Name: Eva M.
Title: Business Analyst
Career Area: Information Technology
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Education: Universidad de Oviedo, Mechanical Engineering
“I started in Cargill two years ago as an IT Management Trainee, as part of the European Graduate Program. I had different assignments within Global IT Organization, and what I liked most from the beginning is that I was given responsibilities from the first day, which helped me to develop myself learning on the job and get to know the organization faster.”
At this time, I identify with this statement because I am sharing my ideas and collaborating with all my colleagues in order to put in place internal processes and develop new ways of working to improve the performance of the organization. Also, through my enthusiasm and my energy, I bring people to work in a better environment and team working.
Describe your work responsibilities and the importance of your role.
I am part of Tartan project, within Global IT organization, specifically in Contract Application and Settlement (CAS) area, which manages end to end (E2E) processes mainly for the trading business. My responsibilities are to work closely with business partners and internal teams by providing technical expertise and insight to implement and execute complex process, data, and technology solutions by using the SAP tool. Before I was IT Management Trainee and as part of the European Graduate Program I had different assignments within the Global IT organization, as well as a number of trainings together with other trainees of different functions across EMEA. I had the opportunity to be part of the Service Operations team and support the use of SAP within the Cargill Refined Oils Europe (CROE) Business, as well as put in place some internal processes in order to improve our support organization within Food Ingredients and Systems (FIS) EMEA. My next assignments was in Business Relationship Manager team being part of implementing an ERP solution for a new bottling plant in Spain, as well as supporting different BRM activities such as being responsible of managing and keep track of all the portfolio management.
Describe your day-to-day activities and the skills needed to perform well.
Part of my day to day activities are to work together with the business in order to get a good understanding of their processes and deploy best solution taking into account best practices within the industry. Currently, I am involved in preparing questionnaires and workshops for gathering business requirements for all countries within EMEA for the BU of Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain Europe (GOSCE). At the same time I am attending a number of trainings on the non-standard SAP solution and also standard SAP, focusing on the SAP modules: MM, and SD. I also support some Project Management activities, such as helping with the onboarding process for new employees. The most important skills I need to perform well these activities are good communication skills, team collaboration, ability to drive through ambiguity and changes, courage and resilience.
Describe your career path. Where did you start and how did you get to where you are today?
I started in Cargill two years ago as an IT Management Trainee, as part of the European Graduate Program. I had different assignments within Global IT Organization, and what I liked most from the beginning is that I was given responsibilities from the first day, which helped me to develop myself learning on the job and get to know the organization faster. Other thing I find interesting from the EGP is that you get to know people from other cultures and competences and get a bigger network. I am currently part of the Tartan team within Global IT, and I was given this opportunity after my second assignment was finished. I wanted to join this project and I got here by communicating it and showing I could contribute along this big change within Cargill.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The most rewarding part of my work is the network that I am building across the whole organization. Also the opportunity to learn by getting new challenges and the availability to contribute by sharing and deploying new ideas.What do you find most rewarding about your work? The most rewarding part of my work is the network that I am building across the whole organization. Also the opportunity to learn by getting new challenges and the availability to contribute by sharing and deploying new ideas.
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?
I choose Cargill because it was a multicultural and multinational company and had very good recommendations from a friend already in the organization. One of the things that keep me here is the amount of opportunities along this big organization and the occasions to be able to influence and bring new ideas in order to improve things and implement changes in order to create a better organization, by challenging the status quo. Cargill also brings me the opportunity to grow my personal development by giving my new challenges and opportunities; it is a company that values personal development when people look for good opportunities.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career at Cargill like yours?
I would advise to look for new challenges opportunities, to collaborate and bring new ideas, to take risks and look for growing their personal development always by showing respect and responsibility.
Share an interesting tidbit about yourself such as hobbies, volunteerism, favorite foods or activities, accomplishments inside or outside of work.
I am from the north west of Spain, from a region called Asturias, which I am very proud of. I like winter sports like snowboarding, but I also love going to the beach. I love joining my friends and enjoy a nice meal outside, and also like joining my colleagues after work, that is why sometimes I organize some team building activities.