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Management Information and Decision Support (MIDS) Senior Analyst CPS - Hopkins, MN #5939617

Company: Cargill

Date: 01/12/2019

Category: Insurance

City: Hopkins, MN

Management Information and Decision Support (MIDS) Senior Analyst CPS

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 views Decision Support as a key extension of FP&A, providing financial analysis to drive value for the business. This position is tagged to Cargill Salt and will use data and analysis to generate a deep understanding of business performance, enhance decision making, and drive action. This requires strong partnership with FP&A, Accounting & Finance, and key business partners. This position will serve as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) analyzing the BOSC – Business Operations and Supply Chain space. Primary accountabilities will include key driver and variance analysis (volume, mix, COGS, freight), S&OP forecasts, and ad hoc management reporting. This position must be able to multi-task and manage multiple requests at various times. Critical skills in analysis, communication of information, ability to build trust, and challenging the status quo will be vital to the success of this role.

Principal Accountabilities

60% Decision Support:

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) that provides decision support to the business and FP&A team.

  • Partner with FP&A to develop analysis that leads to actionable insights to improve performance.

  • Partner with the business as a key financial contact for BOSC – Business Operations and Supply Chain analysis, product/customer profitability, and variance analysis.

  • Integrate new KPIs and metrics into dashboards and assist the MI team (Management Information) in validating and delivering clear information.

  • Create and analyze forecasts, budgets, and performance metrics that impact business plans and the S&OP process. Conduct driver analysis (volume, price, mix, cost) and capital investment review.

  • Monitor financial performance including working capital and competitive excellence. Propose opportunities to drive improvement.

  • Benchmark - understand, translate, and provide insight into business performance against competitor & industry trends. Connect the dots and drive improvement with follow-up actions.

  • Assist on M&A financial modeling and analysis as requested.

30% Continuous Improvement:

  • Proactively identify and implement process simplification and improvements for decision support.

  • Advise MI team (Management Information) on reporting standardization projects across the business to meet the needs of A&F, FP&A, and the Salt Group.

  • Validate effective, accurate, and automated delivery of key reports by partnering with MI team.

  • Learn new tools as needed to monitor business activities and aid in decision making.

  • Collaborate across Cargill to create and leverage best practices.

10% Finance Leadership and Ad hoc Projects

  • Partner with peers in A&F and FP&A to achieve the finance strategy and strategic goals of the business.

  • As the SME, proactively identify and communicate key performance trends and risks to Finance leadership.

  • Participate and manage ad hoc projects as requested.

  • Travel up to 15% as needed to support BOSC – Business Operations and Supply Chain.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field

  • Minimum 4 years of work-related experience

  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Proven experience managing multiple priorities on deadlines

  • Self-starter with continuous improvement mindset

  • Strong attention to detail

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

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • SME (subject matter expert) possessing good technical skills

  • Change leader

  • BOSC – Business Operations and Supply Chain or Manufacturing experience.

Other relevant information to the position

This is a key decision support role for the business that performs moderately complex work with limited oversight. It is a role that requires a high degree of problem solving and analysis capability. A superior candidate in this role is a subject matter expert, a valuable partner to the business, and is able to influence and drive change/improvement across multiple teams. This is an excellent opportunity for professionals to enhance skills in analysis, change leadership, and project management.

Success Attributes

  • Ability to understand the business (products/services, customers, processes) and their key drivers of success (how they make money, what the business costs are).

  • Demonstrates high degree of curiosity. Invest time and energy into learnings. Seeks different points of view and perspectives.

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

  • Proven ability to take initiative to independently analyze and solve complex problems.

  • Ability to work successfully in both a team environment and independently.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills – must be able to manage projects to successful conclusion.

  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to deal with ambiguity.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Finance/Accounting

Primary Location US-MN-Hopkins

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: HOP04887

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