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Digital Innovation and Accelerator Program Associate

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Job ID 148438 Date posted 12/04/2021 Location : Hopkins, Minnesota

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Job Purpose and Impact

The “EDGE Associate” will support the Program Manager in leading the company’s Entrepreneurial Digital Growth Engine (EDGE), which is the company’s internal digital startup accelerator program. In this role, you will be involved in all managing processes including due diligence, evaluating financial models, reviewing startup team documents and pitch materials, contributing to investment memos, and maintaining the investment portfolio scorecards. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Drive all transaction processes, working in a project team along with the program manager.
  • Work with program manager, startup coaches, and startup founders in managing processes and work streams such as updating and tracking pitch practice, scheduling, recording and following-up on EDGE board meetings, and coordinating with the board.
  • Responsible for final preparation of board related materials such as internal and external presentations, financial models, and pitch decks
  • Contribute to development of EDGE investment portfolio in line with strategic priorities and EDGE investment theses, support idea cultivation and sourcing process with the company’s businesses in partnership with enterprise digital leads
  • Contribute to EDGE communication, methodology and processes for continuous improvement (recruitment, training, others) along with project execution.
  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience in a corporate environment
  • Demonstrated technical skills, modelling capabilities, and understanding of finance and accounting
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree, MBA
  • Experience working with lean startup methodology
  • Experience working in a startup company
  • Experience in corporate innovation programs
  • Experience with venture capital

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

US Covid-19 Vaccination Update: Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time.  Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing). 

Cargill altamente recomienda la vacunación contra el COVID-19, pero no dicta ser un requisito mandatorio en este momento. Para el instante de su contratación, se le pedirá proveer información acerca de su estatus de vacunación, pero en caso de no estar vacunado o preferir no divulgar este detalle, se esperará que usted se apegue a los protocolos de seguridad de Cargill para empleados no vacunados, es decir, (utilización de mascarilla y distanciamiento social) 

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