Cargill Sr. Decision Support Analyst in Wichita, Kansas

Sr. Decision Support Analyst

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 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.

Description

Position Purpose

This position is responsible for conducting decision support activities for Cargill Protein. Decision support uses 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) and key financial contact for their focus area. Primary accountabilities will include ad hoc management reporting, forecasts, benchmarking, volume and margin analysis. 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 RFP support, product/customer profitability, and variance analysis.

  • Integrate new KPIs and metrics into dashboards and assist Data and BI 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 SGA, 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 Data & BI on reporting standardization projects across the business to meet the needs of A&F, FP&A, and the Protein Group structure.

  • Validate effective, accurate, and automated delivery of key reports by partnering with Data & BI.

  • 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.

Qualifications

Required

  • 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

  • SME (subject matter expert) possessing good technical skills

  • Understanding and experience working with Protein Group source systems

  • Change leader

 

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-KS-Wichita

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: WIC03965