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Senior Capital Buyer

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 & Summary Cargill Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (CSSP) is a global organization that strives to strategically source and leverage Cargill’s indirect spend; this indirect spend spans Plant Materials and Services (MRO, Capital, Plant Services, etc); Corporate Material and Services (travel, IT, HR, etc); Chemicals, Energy; Packaging; and Ingredients. The CSSP team is responsible for managing over 9 billion in spend. Capital Execution is a critical capability for the CSSP organization. Capital Execution teams are accountable for developing and implementing both capital and category strategies into capital projects to leverage Cargill’s position in the market and bring significant value into the organization, which helps fuel growth for the company. Our Capital Execution teams drive strong connectivity with suppliers and business stakeholders, and are expected to have deep understanding of business strategies and the requirements needed to help accomplish those strategies. The primary function of this position is to manage the timely and cost-effective procurement of capital materials and services and requisite contracts and agreements to support Cargill’s project/production activities. These activities include but are not limited to supporting the strategic procurement process, execution of regional and/or local agreements to include team-based bid processes, RFX’s, negotiations, supplier selection/development and contract management. This position will also coordinate activities with Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, Logistics, Plant Management, Operations and Maintenance, Accounting, and Law personnel to meet supply and demand goals. This position can be located in Blair NE, Wichita KS, or Minneapolis MN.

Principal Accountabilities

80% - Capital Project Procurement Execution Assist with management and execution of Build Capital Projects >$25MM, in accordance with the Procurement Deliverables defined in the Build Template Responsible for developing procurement plans on projects<$25 M, and partnering with regional and global SMEs for execute technical gate reviews, including facilitating contracting strategy workshops, business and process alignment, and ensuring value delivery. Assist in leading at an early stage in project planning sessions to thoroughly understand BU / Project requirements, technical background information & sourcing support needs. Work with the Regional Capital Project Sourcing Lead (CSL) & Category Sourcing Leads to ensure deployment and improvement of category strategies & building opportunities on a cross location / BU, country, regional basis Gather project-specific data, provide requirements & specifications, support, lead supplier selection, negotiations and contracting Manage designated supplier relationships Assist in establishment of procurement & requisitioning roles and accountabilities (project Accountant, requisitioners, buyers, onsite material management, etc.) in close alignment with the Build Project Manager (BPM) and the CSL Update and maintain major equipment & services list, in conjunction with Engineering Lead (EL) & BPM Identify potential engineering firms, in conjunction with the EL, BPM & CSL Identify potential suppliers for equipment & services, including Select Suppliers and/or Best Cost Country suppliers in conjunction with the EL & CSL Follow contractor pre-qualification process Assist in determining logistics strategy (vendor controlled, Cargill-controlled, combination) Help define critical supply markets (not limited to equipment) and optimal supply chains together with CSL Support engineering to identify long lead-time items (12 weeks) Identify any market trends or conditions that may affect lead times together with CSL Determine need for Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s) & Network Access Agreements (NAA’s) in conjunction with the Engineering Lead. Issue prior to, or with, bid packages as appropriate Assist in development of a negotiation strategy for>1 Mio $ bid packages in close alignment with the CSL Assemble bid packages, including complete specifications, contract templates & safety documentation in conjunction with EL and execute the RFQ process Review bid packages with Engineering Lead prior to awarding the contract and issuing the purchase order to confirm the proposal meets the required codes and specifications, includes a completed Inspection Test Plan (ITP) where necessary,, acknowledgement of the owner approval requirements, and the vendor’s schedule. Include negotiated lead times and any penalties in contracts Support Engineering to identify and execute TCO analysis for Goods and / or Services and determine cost drivers for input into TCO Models together with CSL Follow BCC Equipment Sourcing and Inspection Process with support of the CSL and the BCC sourcing team Use CSSP MIDAS team in alignment with the CSL to build negotiation strategies and create competitive advantage. Support Engineering and Reliability to establish a spare parts strategy (capitalized vs. expensed, etc) Support Project Accountant or buyer in applying requisition and PO procedures. 20% - Lead and Support Key Sourcing and Procurement Initiatives Lead and Support various functions initiatives to support process, systems and talent continuous improvement (Process Kaizens, Contract Improvements, Database Development, ERP/Ariba Network Improvements, eAuctions, Category Strategies, Talent Development, etc..) Assist in developing and delivering training and mentoring to CSSP employees and stakeholders. Assist with administering capital execution process including the organization and assignment of bid packages.


Education, Experience, Skills

Required Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree preferably in Engineering, Supply Chain, Economics or Business Administration Minimum of 6 years of Plant Operations/Maintenance/Strategic Sourcing/Procurement OR Engineering experience; preferably purchasing Capital or MRO Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time Good knowledge of process equipment &/or industrial construction, safety and food safety processes Demonstrated negotiation skills. Sound analytical and problem solving skills. High motivation and drive to deliver results Demonstrated ability to establish common processes Knowledge of the business environment Cargill is operating in and requirements Strong interpersonal skills & ability to: Engage, communicate & influence project stakeholder Establish trust & credibility with other functional and senior stakeholders Strong project management experience and skills Strong change management results Demonstrated ability to work with suppliers and drive mutually beneficial solutions IT skills (basic MS packages) Understanding of main legal concepts included in purchase contracts for capital goods & services

Preferred Qualifications:

CPSM or equivalent purchasing qualification (or currently working towards qualification) 6 years in Capital Sourcing or Capital Project Management Experience with PDP or FEL IT skills (intermediate to advanced skill level in MS Excel) Experience of using TCO analysis based sourcing decisions Competitive bidding experience and contracting knowledge

Other relevant information to the position

Develop and demonstrate project management skills Change management and influencing skills Develop an great understanding of the Cargill Businesses, technology and project delivery process Ability to impact Cargill’s bottom line Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


Strategic Sourcing & Procurement

Primary Location


Other Locations

US-KS-Wichita, US-MN-Minneapolis



Job Type



Day Job

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