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Commercial Excellence Associate Internship 2023

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Job ID 233822 Date posted 08/26/2022 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

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Position Application:

All candidates must complete Cargill’s online application prior to interviewing. Below you will find a link to complete the application for this position. To be considered for employment, you must apply online and complete the entire application process, along with an e-signature before the application deadline.

Application deadline Sunday, December 4 at 11:59pm (CST). Please submit a current resume and cover letter (required). Please submit your resume and cover letter in one document.

Your Internship:

Gain real experience. Learn from the best. See how your work matters.

Our internships are designed to prepare you for your career journey, not a final destination. When you join our team, you are welcomed into a community committed to providing you with a safe environment to learn, grow and cultivate your skills. With our expansive learning resources, our well-respected leaders, and our carefully curated development courses, you will be equipped to confidently solve tomorrow's global issues. And, truthfully, our future relies on you. Your innovative minds, your intentional collaboration, and your sincere desire to nourish the world. Your work may be local, but at Cargill, your impact will be global. Join our community to cultivate your curiosity, develop meaningful relationships and propel your career.

Commercial Excellence Associate Internship 2023

Organization Overview

The Commercial Excellence (CE) Center of Expertise (COE) is a global organization that builds commercial capabilities and designs best practices across enterprises to accelerate customer-driven growth. The CE COE operates across seven different priority areas: Route-to-Market Strategy, Customer and Consumer Insights, Strategic Pricing, Digital Customer Experience, Sales Operations and Enablement, Marketing and Brand, and Commercial Talent.

The CE COE puts customers at the center of the way we work. Our goal is to advance a customer-driven culture and help businesses achieve sustainable organic growth in ways that optimize value for our customers. The CE COE responds to market disruption with bold thinking and transformational approaches, leveraging Cargill’s global expertise to drive change cross-enterprise by developing and scaling commercial capabilities and mindsets of the future.  

Position Overview

The CE COE Intern works closely with CE COE global leaders and advisors to support development and advancement of global best practices and strategies for commercial capability building. As part of the CE COE, interns will help set the standard for commercial excellence across our businesses and regions, making Cargill better than the sum of its parts by: 

  • ​​​Energizing the organization and evolving our culture
  • Building next generation commercial capabilities
  • Advancing how we work and grow with customers

The CE COE Intern’s contributions will help Cargill reach new levels of maturity and effectiveness to win in our global markets and with our customers. 

Principal Intern Accountabilities:

  • Lead a key primary project related to CE initiatives and priorities that will generate near-term and long-term value, and support delivery in line with broad strategic objectives
  • Work with stakeholders across the CE COE and Cargill broadly to identify project inputs and dependencies, refine approaches, synthesize learnings, and develop solutions that deliver strategic value
  • Contribute to one or more secondary projects that support broader CE teams, based on current priorities
  • Actively participate in shadowing opportunities, CE COE learning sessions, and broader internship programming

The CE COE internship is structured to offer value across three priorities:

  • Diversity of Experience: Provide broad variety and exposure across Cargill’s organizations, projects, and people
  • Growth: Allow for meaningful short-term and long-term growth potential through impactful project work, leadership development, and relationship-building
  • Connectivity: Create links for the intern across the CE COE and Cargill, exploring how the broader ecosystem of Cargill organizations, functions, priorities, and people fits together

Our Programming:

  • With comprehensive learning resources at your disposal, you can take your learning in any direction. 
  • Throughout the internship, interns are invited to weekly events that offer personal and professional development opportunities, including leadership panels with direct exposure to Cargill executives, and the ability to engage with other MBA cross-functional interns across the U.S.
  • Regular CE COE Discovery sessions provide meaningful insight and context into the CE COE as an organization, including its practice, people, and future.
  • As Cargill employees, interns also receive access to volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off for volunteer activities.

Internship Details:

  • Internships are paid and are 10 weeks in duration.
  • Interns who demonstrate outstanding performance and a curiosity to learn more may be offered a full-time position for the following year.
  • Housing assistance and relocation reimbursement are available to interns who qualify
  • Day-to-day transportation to and from work (in Wayzata, MN) is the responsibility of the intern.

Our Benefits:

No matter who you are or where you are, we have resources to meet your needs. As an intern, you’ll have access to a wide variety of programs to support you and help you thrive. Eligible programs and incentives include: 

  • Paid time off
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing program
  • Digital Learning Library
  • Housing and Relocation Assistance for those that qualify

Our Network: 

Your development is our priority. With our outstanding global network, you will establish relationships, acquire mentors, and build your professional contacts. Our program encourages and orchestrates networking opportunities that will benefit you now and in your future career. During the internship, you will also receive consistent support from university recruiting staff, mentors, colleagues, and your supervisor.

Our Vibrant Community:

At Cargill, you will be a part of our vibrant global community with a culture that celebrates diversity. This is a reflection of the clients we serve and generates an intellectually diverse set of employees. Business Resource Groups (BRGs) help us embrace our diversity, make our culture more inclusive and enhance our employees’ outstanding talents and perspectives to benefit our organization and employees.

Our U.S. Business Resource Groups include:

Asian Alliance Network, Cargill Young Professionals Network, Cargill Ability Network (iCAN), Cargill Ebony Council, Group Responsible for Orienting and Welcoming (GROW), Hispanic-Latino Council, Cargill Pride Network, Veterans & Military Support Network, and Cargill Women’s Network.

Job Location:

  • This position is based in Wayzata, MN
  • This position has expectations around regular time in the office, but allows for remote work at other times

Required Qualifications:

  • Pursuing an MBA or relevant Master’s degree with anticipated graduation date in 2024 or 2025
  • Able to complete a 10 week internship in the summer (May/June- August 2023)  
  • Ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders toward a defined set of objectives
  • Strong attention to detail and a laser-like focus on value capture
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and problem-solving skills, including working with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds
  • Strong critical thinking abilities, including the ability to develop strong logical hypotheses and confidently take ideas from concept to action
  • High sense of accountability, strong comfort in ambiguity, and a drive to create meaningful structure in broad context
  • Strong desire to learn 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2-4 years of relevant professional experience in commercial functions, organizational strategy, and/or food/agriculture
  • Experience navigating complex, global organizations
  • Experience working with international stakeholders
  • Bilingual  

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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