Cargill Maintenance and Reliability Excellence Leader - Grain & Oilseeds - North America in Wayzata, Minnesota

Maintenance and Reliability Excellence Leader - Grain & Oilseeds - North America

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 Overview:

As the Maintenance and Reliability Excellence Leader, you are responsible for the strategic/tactical oversight of reliability excellence (RE) governance and plant asset management in Cargill Agriculture Supply Chain (CASC) enterprise within North America. Activities include development, alignment, and implementation of RE programs for the region in line with the CASC enterprise RE strategy, operational/maintenance effectiveness and continuous improvement; related project planning, contractor/vendor management; best practices application, training and support; and people management. You will also liaise, provide and seek guidance to/from Enterprise and Region/Function Operational Leadership and Plant Site members. You will also:

  • Develop, align, deploy and execue group wide reliability excellence vision, strategy as well as direct program administration for the region

  • Lead and execute the deployment of leading RE practices, tools and processes for the region to improve capacity utilization and quality standards realized through reliable/efficient operations.

  • Directly lead group/regional effort through group/regional leadership and proup/regional deployment teams (i.e. assigned regional reliability SME’s/Engineers) to drive tactical strategic execution of continuous improvement processes and procedures to install safe, reliable and sustainable plants, to deliver best cost solutions as well as to optimize total cost of ownership.

  • Assess organization readiness and implements reliability processes policies and procedures. Manages and implements the decision-making rights, framework structure and metrics (i.e. Leadership alignment, Scorecard, KRAs, PMP).

Principal Accountabilities:

Operational/maintenance effectiveness and continuous improvement, prevent, maintain & repair:

  • Partners with Group/Region Functional Operational leadership and Plant management to develop approaches for meeting efficiency standards, recommend process improvements and develop business case for improved operational effectiveness methods and leading practices.

  • Identifies gaps, opportunities and proposes solutions to address customer needs and to support businesses medium/short-term strategic fit.

  • Directly oversees Group/Region level execution of integrated RE processes by establishing continuous improvement practices and methodology (PISW, Kaizen SMED, RCM).

  • Implements, monitors and maintains asset health strategy (i.e. asset criticality, maintenance strategies, health reporting), stabilization (i.e. cause mapping, 5S, 5 Whys) and operator care / Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) strategies (i.e. inspection routines, defect tagging, visual management, one point lessons) for Group/Region.

  • Establishes and implements compliance and audit governance. Enforces corporate benchmarking metrics and performance measurements. Ensures cost effective utilization and integrity of automated tools and technology.

  • Sets Group/Region targets and goals to assess RE program business impact, and to track performance (i.e. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE); Total Maintenance Cost/RAV; Asset Health, Audit Compliance).

Project planning, contractor/vendor management;

  • Influences and monitors asset reliability policies into capital Project Delivery Processes (PDP) for Group/Region. Manages risk, issues and remove barriers to ensure completion of Reliability Deliverables milestones within budget.

  • Directly oversees execution activities required for senior Group/Region/Sites stakeholder/project team engagement, organizational readiness, and stakeholder management, training classes, communication activities and leadership alignment.

  • Works with Group/Region Function and Sites Operational Leadership/Management to establish specific capital spending planning as well as when applicable provides input on selection/management of maintenance contractors.

Best practices application, training and support

  • Utilizes broad and deep business knowledge of RE principles and practices to partner with Group/Region Operational/Functional/Business/Site leadership to develop and execute RE best practices philosophy, application and training methodologies. Leverages best practices and agreed approaches across multiple plants and Groups.

  • Actively pursues and reinforces continuing education around leading RE practices and governs its application across Group/Region.

  • Establishes and drives quality management methodology and tools. Directly leads through effective change management processes and communication venues.

  • Works with HR to establish/implement a competency based learning and development program at Group/Region level.

People and budget management

  • Indirectly accountable for performance management, talent development, succession planning and engagement for Group/Region RE team and indirectly oversees maintenance and reliability personnel.

  • Establishes and implements cascading RE KRAs at the BU level



  • Bachelor’s Degree or 10 or more years directly related work experience

  • 10 or more years operational and/or maintenance experience

  • 3 or more years of leading teams

  • Ability to travel frequently (50%)


  • Advanced Degree in Engineering

  • 15 years operational, engineering, and maintenance experience

  • Lean – Six Sigma Black belt

  • Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP)

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Maintenance and Reliability

Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: WAY05805