Name: Batter T.
Title: Assistant Facility Manager
Career Area: Engineering & Operations, Environmental Health & Safety
Location: Machong town, Dongguan City, China
Education: Food Technology and Engineering degree from the Jiangnan University of Wuxi Cty, China
“The way we succeed as a company is as important to us as success itself. We all share a caring approach, a sense of respect and responsibility, and high ethical standards and values."
Ethics and values are the foundation of business. Further, good judgment is an essential underpinning to the culture in our company. Such values build trust, enhance employee engagement and contribute to sustainable results.
Describe your work responsibilities and the importance of your role.
My primary responsibility is managing company assets, plant employees and contractors. This means providing leadership, technical knowledge and operational experience to maximize safety, performance, and operational efficiencies. It also entails reducing costs and ensuring we provide quality products and services to customers. Often this means advocating for and supporting innovation and continuous improvement.
Describe your day-to-day activities and the skills needed to perform well.
Every day, I execute and champion Cargill’s food safety culture and our environment, health and safety procedures in plant operations. I also work to ensure supervisors are holding others accountable for compliance with the facility’s plans in these areas. This means that a thorough understanding of Cargill’s policies and procedures is critical. Given that I manage plant operations, I give plant tours, and monitor the general operation and maintenance of plant equipment. I constantly look to identify areas for improvement in these operations, and advocate for these changes. Accordingly, having technical knowledge and being able to communicate plans to others is an important management skill, as are negotiation and technical knowledge
Describe your career path. Where did you start and how did you get to where you are today?
I started as an intern at Cargill’s Machong crush plant in March 2005, and officially joined as a trainee upon graduation in July of that year. I then held different roles in numerous operations departments, including production, maintenance and logistics, among others.
Cargill has developed different businesses in China in the past 10 years, and more positions are opening. As relatively young talent, I aspire to learn more, and take the opportunity to assume different roles on the team.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
Cargill offers outstanding career development opportunities. These have allowed me to progress from being an intern to serving as assistant facility manager in 11 years. Much of this comes from Cargill’s unique position as a global company, which allows it to provide a lot of world class training in subjects such as food safety, engineering, and leadership and management skills. Naturally, one of the most rewarding aspects is working with great people, and being able to learn from those around me.
Why did you choose to join Cargill and what keeps you here? In other words, how has a career at Cargill helped you to thrive?
For me, Cargill’s culture of ethics and values resonate with my identity – respecting people and ensuring safety are priorities. I also like that Cargill encourages change and continuous improvement.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career at Cargill like yours?
I encourage people to keep learning and take advantage of every opportunity. It is also important to take responsibility and risks, and to lead, but also to understand the essential nature of teamwork.
Share an interesting tidbit about yourself such as hobbies, volunteerism, favorite foods or activities, accomplishments inside or outside of work.
I love playing basketball.