Cargill FP&A Sr. Analyst in Wayzata, Minnesota

FP&A Sr. Analyst

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 155,000 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.


Position Summary

The Cargill Agriculture Supply Chain North America (CASCNA) business group has a FP&A senior analyst opportunity. CASCNA is one of the largest businesses in Cargill with $25 billion annual revenue, $6.7 billion of gross investment, and adjusted operating earnings of over $300 million. The business includes over 150 locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and over a dozen joint ventures.

The FP&A Senior Analyst will lead a shared team of analysts, working closely with the FP&A director, FP&A leads and business leaders business leaders to prioritize and execute analysis efforts. Extensive use of data visualization technology and exploiting the newly created Data Lake for CASCNA will be a key focus. The role will be part of the FP&A leadership team.

The FP&A Analyst will provide analytical support to CASCNA leadership teams by monitoring performance and identifying areas for improvement including cost optimization, volume and margin analysis, asset and working capital returns, and SG&A. It includes analyzing data to provide insight into evaluating acquisition targets, products and customers. This may include creating new data or metrics. This role will help drive business performance by focusing on both top-line growth and cost improvement. By relying on the Accounting & Finance organization to produce accurate and timely financial and management reports, this position provides analysis and insight on the strategic direction of the business. Building strong relationships within the function and business including leadership teams will be critical for value creation opportunities.

This analyst lead role will interact critically with the other analysts, FP&A Leads, Group leadership, and may also act as point of contact to a commercial leader. This role will have breadth across businesses and operate across countries (Canada, USA, Mexico). Building strong relationships within the function and business including leadership teams will be critical for value creation opportunities. Critical skills in analysis, communication of a set of information and point of view, influencing, and challenging the status quo are critical.

Principal Accountabilities

55% Financial Planning & Analysis

  • Support the FP&A leads and CASCNA management by providing analysis and insight into the performance of the business.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze multiple, large data sets including non-financial data and identify improvement opportunities

  • Identify analytics needs through a comprehensive understanding of their business and collaboration with stakeholders

  • Partner with internal customers to develop analyses that lead to actionable insights that improve business decision making, performance, and business growth. Help implement action plans.

  • Monitor operational performance including variance analysis and comparison against forecast and budget and communicate results to BU leadership including calls to action.

  • Support with preparation of business plans, forecasts and budgets.

  • Create and drive value within business (stretch targets). Measured by profit improvement (wider margins), lower cost and driving performance. Focus management on most critical risks and opportunities.

  • Demonstrates an application of broad/diverse commercial knowledge with understanding of how all areas come together and operate as a business.

  • Understands, translates, and provides insight into business performance against competitor & industry trends. Ability to connect the dots.

  • Deliver clear presentations including defending positions on controversial topics; adapt style to continuously seek ‘win win’ solutions.

  • Communicates as an official spokesperson for the function within the business group and enterprise in a variety of settings.

  • Translate financial metrics into key insight for operational and strategic decision making.

  • Provide financial and business analysis on key business opportunities, including JV’s, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

20% Process Improvement:

  • Define and work with stakeholders to improve data integrity and usefulness, including identification of opportunities to improve operations and processes that impact data.

  • Develop analytics and reports and support the team in driving consistent use of business support tools.

  • Utilize and improve existing frameworks and reports to enhance the analytical environment in operations.

  • Identify and establish new key performance metrics where appropriate

20% Ad-hoc Project Support:

  • Actively support CASCNA leadership on business and financial requests and analysis.

  • Provide support for the CASCNA and the CASC Enterprise FP&A activity & projects.

  • Active participation in various business finance initiatives and other duties as assigned

10% Choose and Develop Talent:

  • Identify, develop and coach talent to ensure a high performing team. Capable of initiating change, empowering the team and driving results. Ensures the right mix of talent, balanced in possessing and growing FP&A skills and influencing Accounting and Finance team to ensure a strong partnership.



MinimumRequired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or other Business related degree

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience

  • English Proficiency

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills (deep-dive and high-level summary capability)

  • Ability to integrate and interpret disparate sources of data using broad range of analytical data tools. Incorporates use of statistical methodology and predictive modeling techniques. Design, develop and implement value-added business analytics.

  • Demonstrate strong commercial acumen. Able to understand the business (products/services, customers, processes) and their key drivers of success (how they make money, what the business costs are).

  • Demonstrates high degree of curiosity. Invest time and energy into learning. Seeks different points of view and perspectives (internal and external).

  • Relates to others with candor, openness, and transparency

  • Demonstrated ability to interact and influence at all levels of the organization

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to deal with ambiguity

  • Enthusiastic, hands-on and can-do attitude

  • Builds trust across multiple stakeholder groups

  • Experience and success in motivating teams for high performance

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

  • Experience with data visualization tools (Tableau, Power BI, etc.)


  • Master’s Degree in Business or Finance

  • Commercial experience

  • International business experience

  • Experience in a commodities or manufacturing business

  • Experience with JD Edwards, SAP, Lynx, Agrosoft

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: WAY06977