Refinery Department Superintendent
Cargill - Charlotte, NC

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Cargill Dressings, Sauces & Oils refines vegetable and tropical oils and animal fat for a wide range of food and nonfood manufacturers. We also make shortenings, frying oils, mayonnaise, dressings, and sauces for the foodservice industry. The business operates eight oil refineries, six shortening and oil packaging plants, a mayonnaise production facility, a dressings plant and a culinary sauce facility, all of which are located in the United States. We also operate an edible oil refinery in Mexico. Customers include major food manufacturers and quick-service and casual-dining restaurant chains. Dressings Sauces & Oils is integrated with Cargill's soybean crushing activities, which provide a reliable source of crude soybean oil for further processing.

Position Overview:
Cargill Dressings, Sauces and Oils North America is seeking a highly motivated individual interested in serving as a Refinery Department Superintendent at its facility located in Charlotte, NC . The Refinery Superintendent position is responsible to effectively manage the operation of the assigned area for long periods in the absence of the Plant Superintendent. The selected candidate will also gain experience in strategic management activities and business planning activities. Must manage directly and/or indirectly both exempt and non-exempt employees. The Refinery Superintendent responsibility is primarily doing horizon planning activities and/or high impact operational or project/process engineering management activities with little direction from the plant superintendent.

Principal Accountabilities:
30% Manage project portfolio for the plant in cooperation with the plant superintendent and directly manage large base or non-base projects or major process engineering activities.

25% Supervise exempt production supervisors and/or large number of non-exempt employees in a production environment. Lead talent discussion and participate in development of less experienced supervisors. Lead training in process improvements.

20% Develop 1-6 month strategic and tactical action plans related to the operation activities of the plant or in process/project engineering activities.

15% Coach and mentor other supervisors in troubleshooting, problem solving and optimization activities outside the assigned area or plant.

10% Perform misc job-related duties as assigned.


Four year degree in engineering or 4-year degree in science related field with 5+ years industrial processing experience and/or process/project engineering OR secondary level education with 8+ years industrial processing experience, process/project engineering

5+ years experience in oilseeds processing or equivalent processing/project management experience

Practiced knowledge of production management with ability to develop understanding of plant processes and operational needs

Team player, respectful and able to work independently or reach out for assistance when necessary

Ability to independently develop complex technical plans

Ability to analyze complex datasets to identify trends and improvement activities

Ability to work well with others or be independent when necessary

Ability to prioritize activities to meet plant expectations and strategic objectives concurrently

Ability to develop and execute capital projects

Demonstrated business acumen

Demonstrated strong decision making skills

Ability to build employee engagement to improve plant results

Ability to communicate effectively with multiple levels of the organization

Ability to work through others with strong delegation skills and accountability for results

Ability to coach employees effectively for their development

4-year engineering degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering

5+ years oilseed processing or project/process engineering experience

Capital project experience

Functional knowledge of accounting, merchandising, logistics and maintenance

Complex troubleshooting skills

Cargill is an EEO/AA employer.



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