Cargill Audit Quality & Operations Director in Wayzata, Minnesota

Audit Quality & Operations Director

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.


The Quality and Operations Director will act as a senior leader within Cargill’s Internal Audit team and will play a critical role in leading and accelerating the transformation to a world class internal audit function by 2022. This position will be the key partner to the Vice President of Corporate Audit in the overall operations of the Audit department to deliver on the strategy and will be the main individual accountable to drive all changes to the audit processes and frameworks, advancements of data-enabled audits, etc.

The individual will be accountable for the Audit processes regarding risk coverage & identification in all risk domains, in addition to running all the operations in an efficient and effective manner, with the quality and proficiency required by the audit profession. This individual will lead and drive the development and execution of the audit plans, including a cyclical pipeline of audit projects to be executed in 12, 24 and 36 months. It will operate as a liaison between all the Audit Directors and the VP of Audit to ensure all main risks are covered with the work executed. S/He will influence and define all the capabilities needed to execute the audit strategy and auditing plans and will drive actions across the department to execute it.

The individual will define a modernized framework, including reporting, remote auditing and all other methods. This encompasses the assurance as well as the risk evaluation activities in accordance with our services definitions. The quality standards and the verification of the execution against these will be driven by the individual in this role. It will also partner with key risk management functions to ensure we align the Audit framework with the work of 2nd lines of defenses.

This role oversees the allocation, efficiency and effectiveness of Corporate Audit’s resources to meet the requirements of the Audit Committee and ensures Audit is identifying, analyzing and prioritizing risks across Cargill. In addition, it will drive all the communications and reports with appropriate language at all levels of the organization, including Audit Committee, CEO/CFO, Senior Management, Executive Team, Group and Functional leaders, among others.

This position plays a critical role in attracting, developing and retaining talent within Corporate Audit by influencing the capability development within the function.

Principal Accountabilities

Lead and accelerate transformational change within Corporate Audit (25%)

  • Develop a roadmap to achieve Corporate Audit’s 2022 vision

  • Lead and inspire others through Corporate Audit organizational change management activities.

  • Communicate decisions, priorities and relevant project information to appropriate stakeholders.

Define, implement and manage Corporate Audit standards, policies and audit approach that is agile and enables the future state of Audit services (25%)

  • Oversee on-going management of the Internal Audit charter, audit policy, standard and procedures.

  • Update and strengthen the overall implementation and interpretation of Internal Audit methodology, audit policies, standards and procedures and lead efforts for consistent execution throughout the Internal Audit department.

  • Oversee Internal Audit quality assurance and continuous improvement programs to enable an evaluation of the internal audit activity’s conformance with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standards.

  • Use data and key performance indicators/scorecards to identify trends, recommend and implement changes as necessary.

Lead Corporate Audit Operations (25%)

  • Lead Corporate Audit operations to ensure appropriate and efficient coverage across risk domains.

  • Lead the Corporate Audit strategic planning process including the annual business plan and ongoing refinement and monitoring of the department’s progress against goals.

  • Identify the appropriate pipeline/audit cycle, and necessary audit resources and estimated expenses associated with completion of a forward looking 12-24-36 month audit plan.

  • Oversee Audit reporting, including the Audit Committee reporting cycle, ensuring appropriate risks to Cargill are accurately reported. Identify, track and manage key internal audit takeaways from Audit Committee.

  • Strongly influence peers in Audit to identify and concentrate efforts on risks that matter.

People Leadership: Lead a small, efficient team as key influencer in the overall development of capabilities across the Audit team (25%)

  • Provide leadership, development and coaching and ongoing performance management of direct reports.

  • Influence the development of capabilities across the entire Audit team, and support Audit employees in strengthening their skills, competencies, and capabilities required to deliver the appropriate audit services, including best practices. Maintain high standards of professional proficiency across all staff.

  • Strong participation in the development and drive of the strategic workforce planning.



  • Bachelor’s degreein Accounting, Economics, Technology sciences, Finance, Business Administration,Law, Engineering, or any related field.

  • 10 or more yearsof relevant business experience

  • 5 or more years of internal/external audit in business areas such as: accounting, financial analysis, information systems, or compliance/regulatory experience (preferred if in SOX-compliant companies).

  • Ability to travelglobally up to 10-20%

  • Demonstrated professional proficiency and understanding of the Institute of Internal Audit (IIA) Standards for the Professional Practice of Auditing, control frameworks such as COSO/CobIT and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading organizational change management efforts; effectively envision, develop, and implement new strategies to address complex issues and transformative change.

  • Demonstratedsuccessful experiences in motivating, leading, coaching and developing othersin a high-performing team.

  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity, desire to learn, discover and seek opportunities for improvement. Ability and willingness to remain current on industry and IIA best practices in methodology, training and quality assurance.

  • Able to deal wellwith ambiguity and make decisions in complex situations.

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Proven ability toquickly establish credibility and influence at all levels of the organization.

  • Demonstratedability to set priorities and manage multiple and concurrent priorities.

  • Demonstratesinitiative, strong judgment and commitment for results.

  • Demonstratedability to communicate effectively in English (written and verbal).

  • Advanced level proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 or more years within an Audit Executive or other Management position

  • CIA, CPA, CRCM, FRM, or CISA professional certification

  • Proficiencyin Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, or other languages.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Finance/Accounting

Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: WAY06582