

  • Manages manufacturing P&L budgets/metrics and understands how production expenditure/costs impacts businesses margins and pricing. Forecasts overall volume of orders and inventory turns/costs. Partners with procurement/sales departments to establish best sourcing/pricing practices.

  • Accountable for setting and managing base and non-base capital investments projects for a more complex plant and/or multiple plants. Partners with appropriate COEs (i.e. functional operations management, Business commercial/general managers, Engineering PDGs) to align medium/long-term businesses strategic goals in the development of plant capital investment strategies. Ensures capital projects objectives and scope are consistent with business strategy and technology strategy.

  • Builds reliability and process safety into capital projects. May directly implement, execute and deploy all base and non-base capital investments projects in accordance to pre-approved budgets and by using proper project management tools/practices (i.e. Project Delivery Process, Portfolio Project Management, and build template).

  • Responsible for overseeing the overall operational management of a more complex plant and/or multiple plants. Implements operational efficiency improvements which may include, but are not limited to, standardization of plant information manufacturing systems, quality control, safety, production reliability excellence and maintenance, operators best practices, etc.

  • Responsible for aligning overall team resources, with direct coordination/support from Operations Managers/Production Supervisors, to execute against medium-long term strategies and for meeting medium-term outlook strategic operations goals in accordance with Business/plant objectives.

  • Enforces a culture that builds, operates and maintains plants that are operational sound, safe, and efficient. Champions and leverages leading operational practices and aggressively raise the performance of poor departments by monitoring key performance indicators (i.e. yield optimization, energy/water usage reductions, operator safety indexes, etc).

  • Leads Reliability Excellence processes across more complex plant and ensures the reliability culture is foundational to operations. Enforces common reliability processes and metrics (focus on eliminating the root-cause of reliability problems, REPI deployments, etc) to achieve targeted results from continuous improvement practices, and validates the importance of Reliability Excellence through key successes (scorecard and metrics control, total cost of maintenance, total cost of ownership, monthly review of compliance audits, etc).

  • Collaborates with COEs to identify, deploy and leverage opportunities for continuous improvements applicable to the entire business/enterprise.

  • Develops/supervises and provides coaching to Operations Managers/ Production Supervisors including coaching Cargill’s core values and guiding principles for a more complex plant.

  • Administers/oversees general workforce administration policies and programs in the areas of communications, staffing, training, evaluations, disciplinary actions and safety. Develops planning for future production workforce needs and participates in selection of employees.

  • Responsible for developing strong leaders and a more diverse workforce by seeking multiple approaches to source/attract diverse talent. Incorporates diversity in succession planning and job fulfillment.

  • Develops/Implements Plant/Business operational/reliability/safety training programs and monitors employee performance records on a monthly/ quarterly basis.

  • Accountable for medium-term outlook workforce planning and accountable for successful training and on boarding of new/transferred employees as well as workforce engagement, recognition, development and coaching.

  • Leads and implements systems and processes to maintain a highly engaged workforce. Holds direct reports accountable for actively addressing engagement issues and identifies/leverages best practices in engagement.


Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

  • Strong safety leadership and continuous improvement

  • Prefer extraction solvent experience

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-IL-Bloomington

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: BLO00237