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Corporate Strategy Director

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Job ID WAY07751 Date posted 02/27/2020 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

This role is part of Cargill's Corporate Strategy and Development Group, which helps the top leaders of one of the largest privately held companies in the world solve their toughest strategic questions.

Do you have a passion for strategy? We are looking for a Corporate Strategy Director to join our Minneapolis location. In this role, you will work closely with Cargill’s Executive Team and other senior business leaders to create high-impact corporate, business, and function strategies. Working within Cargill's Corporate Strategy provides an exciting opportunity to lead teams, advise senior and executive leaders, and have a meaningful impact within our company as well as the broader Food & Agriculture industry! You will work in partnership with Cargill's leadership to develop winning strategies that drive sustained, profitable growth in an increasingly dynamic and global Food & Agriculture environment. You will advise on how to handle the risks and identify the opportunities presented by the biggest global issues facing the world today – from food security and climate change to global trade flows and new technologies. Specific work may include advising existing businesses, evaluating market entry opportunities, developing new business models, and defining our long-term corporate and regional strategy

As the Director, you will provide a holistic view of the region as we define our long-term regional strategy, identify, attract and develop the regional talent and counsel regional leaders.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Provide guidance and oversight of multiple large-scale and high-impact strategy projects simultaneously, including the development of high-level implementation plans aligned with the organization’s strategic goals and objectives

  • Identify key issues across Cargill, and in specific region or area of expertise, that require leadership and strategic engagement

  • Counsel senior leaders on a range of topics including current and potential opportunities and threats; create consensus for strategic recommendations

  • Maintain intelligence of external trends and provide connectivity across businesses and functions within Cargill, and in region or area of expertise

  • Provide strategic input into evaluation of MADJV opportunities in collaboration with the businesses, Corporate Development and FP&A

  • Utilize expert knowledge of and experience in strategy development to lead teams

  • Coach and develop direct reports to prepare them for future roles within Strategy and across Cargill

  • Provide input on the broader talent model and recruitment of top talent for Corporate Strategy

  • Build and maintain relationships with strategy consulting firms, graduate business schools, and other external advisors


  • 6 years of experience in strategy development (e.g. corporate, business, and functional) within a corporation or a leading consulting firm,
  • 3 years of leading teams at executive level engagements and/or working with senior leadership
  • Strong and demonstrated strategy tool kit, business acumen, team and project leadership skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High sense of accountability, strong will to succeed, demonstrated desire to learn, and pragmatism
  • Ability to travel typically <10% but occasional projects with higher requirements (up to 50% short term)
  • Strong expertise in the region and proficiency in English
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master’s/MBA degree
  • Exposure to, or demonstrated affinity for, Food & Ag or related industries
  • Language ability in addition to English, i.e. Spanish, & Portuguese
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