Cargill Finance Process Implementation Lead in Wayzata, Minnesota

Finance Process Implementation 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.


Position Purpose:

The Process Implementation Lead (PIL), leads the effort to define business requirements, implements improved business processes, ensures successful deployment of new ERP systems and enhancements, manages system and process testing, manages training of system users for their designated area, and assists with functional stabilization efforts. The Process Implementation Lead will report to the Business Implementation Manager. The PIL will retain functional reporting to the Process Sponsor and will have direct management responsibility for the Super User Network of their functional area. The ability to develop an understanding of interdependencies across Process Areas and integrating with the Data Network is a critical skill for success in this role. The primary focus is to lead the Finance implementation, and progress to management of ongoing SAP enhancement and continuous improvement initiatives, future functionality projects and value realization projects. This role requires significant collaboration and teamwork within SSNA, with our value chain partner BU’s in the FIBI enterprise, and with Global IT.

Principal Accountabilities:

50% - Project Leader Role - Lead implementation of system and process deployment for primary functional area. Responsibilities include: completing business readiness activities in preparation for formal project execution, documenting business specific knowledge and gathering business requirements, validating system configuration and processes meet business needs, accessing and building non-system enabled business processes, ensuring functionality is appropriately tested and trained, and the business is successfully stabilized with the new systems. Ensures consistent implementation of system configuration and processes throughout the organization that are reviewed and approved by Process Sponsors.

20% - CCE - Support CCE Lead with execution of change plan; promote process change in organization. Additionally the role requires leadership execution for Resource Identification and Management – e.g. Support Process Sponsors, Process & Continuous Improvement Manager and HR in identification and staffing of Subject Matter Experts and Super User Network, Direct project management responsibility for Super User Network, onboarding, task allocation, day-to-day work direction, goal setting, one-on-one discussions, and support, Support Super Users’ Manager in Performance Management and Year-End reviews. Identify and lead optimization activities related to Finance and Accounting, collaborating with subject matter experts and super users across the business.

15% - Project Planning & Control - Regularly measures and monitors project progress to identify variances from the plan and make needed corrections for implementation. Contains and resolves issues within the project that do not require Project Sponsor attention. Defines deployment objectives and scope utilizing expert knowledge of project management practices and procedures. Develops the Integrated Project Plan. Ensure organizational readiness and commitment to ongoing enhancements, optimization and value realization activities.

15% - Support Value Realization Activities: Lead efforts in collaboration with the BIM and Process Sponsors which deliver value from system (people, process, data, and technology) improvements. Implement, maintain and communicate metrics to track solution stabilization and value captured through optimization initiatives.


Required Qualifications:

  • B.A. in finance and accounting or 10 years of equivalent experience

  • 10 years of work experience in finance, accounting, or related field; knowledge of GAAP, product costing, and profitability analysis analytics, with 5 years in a supervisory/management position

  • Must be able to travel up to 50% of the time

  • Proven experience leading project work in large scale projects and change management initiatives

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with and manage the expectations of senior management stakeholders to drive organizational and process changes

  • Demonstrated analytical skills; capable of breaking down complex issues and identifying key drivers; can identify cross process upstream and downstream impacts

  • Proven ability to lead, coach, facilitate, and communicate with individuals across a broad range of education, experience, and functional spectrums

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA or graduate level college degree

  • 14 years of work experience in finance, accounting, or related field; advanced knowledge of GAAP, product costing, and profitability analysis

  • Experience with ERP systems

  • Experience working in the SAP solution

  • Project management/PPM experience

  • Understanding of futures and options markets

  • Knowledge of SSNA product line value chains and work processes

  • Very strong ability and appetite to learn and apply new concepts

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Finance/Accounting

Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: UNI05206