Cargill HR Solutions-Retirement Analyst in Hopkins, Minnesota

HR Solutions-Retirement Analyst

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

This position is a member of the Retirement Benefits Team with primary responsibility being accountable for the oversight of Cargill’s qualified and non-qualified defined contribution (retirement) U.S. plan administration. This position, under limited supervision, is responsible for: Advising employees about eligibility, plans rules and procedures, benefits available, record maintenance, quarterly/annual match calculation and administration, and auditing records to ensure compliance. Work with internal IT teams to ensure system configuration changes are executed as plans change. Execute cyclical compliance work associated with Cargill’s retirement plans including but not limited to, annual external audit(s) and required notices and filings. Partner with and provide guidance to external vendor on plan questions and design in accordance with plan documents. Engage legal resources when necessary to ensure plans are administered in compliance with plan documents and retirement legislation.

Principal Accountabilities

60%Develop, Implement and Execute HR Operations Strategies, Policies and Programs, and Processes: Draws upon general HR Operations/Retirement administration and/or general understanding of business requirements, strategies to perform the day-to-day administration and support of the qualified and non-qualified retirement plans including:

  • Act as Retirement SME to guide projects/operations within the design and execution of the HR Services/Operations governance framework.

  • Calculating and executing the quarterly and annual match on applicable retirement plans. This includes but is not limited to the actual calculation, researching and updating inaccurate data, executing wire transfers, and charging out the allocation to appropriate businesses.

  • Oversight and execution of the administration of non-qualified deferred compensation plans and programs for senior leaders. This includes both account balanced plans and reimbursement programs such as: compensation deferral plans and the executive financial planning reimbursement program. Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring payment is properly administered and taxes are appropriately applied.

  • Adherence to rules that go along with being vested (letters sent/ FICA payments sent in).

  • Updating population list for account balanced plans.

  • Working directly with Cargill’s legal team on question/disputes.

  • Partner with Senior Retirement Plan Consultant to guide special, complex projects according to processes with Retirement vendor and internal processes to ensure project success. Utilize full HR Services/Operations knowledge to ensure all operational aspects of the project are successful.

15%Relationship Management:

  • Utilizes general HR Operations/Retirement Administration knowledge to provide consult/advice to HR and business manager/supervisors on complex retirement administration policies, programs and processes. This includes, responding to/resolving complex/escalated employee and HR inquiries (Research, education on benefit policies and procedures, general questions, terminations, and escalations).

  • With limited supervision, responds to questions from the business on complex retirement issues.

  • Establish relationship with vendor(s) to provide direction and ensure swift resolution to questions/issues/concerns.

  • Work with vendor(s) to consult on and approve changes to the administration system and confirm there is not any unintended impact to the vendor system for Retirement administration.

10%HR Operations Data Research and Analysis:

  • Draws upon full knowledge of HR Operations principles, theories and concepts to guide/review/perform HR Operations/Retirement Administration related to data analysis and reporting to support the Benefits, Corporate Financial Reporting, Compensation and Treasury departments.

  • Prepares complex reports including expenses associated with DB and DC plans and a Business Unit Snap Shot for leaders across Cargill.

  • Coordinates receiving information from Vanguard (vendor) to help prepare income statements, balance sheets, and contribution listings. Merges vendor data and Cargill data to report on net earnings, net loss, interest expense and plan expenses.

10%HR Operations Governance and Compliance:

  • Performs activities to ensure the consistent application of HR Operations philosophy and standards, as well as compliance with regulatory requirements, working with legal counsel as appropriate.

  • Responsible for updating current or establishing new processes to ensure plan compliance and data integrity with vendors.

  • Oversee non-qualified calculations to ensure accuracy and benefits are administered within 409(a) regulations.

  • Executes cyclical retirement audit(s), working with external auditor to ensure plan administration is within compliance of plan documents and pension legislation, including preparing financial and disclosure statements.

5%Manage and or participate in special projects as requested by HR Operations or retirement/pension leadership. Draw on experience and knowledge and independently move forward with project activities and implementation.

Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.



  • Bachelor’s degree OR in lieu of the degree 5 or more years of equivalent work experience

  • 4 or more years of experience with the administration of employee retirement benefits, including ESOP (employee stock option plan) and/or defined contribution plan administration

  • Working experience with MS Excel, such as: vlook up, complex formulas, working with large data sets.

  • Working knowledge of relevant retirement regulations and laws (such as: ERISA, PPA, etc.)

  • Technical competence in benefits, specifically retirement plans

Success Factors:

  • Proven ability to work independently as well within a team

  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong customer relationship building experience and stakeholder management

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Accounting aptitude and attention to detail


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance

  • PeopleSoft experience

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Human Resources

Primary Location US-MN-Hopkins

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: HOP04579