Cargill Transportation Procurement Specialist in Wayzata, Minnesota

Transportation Procurement Specialist

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 Purpose

The Transportation Procurement Specialist will support and be responsible for freight sourcing, negotiation, and related projects within the Packaged trucking market segment in Cargill Transportation and Logistics (CTL). This position will support freight sourcing activities across multiple business units at Cargill and will interact directly with many internal and external stakeholders. A natural curiosity, drive for continuous improvement, and strong collaboration and problem solving skills are required.

This position will also provide stakeholders in business units with accurate and market based freight pricing and ensure that accurate freight rates are loaded in appropriate rating systems. Additionally, they will build a firm understanding of the Packaged truck markets within the position's scope of responsibility and use this understanding to communicate market insights, context, and knowledge to stakeholders within Cargill. Likewise, the Transportation Procurement Specialist will work to improve organizational understanding of customer and plant specific shipping requirements across several large business units within Cargill and assist in effectively managing to these requirements and communicating them to our suppliers.

Principal Accountabilities

55% Sourcing Support:

  • Support Cargill Transportation and Logistics' carrier management strategy through negotiations, relationship management, and supplier selection

  • Monitor carrier performance and take corrective action to reverse negative trends and maintain required service levels

  • Negotiate rates with carriers and run one-off bid events in e-sourcing tool.

  • Support large-scale sourcing events within e-sourcing tool as a key contributor

  • Develop and run optimization scenarios within e-sourcing tool

  • Apply industry knowledge and expertise in analysis of carrier responses to RFPs

  • Support business units by providing freight economics as an input to their pricing to Cargill's customers

20% Client Business Unit Interaction:

  • Develop deep knowledge of client BU's delivery requirements and plant operational requirements and leverage this knowledge to improve outcomes in sourcing events and carrier management.

  • Resolve local carrier and operational issues with internal and external stakeholders

  • Maintain strong relationships with business units and carrier partners in order to streamline freight sourcing and carrier utilization

15% Spend Management:

  • Conduct analysis of Cargill's truckload freight spend

  • Review and monitor supplier's performance

  • Provide insight to business units by applying broad transportation industry knowledge and market analysis

  • Monitors truckload volumes and spend to ensure contractual agreements with carriers are being met

  • Responsible for freight payables exceptions and reconciliation

10% Miscellaneous : Perform miscellaneous projects and job related duties as assigned and/or required.

Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.


Minimum Required

  • BA/BS preferably in business, transportation, supply chain or equivalent business experience

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals in transportation, logistics, operations or supply chain management.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with expertise in Microsoft Excel

  • Financial acumen, strong analytical and strategic skills; experience with scorecards/metrics

Success Factors

  • Demonstrated client/customer focus role and strong relationship builder

  • Demonstrated ability to excel in ambiguous situations

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently; ability to understand and prioritize business-strategic issues and impact

  • Self-starter – highly motivated with demonstrated initiative

  • Highly collaborative - ability to excel in a team environment

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong negotiation and problem solving skills


  • 2 years of experience in the areas of transportation, logistics, operations, SCM, preferably in the truck mode

  • 2 years of experience in the area of Bulk Hopper truck transportation/logistics

  • 2 years of experience in the area of Packaged truck transportation/logistics

  • Proven experience on how to get things done within a matrix organization

  • Demonstrated project management skills

  • Financial modeling skills

  • Functional knowledge of technology and ERP systems, including Transportation Management System (TMS).

  • Experience implementing process, systems, and organizational changes.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Transportation/Logistics and Forwarding

Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: WAY06932