Cargill Senior Decision Support Analyst in Wayzata, Minnesota

Senior Decision Support 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.


This position is responsible for the Management Information and Decision Support (MInDS) activities for Food Safety Quality & Regulatory (FSQR), Environment Health & Saftey (EHS), Plant Operations and Supply Chain Planning (SCP) across all regions which allows for deep and superior understanding of the function performance in an accurate and timely manner. Delivering financial analysis that enhances decision making and providing the view regarding performance and opportunities that exist for further investigation and/or improvements. Monitor key function optimization opportunities (e.g. effectiveness and efficiency) to then collaborate with key Finance and Function leaders who will seek improvements and close gaps.

This position provides analyzed information in a structured way, assessing historic & current function performance, highlighting areas of opportunity for improvement. This position is tasked with leading management information and analysis which may include forecasting/commentary, Global Function Management allocations, project analysis and cost analysis – as examples. This position requires strong financial, business partnering, business acumen, data management expertise, influencing and change management skills.

Principal Accountabilities

60% Management Information and Decision Support

  • Demonstrate strong financial management skills to gather and manage financial data, evaluate and analyze financial statements. Keeps pace with changing relevant regulations, standards, and business/function factors that may impact financial performance. Utilize the most recent available data management technology to review existing reports to optimize, standardize, modernize and define the new reports which will measure business performance.

  • Ensure timely and accurate management information and analysis of function financial performance (KPIs, Metrics) Partner effectively with Function Leaders for reporting and data needs, defining which performance indicators will be needed to explain/measure business performance and the frequency – design and deliver the reports with the right level of analysis

  • Partner with Supervisor to identify opportunities to leverage the use of shared services for execution

  • Ensure optimization and standardization of management information across the regions.

  • Understand legacy systems and develop a strong management information system/process and data

  • Effectively identify and communicate financial risks and impacts, through analysis, and give visibility/solutions for the organizations leaders. Example of a financial risk include (but are not limited to) monitoring and migrating financial statement incurracies to the balance sheet and income statement.

  • Ensure controls and compliance measures are in place for all reported financial information

  • Partner with Function Leaders, Corporate FP&A, and CBS Finance to prepare corporate budgeting, forecasts and monitoring, including control of expenses

  • Respond to adhoc requests from Function Leaders, enterprise, and business

  • Accountable to perform P&L analysis and commentaries to reflect the function performance.

40% Business Partnership:

  • As the first point of contact for the assigned Functions, serve as an effective business partner which includes understanding the assigned function’s strategy and key priorities, indentifying and delivering value creation opportunities for those functions, and identifying areas for continuous improvement.

  • Lead the identification of key trends and issues based on actual and forecasted data including reviewing monthly variance reports. Lead and promote the sharing of ideas, best practices and lessons learned.

  • Identify analytics needs of Functions via a comprehensive understanding of their business and collaboration with its stakeholders.

  • Provides thought leadership that identifies and implements process simplification, standardization and improvement.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting

  • Minimum 5 years of accounting or finance experience

  • Broad/diverse commercial knowledge with understanding of how all areas come together and operate as a business/function.

  • Proven accounting/finance leader with strong analytical skills

  • Strong decision making, critical thinking skills, couped with high business acumen and the ability to translate principles of finance theory into practical application

  • Demonstrated change agility

  • Experience leveraging financial and business systems to monitor business activities and aid in decision making

  • Demonstrated commitment to Internal Controls

  • Ability to communicate, influence and build trust across multiple stakeholder groups

  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to deal with ambiguity.

  • Self-motivated and demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities

  • Ocassional business travel may be needed

  • English proficiency

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional accounting designation

  • Activity based costing experience

  • Understanding and experience working with general ledger systems (i.e. JDE and SAP)

  • Experience with multiple Functions/businesses and/or international business experience

Career Development

This role with play a key role impacting the work of Functions Finance. Will be a role in a newly formed Function Finance team that will provide thought leadership and consolidated thought leadership of Functions Finance work and process.

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: WAY06978