Cargill VP, Business Communications Leader in Wayzata, Minnesota
VP, Business Communications Leader
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 & Summary
The VP, Business Communications Leader is responsible for setting the communications vision for Cargill and creating an integrated stakeholder management strategy with the Enterprise Communications Leads on key topics such as public policy, thought leadership and corporate responsibility, and financial performance. This work will include crisis management, anticipating emerging issues and developing a “pre-active” practice to prepare Cargill for short-term shocks to the system.
This position reports to the VP, Corporate Affairs, is a part of the Corporate Affairs (CA) Global Management Team, and is located in Wayzata, MN.
50% - Strategy Development/Planning and Execution/ External Communications & Business Partnerships
Develop and lead an external communications strategy for Cargill in support the organizations strategic objectives. Ensure the enterprise and regional communications strategies are integrated and aligned.
Develop and implement integrated communications strategies to advance Cargill’s strategic intent across key stakeholder audiences including customers, prospects, vertical and horizontal media outlets, general public, etc.
In close partnership with the Enterprise Communications Leaders (ECLs), manage communications support to enterprises and business groups, ensuring they are aligned to the broader strategy and focused on Cargill’s top business priorities.
In close partnership with Regional Communications Leaders (RCLs), develop region-wide strategies to ensure a coordinated and consistent Cargill voice across our businesses and internal audiences in a given geography.
Ensure alignment with the Corporate Affairs Leadership Organizational Communications Leader to ensure messages around key issues impacting Cargill are aligned with the internal communications strategy.
Proactively identify relevant and emerging issues facing the organization and partner with the Corporate Affairs Global Management Team to identify opportunities and solutions
Create thought-leadership strategies that strategically position and advance Cargill’s vision.
Act as primary point of contact with media outlets, proactively pitching stories, responding to incoming media inquiries, developing media relationships and acting as a spokesperson for Cargill.
25% - People Resources & Budget Management
Accountable for performance management, talent development, succession planning, coaching and engagement of team
Manage the budget for external communications organization; determine resource needs, plan for future needs, approve selection decisions
Responsible for aligning overall team resources to execute against short and long term strategies.
Provides guidance to direct reports in areas of resource deployment and quality of communications products and services.
25% - Process Execution and Operating Excellence
Create and facilitate a strong issues management and strategic planning process.
Oversee coordination of multiple delivery channels to support communications strategies for targeted audiences.
Directs development and production of communications materials for targeted audiences.
Establish and oversee enforcement of the standards, policies, navigation and content on the organization’s Intranet site.
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
Minimum Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree; preferably in journalism, communications or a related field
15 years of experience in corporate communications
6 years of managerial experience
Extensive experience with external communications at a corporate level
Excellent presentation, public speaking and written communication skills
Exceptional organizational skills; ability to manage several projects at once, even while away from the office
Proficient skills in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
An inspiring people leader with a track record of developing comprehensive communications strategy, planning and prioritization in a global setting across diverse businesses, markets and geopolitical circumstances
Experience developing stakeholder engagement plans and compelling narratives that demonstrate how our policy, financial performance and thought leadership positions advance our business objectives
A proven leader in crisis communications, issues management and media relations
Track record of success in large global organizations with matrixed reporting relationships between businesses and functions
Ability to manage through strategic ambiguity and create engaging narratives that move the organization forward
Demonstrated systems thinker who actively aligns company priorities and actions with Cargill narrative
Strategic planner who can translate high-level corporate strategy and vision into detailed communication plans and campaigns
Change management expert who can lead stakeholder mapping and change actions to accelerate behavior change
Ability to manage multiple, high profile projects simultaneously and assign both internal and external resources to provide surge capacity when needed
Proven C-suite coach who can influence, align through clear arguments and supporting points, and prepare executives for variety of internal speaking engagements
Strong relationship manager who exhibits grace under pressure with colleagues at all levels of the company
Proven people leader who can articulate inspiring agenda, provide clear direction to team members, and oversee detailed execution plans
Impeccable writing, attention to detail and coaching skills to help build strong team of internal communications professionals
Experience in the food and/or agriculture industry
Strong knowledge of social and digital media
Awareness of and relationships with external industry forums
Work or living experience outside of one’s home country (global experience)
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata
Job Type Standard
Shift Day Job
Req ID: WAY05833