Cargill Capital Procurement Execution Lead in Blair, Nebraska

Capital Procurement Execution Lead

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Strategic Sourcing & Procurement is a global organization with regional category teams in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific that, along with a strong core team and procurement alignment, are implementing new sourcing strategies to support Cargill businesses and functions. Strategic Sourcing & Procurement employees gain broad exposure to Cargill businesses as they drive tangible value for the organization.

Regional category teams are organized around 5 category areas that drive spends activity for chemicals, ingredients, packaging, plant materials and services, and corporate materials and services. Regional category teams develop and drive category strategies to leverage Cargill's global and regional position in the market, drive stronger connectivity, accountability and relationships with Cargill businesses, and clearly understand the business requirements of the businesses they support.

The primary function of this position is to manage the timely and cost-effective procurement of capital materials and services and requisite contracts and agreements to support Cargill’s project/production activities. These activities include but are not limited to supporting the strategic procurement process, execution of regional and/or local agreements to include team-based bid processes, RFX’s, negotiations, supplier selection/development and contract management.

This position will also coordinate activities with Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, Logistics, Plant Management, Operations and Maintenance, Accounting, and Law personnel to meet supply and demand goals.

50% Project Execution

  • Assist in determining logistics strategy (vendor controlled, Cargill-controlled, combination)

  • Help define critical supply markets (not limited to equipment) and optimal supply chains together with CSL

  • Identify any market trends or conditions that may affect lead times together with CSL

  • Lead and develop negotiation strategies for major bid packages in close alignment with the CSL

  • Assemble bid packages, including complete specifications, contract templates & safety documentation in conjunction with EL and execute the RFQ process

  • Review bid packages with Engineering Lead prior to awarding the contract and issuing the purchase order to confirm the proposal meets the required codes and specifications, includes a completed Inspection Test Plan (ITP) where necessary, acknowledgement of the owner approval requirements, and the vendor’s schedule.

  • Support Engineering to identify and execute TCO analysis for Goods and / or Services and determine cost drivers for input into TCO Models together with CSL

  • Follow BCC Equipment Sourcing and Inspection Process with support of the CSL and the BCC sourcing team

  • Use CSSP MIDAS team in alignment with the CSL to build negotiation strategies and create competitive advantage.

  • Support Engineering and Reliability to establish a spare parts strategy (capitalized vs. expensed, etc.)

  • Support Project Accountant or buyer in applying requisition and PO procedures.

  • Lead negotiations and contracting for awarded bid packages. Include negotiated lead times and any penalties in contracts

30% Procurement Lead

  • Influence Business leaders to drive optimum levels of CSSP collaboration on Capital projects

  • Align with Business leaders to implement competitive bidding process, category and contracting strategies

  • Ensure visibility and engagement on Business capital project plans and manage the global insight tracker

  • Lead the promotion and application of existing sourcing strategies on appropriate Capital projects

  • Lead and/or assist in the development and implementation of category strategies

  • Responsible for development and execution of Procurement Deliverables in Build Capital Projects

  • Accountable for meeting execution and key category value targets for assigned Businesses.

  • Participate at an early stage in project planning sessions to thoroughly understand BU / Project requirements, technical background information & sourcing support needs

  • Work with the Regional Category Sourcing Leads to ensure deployment of category strategies & building opportunities on a cross location / BU, country, regional basis

10% Project Management Support

  • Gather project-specific data, provide requirements & specifications as needed

  • Support engineering to identify long lead-time items (12 weeks)

  • Manage designated supplier relationships including escalation of performance issues.

  • Assist in establishment of procurement & requisitioning roles and accountabilities (project Accountant, requisitions, buyers, onsite material management, etc.) in close alignment with the Build Project Manager (BPM) and the CSL

  • Create and maintain major equipment & services list, in conjunction with Engineering Lead (EL) & BPM

  • Determine need for Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s) & Network Access Agreements (NAA’s) in conjunction with the Engineering Lead. Issue prior to, or with, bid packages as appropriate

  • Participate in IPA project reviews and collect lessons learned together with CSL.

10% Project Sourcing

  • Identify potential engineering firms, in conjunction with the EL, BPM & CSL

  • Identify potential suppliers for equipment & services, including Select Suppliers and/or Best Cost Country suppliers in conjunction with the EL & CSL

  • Follow contractor pre-qualification process


Required Qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Engineering or Business Administration

  • Minimum of 3 year of Strategic Sourcing/Procurement OR Engineering experience; preferably purchasing Capital or MRO

  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time

  • Good knowledge of process equipment &/or industrial construction processes

  • Solid knowledge in safety and food safety

  • Sound analytical and problem solving skills.

  • High motivation and drive to deliver results

  • Demonstrated ability to establish common processes

  • Competitive bidding experience and contracting knowledge

  • Knowledge of the business environment Cargill is operating in and requirements

  • Strong interpersonal skills & ability to:

  • Engage, communicate & influence project stakeholder

  • Establish trust & credibility with other functional and senior stakeholders

  • Strong project management experience and skills

  • Strong change management results

  • Demonstrated ability to work with suppliers and drive mutually beneficial solutions

  • IT skills (basic MS packages)

  • Understanding of main legal concepts included in purchase contracts for capital goods & services Preferred Qualifications

  • CPSM or equivalent purchasing qualification (or currently working towards qualification)

  • 5 years in Capital Sourcing or Project Engineering Experience.

  • IT skills (intermediate to advanced skill level in MS Excel)

  • Experience of using TCO analysis based sourcing decisions

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Strategic Sourcing & Procurement

Primary Location US-NE-Blair

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: BLA01218