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Business Development Associate

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Job ID 177055 Date posted 01/03/2022 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s food ingredients and bio-industrial business, where we anticipate trends around taste, nutrition and safety to innovate and provide solutions to manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Business Development Associate will apply knowledge and advanced analytical skills to contribute as a key member of the Biointermediates Global Business Development Team. Cargill’s Biointermediates business, a part of Cargill’s Bioindustrial group, is focused on delivering renewable and sustainable chemical solutions to world leading brand owners and customers. In this role, you will collaborate with cross functional teams across Biointermediates and the broader Cargill organization to identify and execute transformational new business development opportunities in bio-based chemical intermediate markets.

Key Accountabilities

  • Work in cross functional teams to execute complex business development projects in growth markets by applying in-depth understanding of strategy and advanced analytical skills.

  • Prepare recommendation documents using advanced communication skills to influence business leaders and key stakeholders.

  • Identify and assess new business opportunities using insights from both a market back and technology forward perspective. Gather market intelligence in collaboration with Strategic Marketing to identify strategic implications to current projects and inform future strategy formation. 

  • Support business case development, strategic partnership negotiations and customer agreements that lead to the successful commercialization of new products.

  • 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

  • Experience participating in complex projects requiring team problem solving

  • Experience leveraging written and oral communication to ensure effective stakeholder management

  • Experience with advanced data analysis and financial modeling

  • Minimum of four years of related work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

  • Master's degree or other post-secondary degree or Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Experience in marketing, product line management or management consulting

  • Experience in biochemical, bio-based plastic or packaging related markets

  • Complex conceptual, quantitative and analytical problem solving skills

  • Experience supporting complex international projects and working with diverse teams and cultures

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).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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