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Cocoa & Chocolate (CC) North America (NA) Production Excellence (PE) Leader

Wayzata, 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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Cargill is a great, energetic place to work. We can be ourselves and do the work we like, because of our inclusive culture. Together, our teams work hard to help the world thrive.”

Lisa W., Senior Engineering Manager

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

Liam Mccarthy, EMEA, Plant Engineering Manager

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.”

Nattalia Muttoni, LATAM, Continuous Improvement Supervisor

Cocoa & Chocolate (CC) North America (NA) Production Excellence (PE) Leader

Job ID 292002 Date posted 05/01/2024

Cargill’s size and scale allows us to make a positive impact in the world. Our purpose is to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. We are a family company providing food, ingredients, agricultural solutions and industrial products that are vital for living. We connect farmers with markets so they can prosper. We connect customers with ingredients so they can make meals people love. And we connect families with daily essentials — from eggs to edible oils, salt to skincare, feed to alternative fuel. Our 160,000 colleagues, operating in 70 countries, make essential products that touch billions of lives each day. Join us and reach your higher purpose at Cargill.

Cargill, Incorporated seeks a full-time Cocoa & Chocolate (CC) North America (NA) Production Excellence (PE) Leader. The CC NA PE Leader manages, sustains, and optimizes end-to-end integrated business processes to enable a strong process culture within the business and provides expertise and insights to drive business readiness, stabilize processes, and produce outcomes that support customer expectations.

This position requires

  • a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Business Management, Food Engineering, Food Science and Technology, or a related field and four (4) years of experience in food manufacturing and production operations management.
  • Must also have 12 months of experience (which may have been gained concurrently) with each of the following:
    • (1) deploying annual operations strategic plan, using Hoshin Kanri, and management systems to create a production excellence environment and boost plant performance through continuous improvement projects;
    • (2) coaching and training teams on and implementing 5S, Visual Management, Root Cause Analysis, and Kaizen methodologies;
    • (3) using continuous improvement tools to drive plant performance, including: Standard Conditions and Procedures, Operational Team Training and Development, Shift Performance Review, Key Performance Indicators, and Statistical and Data Analyses;
    • (4) leading the implementation of TRACC solutions, serving as the site TRACC deployment leader, and training trainers in manufacturing excellence best practices while applying lean manufacturing principles and total productive maintenance; and
    • (5) ensuring stable operations and implementing the Performance Dialogue process across plants, delivering process improvement projects to correct the performance gap; coordinating cross-functional initiatives with Engineering, Maintenance, Automation, and Research and Development; and providing training and coaching to the involved teams with a focus on ensuring sustainability of the new process.
  • All experience may be gained concurrently.
  • Position supervises one subordinate.
  • Position requires domestic travel up to 10% of the time.
  • May telecommute from any location in the U.S.
  • HQ at 15407 McGinty Road West, Wayzata, MN 55391.
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Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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