Plant Manager
Cargill - New Sharon, IA

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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 crop service centers across the United States.

This position is for the Plant Manager role at Cargill’s crop inputs facility in New Sharon, IA. This facility services local farmer customers with their agronomy needs including application of liquid fertilizer, ag chemicals, dry fertilizer, NH3, and a retail seed business. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to further develop in their leadership abilities.

Responsibilities of this Plant Manager are to manage and lead an effective safety program and culture, ensure we are meeting all Cargill, OSHA, DOT, and environmental standards, effectively servicing our growing customer base, actively interact with customers, lead employee engagement, improve efficiencies, reduce costs, execute capital spending plans, and enrich the local community through leading service projects and involvement.

It is expected that, via peer leadership, the Plant Manager will help other functions (finance, sales, and agronomy) achieve overall business objectives through operational excellence.

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, customer service minded, 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: logistical efficiencies for rolling equipment, plant efficiencies, process improvements, operation costs, energy management, and staffing to best service our customers.

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. These technical skills will be learned through the onboarding process and beyond:

Ability to administer and manage an effective and proactive EHS program

Crop inputs and general agronomic knowledge

Knowledge of government regulations

Inventory management skills

Mechanical ability and maintenance experience

General marketing or merchandising knowledge

Operating efficiency and expense management skills


Two or more years of experience as a Leader or Manager in a business, agricultural related or other. Crop inputs experience required.

Strong customer service skills

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

Must be able and willing to work from heights (i.e. ladders, catwalks, etc.) and in an indoor/outdoor environment

Cargill is an EEO/AA employer.



Primary Location

US-IA-New Sharon



Job Type



Day Job

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