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Plant Manager

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Location: Denver, Colorado, West United States, USA
Company: Cargill, Inc
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Open Til: 29-Mar-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: General
Career Type: Operator
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: N/A

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Whatever job you're looking for, you can probably find it at Cargill. Our diverse partnerships across a variety of industries mean countless career opportunities for you. It's your choice. It's your future. And you can make it happen at Cargill.  This position is part of Cargill's AgHorizons Business Unit.

Dedicated to helping farmers prosper, Cargill AgHorizons U.S. helps customers manage their risk and maximize production through grain marketing alternatives, crop insurance, agronomic advice and crop inputs.  Part of Cargill's global agricultural supply chain group, Cargill AgHorizons serves customers with a 1,500-member team at more than 100 grain elevators and service centers across the United States.  


The Plant Manager has overall leadership responsibility for operations and personnel at a grain elevator facility to maximize efficiencies, operate within applicable government regulations and Cargill policy, and assist in identifying and developing customer solutions and service.   This position supports our facility in Byers, Colorado.
This position will lead the facility to serve our customers, prevent incidents, reduce costs, improve efficiencies, execute capital spending plans, and enrich the local community through service projects and involvement in civic organizations.  This is accomplished by leading and engaging the plant Operations Team to achieve goals and by creating and implementing an organized approach to execute on planned activities.  This position will also be given peer leadership responsibility and accountability as a member of the extended regional Leadership Team.  It is expected that, via peer leadership, the Plant Manager will help other functions (finance, sales, and merchandising) achieve overall business objectives through operational excellence.

Principal Accountabilities

35%    Risk Management - focusing on reducing and managing risks associated with employees, contractors, customers, products, and facilities.  This focuses on the following: Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS), Zero execution incidents, food and feed safety, process safety, and facility security. 

35%    Talent Management - having a talent pipeline with effective, diverse leaders who are well trained, engaged, and focused on operational excellence for today and for the future.  This focuses on the following:  training and development, engagement, hiring and retaining diverse talent, balance between leadership and technical expertise, and a culture focused on operational excellence.

20%    Operational Effectiveness - taking advantage of business opportunities while making continuous improvements.  Manage the efficiencies of our plants which will enable us to be the partner of choice for our customers.  This focuses on the following:  grain quality management, mix and blend, plant efficiencies, process improvements, operation costs, energy management, and staffing,
5%   Reliability Excellence - having a strategic approach in which systems, structure, processes, and procedures are in place to create reliable, safe and sustainable plants at the best total cost of ownership.  This focuses on the following:  best total cost of ownership (operation and maintenance), on-time deliveries, higher plant availability, proactive approach to reliability excellence, and asset health management.
5%   Capital Effectiveness - using best practices for selecting, planning, developing and executing while consistently delivering successful projects.  This focuses on the following: contractor safety, skilled and professional project management and execution, best total cost of ownership (specification, procurement, and installation), using the Project Delivery Process (PDP) tools (budget and schedule compliance).
This position offers an opportunity to increase overall business acumen through an increased awareness of other functional roles by participating as an extended Leadership Team member.  Depending on the individual facility, some or all of these technical skills will be learned within the first two years:
  • Ability to administer and manage an effective and proactive EHS program
  • Knowledge of government regulations
  • Inventory management skills
  • Experience with electrical and programmable controllers
  • Mechanical ability and maintenance experience
  • General marketing or merchandising knowledge
  • Crop inputs (fertilizer, e.g.) and general agronomic knowledge
  • Operating efficiency and expense management skills

  • At least two years experience as a Leader and Manager in a business, agricultural related or other
  • Must be able and willing to work from heights (i.e. ladders, catwalks, etc.) and in an indoor/outdoor environment
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Strong communication and listening skills
  • Ability to influence decision-making
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • Proven problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Capable of delivering innovation
  • Ability to administer and manage an effective and proactive EHS program


  • 4 year post-secondary education or equivalent experience