Cargill A&F Lead in Waco, Texas

A&F 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 & Summary

Cargill Protein is a leader in beef, turkey, egg, pork and chicken products for the retail, foodservice and food manufacturing sectors. Based in Wichita, Kan., Cargill Protein employs nearly 27,000 people and operates approximately 60 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, including processing plants, cooked meats facilities, hatcheries, feed mills, feed yards, distribution centers and an innovation center. Additionally, Cargill Protein works with joint venture partner Teys Bros. to produce and market Australian beef. Leveraging its expertise in operations excellence, supply chain management, consumer insights, risk management and innovation, Cargill Protein is focused on delighting its customers and helping them succeed. It is committed to profitably grow its protein business through acquisitions, organic growth of its existing portfolio and partnerships.

Cargill Protein brands include Sterling Silver Premium Beef, Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey products, Castlewood Reserve and Charter Reserve deli meats and cheeses, RUMBA, Angus Pride, Blackwell Angus, Excel, Ranchers Registry and TNT Burgers. The group has sales offices throughout North America and in key international locations. Its products are sold in many nations around the world, in addition to North American markets. Cargill Protein is a leader in food safety, animal well-being, sustainability, workplace safety and giving back to communities where it has a presence.

There is an exciting opportunity for an Accounting & Finance Lead (A&F Lead) located at our Waco, TX location. The plant accounting and finance lead functions as a business partner and leader within the plant leadership team. Additionally, they will lead the A&F team that includes closing the books with assistance from Cargill Business Services and Financial Shared Services, produce daily operational results of plant performance, ensure cost standards are accurate and show plant performance, analyze variances from standard to actual, be able to work with corporate business managers to help analyze product costs, as well as work with decision support corporate staff, and FP&A corporate staff on analyses projects. The A&F lead will also ensure that the location has adequate controls in place to prevent or minimize business failures. This position leads a team that reports on the turkey processing segment and cooked meats processing segment.

Principal Accountabilities

40% Fiduciary & Controls

  • Leads day-to-day accounting operations required to support the business

  • Applies a substantial and broad understanding of the business to conduct standard financial analyses of the balance sheet to ensure proper controls over financial reporting

  • Monitors and measures compliance to the internal global control framework

  • Ensures accurate labor and yield reporting on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis

  • Ensure accurate reporting, closing of books monthly, compliance with GAAP accounting, and adherence to financial reporting policies.

  • Be a champion of internal controls by maintaining awareness and analyzing processes to identify any fiduciary risks.

  • Analyze standard cost variances and work closely with costing teams to ensure accuracy

40% Business Partnering

  • Lead Plant Finance activities to provide insights into weekly operational metrics such as Yield, Inventory adjustments, Labor, and Overhead

  • Partner closely with the local management team to look for ways to improve key metrics and report out to Finance and BOSC leadership

  • Analyze data to identify areas for improvement and challenge results

  • Collaborate and benchmark with other Protein finance professionals to share best practices and learnings

  • Provides thought leadership that identifies and implements process simplification, standardization and improvement

  • Leads annual planning for location and work with other management leaders to develop and analyze key budget inputs

  • Assist in analyzing payback and spending for capital projects

10% Talent Management

  • Lead highly engaged staff to support the location and Cargill Protein strategies.

  • Supports Cooked Supervisor to provide performance management, training, engagement, and succession planning for Waco staff

  • Drives process improvement changes and encourages the sharing of best practices.

10% Projects

  • Support the BOSC A&F function and local management with any assigned projects

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting (Accounting Preferred)

  • 3 years accounting experience

  • Highly analytical, can bring insights and drive change

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels and functions

  • Driven, self-motivated, positive, responsible, accountable, flexible

  • History of providing accurate and timely results

  • Excellent Microsoft Excel Skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3 years or more meat plant experience

  • Cost accounting experience

  • A good understanding and ability to learn reporting and database tools

  • SAP experience

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Finance/Accounting

Primary Location US-TX-Waco

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: WAC01688