Plant Manager

Shelton, NE:Ravenna, NE:
Nov 17, 2016
Mar 23, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Plant Manager-SHE00135 Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 150,000 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. Learn more at


Cargill's Agricultural Supply Chain - North America (CASC NA) connects agricultural producers to food, feed and industrial customers through a seamless supply chain. We help our customers compete in the global market and efficiently deliver products from origins to destinations through our marketing, sourcing, originating, storing, trading, consulting and processing of grain, oilseeds and crop inputs products and solutions. CASC NA business reaches across Canada, United States & Mexico with an expansive asset footprint including over 200 grain elevators, export/import facilities, oilseed crush plants, biodiesel facilities, and farm service centers.

The Plant Manager has overall leadership responsibility for operations and personnel at a grain elevator facility to maximize efficiencies, operate within applicable government regulations and Cargill policy, and assist in identifying and developing customer solutions and service.

The position will support our Shelton, Ravenna and Gibon facilities.

The Plant Manager will lead the facility to serve our customers, prevent incidents, reduce costs, improve efficiencies, execute capital spending plans, and enrich the local community through service projects and involvement in civic organizations. This is accomplished by leading and engaging the plant Operations Team to achieve goals and by creating and implementing an organized approach to execute on planned activities. This position will also be given peer leadership responsibility and accountability as a member of the extended regional Leadership Team. It is expected that, via peer leadership, the Plant Manager will help other functions (finance, sales, and merchandising) achieve overall business objectives through operational excellence.

Principal Accountabilities:

35% - Risk Management - focusing on reducing and managing risks associated with employees, contractors, customers, products, and facilities. This focuses on the following: Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS), Zero execution incidents, food and feed safety, process safety, and facility security.

35% - Talent Management - having a talent pipeline with effective, diverse leaders who are well trained, engaged, and focused on operational excellence for today and for the future. This focuses on the following: training and development, engagement, hiring and retaining diverse talent, balance between leadership and technical expertise, and a culture focused on operational excellence.

20% - Operational Effectiveness - taking advantage of business opportunities while making continuous improvements. Manage the efficiencies of our plants which will enable us to be the partner of choice for our customers. This focuses on the following: grain quality management, mix and blend, plant efficiencies, process improvements, operation costs, energy management, and staffing,

5% - Reliability Excellence - having a strategic approach in which systems, structure, processes, and procedures are in place to create reliable, safe and sustainable plants at the best total cost of ownership. This focuses on the following: best total cost of ownership (operation and maintenance), on-time deliveries, higher plant availability, proactive approach to reliability excellence, and asset health management.

5% - Capital Effectiveness - using best practices for selecting, planning, developing and executing while consistently delivering successful projects. This focuses on the following: contractor safety, skilled and professional project management and execution, best total cost of ownership (specification, procurement, and installation), using the Project Delivery Process (PDP) tools (budget and schedule compliance).

This position offers an opportunity to increase overall business acumen through an increased awareness of other functional roles by participating as an extended Leadership Team member. Depending on the individual facility, some or all of these technical skills will be learned within the first two years:

  • Ability to administer and manage an effective and proactive EHS program
  • Knowledge of government regulations
  • Inventory management skills
  • Experience with electrical and programmable controllers
  • Mechanical ability and maintenance experience
  • General marketing or merchandising knowledge
  • Operating efficiency and expense management skills



  • 2 or more years of experience as a Leader and/or Manager in a business or agricultural related field

  • Experience in administering and/or managing an effective and proactive Safety program
  • Must be able and willing to work from heights (i.e. ladders, catwalks, etc.) and in an indoor/outdoor environment
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Strong communication and listening skills
  • Ability to influence decision-making
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • Proven problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Capable of delivering innovation
  • Ability to engage a high performing team


  • 4 year post-secondary education
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-NE-Shelton

Other Locations US-NE-Ravenna

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job