Cargill Manufacturing Lead in Winchester, KY, Kentucky

Manufacturing 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.


This position is located in Winchester, KY. No relocation assistance is offered.

Assists the mill management team with scheduling daily feed production. Effectively utilizes leadership skills to motivate production team to achieve key metrics, including: production goals, performance standards, and quality requirements. Regularly performs mill operations duties to support production goals. Relies on mill operations expertise to coach and assist mill operators and to promote quality control requirements and customer order specifications. Works under general supervision.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Continuously communicate with mill management to assist in planning daily feed production schedules.

  • Coordinate daily production schedules with appropriate mill personnel to maximize total plant efficiency, meet customer order specifications, and inventory requirements in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs).

  • Review daily production schedules with mill operators. Provide direction and guidance with operational tasks.Effectively utilize leadership skills to motivate production team to achieve key metrics, including: production goals, performance standards, and quality requirements.

  • Assist Mill Superintendent with establishing and communicating mill operating procedures. Assist with providing on-the-job training to individuals and small groups of mill operators. Effectively demonstrate skills and communicate technical information.

  • Assist Quality Control Supervisor in promoting quality standards and requirements. Monitor daily production activities of operators to ensure quality control procedures are followed. Provide assistance and input during investigations of off-quality conditions. Regularly review quality procedures with mill operators.

  • Regularly perform various production operator functions to assist mill staff in meeting production goals. Functions may vary by location and are equivalent to Utility Operator “A,” including: Batching Operations, Pellet Operations, Extrusion Operations, Ingredient Receiving Operations, Grain Processing Operations, Micro Ingredient Operations, Sacking Operations, Bulk Loadout Operations and other mill operations as necessary.

  • Perform various functions to support mill operations. Functions may vary by location, and include but are not limited to: schedule deliveries of bulk ingredients, monitor ingredient inventories, monitor and coordinate rail car statuses, and perform monthly inventories. Assume mill superintendent duties in his absence.

  • Complete and maintain assigned written reports, logs, documents, and the automated production system accurately and in a timely manner according to standard operating procedures for documentation. Review all documents prepared by production personnel.

  • Maintain clean and orderly work area by keeping tools and equipment in proper places and all materials off the floor. Properly dispose of waste material. Be proactive with cleaning efforts and demonstrate excellent housekeeping habits as a leader in the mill. Follow all requirements of mill Housekeeping, quality control, and HACCP plans.

  • Monitor co-workers for safe operation of equipment, provide leadership in promoting safety, work safely as to not cause harm to yourself, co-workers, equipment, or inventory. Comply with OSHA regulations, Cargill Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) standards, work rules and policies.

  • Perform all other job functions as assigned.



  • Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer.

  • Cargill requires that employees be a minimum of 18 years old.

  • High School diploma or equivalent.

  • Must be able to read/write English.

  • Ability to work overtime.

  • Ability to work holidays, nights, weekends or different shifts.

  • Must be able to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping, climbing ladders, open and close valves, shoveling, pounding with hammer and work in confined spaces.

  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

  • Must be able to work under special work conditions, such as extreme heat or cold.

  • Ability to work in elevated areas.

  • Must be able to operate machinery.

  • Must be able to operate heavy equipment.

  • Must be able to perform maintenance trades including mechanical maintenance.

  • Previous experience with MRO (Maintenance Repair Ops) and/or MRP (Material Requirement Planning).


  • Forklift certified.

  • Prior experience in production related work.

  • Able to perform maintenance trades including electrical, machinist, welding, pipe fitting, fabrication, rigging systems, gearbox and bearing, maintenance, lubrication, pumps and piping systems, and hydraulic and pneumatic.

  • Operational knowledge of the batch mix, pellet, and/or extrusion systems and other mill operations (ingredient receiving, grain processing, micro ingredient, sacking, and/or bulk loadout).

  • Able to add, subtract, multiply, divide and calculate percentages in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals; able to calculate dimensions, liquid measurements and calibrations.

  • Able to apply logic and understanding to carry out complex instructions given in written, oral and diagram form.

  • Computer literacy to utilize and operate the mill process control systems, MS Office software, ERP-E1 Business System, E-Time time keeping software.

  • Effective communication skills.

  • Effective leadership and team building skills.

  • Able to learn and understand all quality requirements, including ingredients, formulas and related policies governing the complete production program.

  • Able to learn and understand Quality Control (QC), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and policies.

  • Able to complete paperwork, reports, documentation, and email communication in a legible, organized, and timely manner.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Able to work in a fast paced team environment.

  • Able to work extended hours to meet business demands.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Primary Location US-KY-Winchester, KY

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: WIN01165