Cargill Global Business Operations & Supply Chain Financial Lead in Schiphol, Netherlands

Global Business Operations & Supply Chain Financial Lead

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.


About Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate (CCC) offers its customers quality products and services they trust to help them thrive, today and in the future.

We consistently deliver a wide range of products—including cocoa powder, liquor and butter, chocolates, fillings and coatings—to help customers stand out from the crowd. Cargill offers peace of mind in the short- and long-term: day-to-day we work to the highest safety standards and offer insight-driven price risk management.

For recipe development and optimization, we have seven specialized application centers around the world. Our innovation support and consistent performance make us a proactive partner in all major consumer markets. Cargill customers also benefit from our bean sourcing and research capabilities in key origin countries, including Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia. With the Cargill Cocoa Promise we lead the way towards a sustainable cocoa supply chain.

With a team of 2,700 passionate cocoa and chocolate experts in 35 locations, we provide unique knowledge and proactive service across five continents, built on a foundation of 150 years of experience. If you would like to read more about Cocoa and Chocolate, have a look at:

Job location : Schiphol, Netherlands

You will provide analytical support to Business Operations & Supply Chain (BOSC) CCC leadership teams by monitoring performance and identifying areas for improvement including cost optimization, investment analysis, asset footprint, working capital returns, and yield analysis. It includes analyzing data to provide insight into evaluating acquisition targets and industry practices. This may include creating new data or metrics. This role will help drive business performance by focusing on both top-line growth and cost improvement. By relying on the Accounting & Finance organization to produce accurate and timely financial and management reports, this position provides analysis on actual performance and insight on the direction of the business. This role is part of our finance team focusing on end-to-end global CCC BOSC group. You will report directly to the global cocoa finance director with a dotted line to the CCC BOSC director.

You will interact critically with the Operations and Supply chain directors, regional finance directors, CCC leadership and other analysts. This role will have breadth across businesses and operate across regions (Europe, West Africa, Latin America, Asia and North America). Building strong relationships within the function and business including leadership teams will be critical for value creation opportunities. Critical skills in analysis, communication of a set of information and point of view, influencing, and challenging the status quo are critical.

Principal Accountabilities

Business Partnering (50%)

  • Support the finance director(s) and BOSC management by providing analysis and insight into the performance of the business.

  • Identify analytics needs through a comprehensive understanding of their business and collaboration with stakeholders

  • Partner with internal customers to develop analyses that lead to actionable insights that improve business decision making, performance, and business growth. Help implement action plans.

  • Monitor operational performance including variance analysis and comparison against forecast and budget and communicate results to leadership including calls to action.

  • Support with preparation of business plans, forecasts and budgets.

  • Create and drive value within business (stretch targets). Measured by profit improvement (wider margins), lower cost and driving performance. Focus management on most critical risks and opportunities.

  • Demonstrates an application of broad/diverse operations and supply chain knowledge with understanding of how all areas come together and operate as a business.

  • Understands, translates, and provides insight into business performance against competitor & industry trends. Ability to connect the dots.

  • Deliver clear presentations including defending positions on controversial topics; adapt style to continuously seek ‘win win’ solutions.

  • Communicates as an official spokesperson for the function within the business group and enterprise in a variety of settings.

  • Translate financial metrics into key insight for operational and strategic decision making.

  • Provide financial and business analysis on key business opportunities, including JV’s, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Process Improvement (20%)

  • Define and work with stakeholders to improve data integrity and usefulness, including identification of opportunities to improve operations and processes that impact data.

  • Develop analytics and reports and support the team in driving consistent use of business support tools.

  • Utilize and improve existing frameworks and reports to enhance the analytical environment in operations.

  • Identify and establish new key performance metrics where appropriate

Ad-hoc Project Support (30%)

  • Actively support leadership on business and financial requests and analysis.

  • Provide finance support for the cocoa and chocolate group projects.

  • Active participation in various business finance initiatives and other duties as assigned.

Function based time allocation:

  • Cocoa Beans Supply Chain (30%)

  • Order to Cash Supply Chain (70%) of which Manufacturing (40%) and Planning and Control and Order Delivery (30%).


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Business Finance or in Engineering with Business related degree

  • Minimum of 5-8 years relevant experience.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills (deep-dive and high-level summary capability)

  • Ability to integrate and interpret disparate sources of data using broad range of analytical data tools. Incorporates use of statistical methodology and predictive modeling techniques. Design, develop and implement value-added business analytics.

  • Demonstrate strong BOSC but also commercial acumen. Able 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 learning. Seeks different points of view and perspectives (internal and external).

  • Relates to others with candor, openness, and transparency

  • Demonstrated ability to interact and influence at all levels of the organization

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to deal with ambiguity

  • Enthusiastic, hands-on and can-do attitude

  • Ability to travel internationally & English proficiency

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in Business Finance or in Engineering with Business related degree

  • 6 sigma degree

  • Experience in a manufacturing business

  • Experience in modeling analytical tools (e.g. Tableau, Business Objects etc.)

  • Experience with JD Edwards, SAP, Lynx ERP system, and Tableau.

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today!

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Job Finance/Accounting

Primary Location Netherlands-NH-Schiphol

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: SCH02077