Cargill Plant Manager in Poinciana, Florida

Plant Manager

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 Summary -

The Plant Manager will be accountable for the strategic and operational overview of all processes. Also, will be in charge to ensure that areas of responsibilities meet BU/ Plant standards for safety, quality, operational effectiveness and financial performance – including emphasize on building culture and structure to support people management, process control & improvement, and continuous improvement, in close co-operation with central functional areas such as safety (EHS), quality (FSQR), formulation, engineering, logistics, planning and inventory control.

Principal Accountabilities -

30% People Management; emphasizing efforts to build effective leadership team for the site, and create pipeline for own position as well as other positions in the leadership team. Further description:

  • Develop/supervise and provide coaching to Operations Managers/ Production Supervisors including coaching Cargill’s core values and guiding principles.

  • Oversee general workforce administration policies and programs in the areas of communications, staffing, training, evaluations, disciplinary actions and safety. Develop planning for future production workforce needs and participates in selection of employees.

  • Responsible for developing strong leaders and a less diverse workforce by seeking multiple approaches to source/attract diverse talent. Incorporates diversity in succession planning and job fulfillment.

  • Accountable for medium-term outlook workforce planning and accountable for successful training and on boarding of new/transferred employees as well as workforce engagement, recognition, development and coaching.

  • Lead and implements systems and processes to maintain a highly engaged workforce. Holds direct reports accountable for actively addressing engagement issues and identifies/leverages best practices in engagement.

25% Production quality; Build a team that use process improvement and CI tools in the daily work. Further description:

  • Set and deploy operational priorities for the plant. Lead strategic and tactical operations/quality management deliverables to ensure customer and product/quality standards requirements are met within specifications.

  • Collaborate/partner with Logistics/Procurement/Sales/Supply Chain professionals to ensure availability of raw materials and ability to meet customer specifications and timelines. Ensure that customers are satisfied and that any inquiries, incidents and/or issues are resolved in a timely manner.

  • Develop and oversee implementation of performance metrics for capturing, monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of corporate quality management activities and programs at the plant level.

  • Partner with internal/external stakeholders (i.e. customers, Engineering, FSQR, Sales, Technology) to define, adopt and monitor performance indicators to identify/measure quality performance in areas that impact the customers and recommend areas of improvement and innovation.

  • Champion and leverage technology innovation by developing strategic operational plans and by coordinating execution. Partner with BU leadership and with Technology/Engineering departments to identify emerging trends and translate into long-medium term operational goals. Ensure Cargill Intellectual Property (IP) materials, processes and knowledge are protected and maintained.

  • Develop/support BU/Plant customer relationships by meeting businesses objectives and by understanding how operational performance impact internal/external customers.

25% Production efficiency. Leading the development of the plant on medium and long term productivity goals in line with the BU strategic plans. Further description:

  • Responsible for overseeing the overall operational management of the plant. Implement operational efficiency improvements which may include, but are not limited to, standardization of plant information manufacturing systems, quality control, safety, production reliability excellence and maintenance, operators best practices, etc.

  • Responsible for aligning overall team resources, with direct coordination/support from Operations Managers/ Production Supervisors to execute against medium-long term strategies and for meeting medium-term outlook strategic operations goals in accordance with BU/plant objectives.

  • Enforce a culture that builds, operates and maintains plants that are operational sound, safe, and efficient. Champion and leverages leading operational practices and aggressively raise the performance of poor departments by monitoring key performance indicators (i.e. yield optimization, energy/water usage reductions, operator safety indexes, etc.).

  • Lead Reliability Excellence processes across the plant and ensures the reliability culture is foundational to operations. Enforce common reliability processes and metrics (focus on eliminating the root-cause of reliability problems, REPI deployments, etc.) to achieve targeted results from continuous improvement practices, and validates the importance of Reliability Excellence through key successes (scorecard and metrics control, total cost of maintenance, total cost of ownership, monthly review of compliance audits, etc.)

  • Collaborate with COEs to identify, deploy and leverage opportunities for continuous improvements applicable to the entire business/platform.

15% Production safety; create a culture for safety at the site – with emphasize on housekeeping and good maintenance practices. Further description:

  • Lead employee and food/feed safety program standards and goals for the plant. Accountable for all internal/external operating/regulatory procedures on employee safety and food/feed safety including strategic and tactical execution in alignment with Corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory (FSQR) Functions as well as government regulations.

  • Collaborate with EHS/FSQR experts to ensure the most effective risk mitigation plans and regulatory compliance strategies are in place:

  • Health & Safety: champions a culture of zero injury and illness.

  • Environmental: Reduces and proactively avoids environmental impact and potential risk to the businesses.

  • Food Safety: Accountable for eliminating risks associated with products. Ensures HACCP/FDA requirements are met in all food and feed processes.

  • Educate/train workforce in the food safety fundamentals and completes safety inspections and housekeeping audits.

  • Oversee EHS/FSQR incident data to identify risks and to act on risk mitigation strategies (i.e. safety index, RIFR, food safety index, CFSRA and FDA audits).

  • Lead tactical and strategic initiatives representing the business with external/internal regulatory authorities. Has overall accountability for maintaining good rapport with the local community and regulatory agencies.

  • Build and maintains community relations that align with Cargill’s corporate and business interests while addressing stakeholders/community needs. Represent Cargill in the local community serving as the primary spokesperson by directly responding to food safety, animal welfare and environmental affairs related topics.

5% Production financial performance. Further description:

  • Lead, direct and control capital and operating budgets for the plant to achieve medium-term outlook financial performance objectives set by the business. Ensure and hold direct reports accountable for meeting and controlling operating expenses and established targets.

  • Manage manufacturing P&L budgets/metrics and understands how production expenditure/costs impacts businesses margins and pricing. Forecast overall volume of orders and inventory turns/costs. Partners with procurement/sales departments to establish best sourcing/pricing practices.

  • Accountable for setting and managing base and non-base capital investments projects for a less complex plant and/or multiple plants. Partner with appropriate COEs (i.e. functional operations management, commercial managers, engineering PDGs) to align medium/long-term businesses strategic goals in the development of plant capital investment strategies. Ensure capital projects objectives and scope are consistent with business strategy and technology strategy.

  • Build reliability and process safety into capital projects. May directly implement, execute and deploy all base and non-base capital investments projects in accordance to pre-approved budgets and by using proper project management tools/practices (i.e. Project Delivery Process, Portfolio Project Management, and build template).

Any other duties as assigned


Minimum Required Qualifications -

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 7 year’s relevant experience within people management (expectations & coaching, safety, quality, productivity, planning processes and inventory control etc.)

  • 7 years relevant experience of business and management principles (budgeting, strategic planning, resource allocation and human resources)

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English

  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills

  • Interpersonal skills: able to speak and build relationship with employees, other department managers and senior management.

  • Leadership skills: able to motivate employees to keep operations running smoothly. Ability to create accountability and to lead by example. Strong team building, decision-making and people management skills. Able to develop and stretch the skills of your team members. Demonstrated ability to build a functional leadership team for the site.

  • Problem solving skills: able to quickly assess a situation and effectively solving it.

Preferred Qualifications -

  • Prior experience in managing multiple projects

  • Preferably some knowledge about industry standard equipment and technical expertise

  • Bilingual, Spanish

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-FL-Poinciana

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: POI00049