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Deployment Lead - Business Readiness & Simulations

Wayzata, Minnesota | Minneapolis, Minnesota |

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Cargill operates some of the most technologically advanced production plants in the world. We need responsible, effective, safety-minded and best-in-class individuals to join our team. Engineers are vital in ensuring that consistent engineering standards are maintained to meet corporate, legal, regulatory and customer requirements. Close coordination across various teams including engineering, operations, maintenance and reliability, safety, logistics and supply chain will be integral to the success of this role. Please note, specific roles will vary greatly by plant and location. Safety is always our number one priority, and no matter your experience level, we will train you for success. Your work in our plants can help you grow both personally and professionally. Discover how your work can nourish the world and help you thrive.

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During my time at Cargill I have been provided with many exciting opportunities to develop my engineering expertise and experience.”

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In 2014, I chose Cargill to be the company where I would do a compulsory internship in the Chemical Engineering course. Six years later, I see that it was a very assertive choice. As a trainee, engineer, or continuous improvement Supervisor, I fulfilled in being able to use my strengths, be authentic, and exercise my purpose to impact people's lives. Also, I have access to so many opportunities! Being a woman in a factory environment can be challenging! We are still starting to occupy this space, but, without a doubt, it is gratifying to work in a company that puts people first and promotes an inclusive and diverse environment.”

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Deployment Lead - Business Readiness & Simulations

Job ID 287362 Date posted 05/01/2024

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s animal nutrition and health business, where we improve lives through better nutrition. Our team researches, innovates and creates solutions that deliver healthy results for our customers.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Deployment Lead - Business Readiness & Simulations is accountable for the local deployment team fulfillment and activation for the deployment of SAP within Cargill Animal Nutrition & Health. In this role, you will lead all business readiness activities that will include pre-deployment activities such as identifying, preparing, and developing the resources required for SAP deployment as well as simulation activities that will give the confidence that the new system is deployed based on the in-market business need. You will ensure processes, data and information are established and streamlined for a successful technology deployment. You will be crucial to drive results, proactively identify and resolve problems and partner collaboratively with business deployment team, users and the SAP program team to deliver specific business requirements. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Partner closely with key teams and lead the project management and execution for business readiness, including resourcing, training, developing success criteria, process scoping, taxonomy, planning, communication and other region-specific activities. 
  • Lead and monitor progress to ensure successful deployment of SAP solutions in the targeted regions and markets through business readiness activities that are delivered on time, within budget and quality.  
  • Prepare business for simulation and identify the use cases, resources and infrastructure for successful business simulation prior to SAP deployments.  Ensure organizational readiness and leaderships commitment to successful execution. 
  • Identify barriers and challenges for successful projects, identify alternatives and implement the preferred and approved recommendations to mitigate project risk, ensuring that go-live preparation activities are completed timely and executed as planned. 
  • Improve business alignment prior to deployment and sustainable operating results after the project is achieved and provide hyper care support for the first 30 days and transition to post go live support from 30-90 days. 
  • Provide advanced knowledge and thought leadership to support business process managers in identifying and resolving issues and risks. Collaborate with BIM’s and regional project teams in driving the overall deployment activities.
  • Develops detailed procedures for the following based on site / location categories tailored to ANH’s Tier 1 – 3 location definitions (Business readiness, Business simulations, Sustain & optimize of ERP investments) 
  • Provide expert thought leadership in your field and work with limited direction, using additional research and interpretation to identify issues or problems. You may provide direction to supporting team members and be a strategic contributor.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of six years of related work experience, including leading deployments of modern ERP systems and collaborating across functions to drive process enhancements

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in information technology, business administration, engineering or applied economics
  • Confirmed proficiency in utilizing change management tools and processes to initiate and support change
  • Experience implementing information technology processes, systems and organizational changes
  • Experience leading and managing projects with change management element
  • Experience on a business process technology application implementation team
  • Proficiency of business operations, global perspective, and adaptability to regional needs with global processes
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify performance gaps and root causes 
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration 


Short Description

Minnesota Sick and Safe Leave accruals of one hour for every 30 worked, up to 48 hours per calendar year unless otherwise provided by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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