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Cargill Regional Process Development and Piloting Lead North America in Savage, Minnesota

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 154 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.


The Regional Process Development and Piloting Lead North America will provide strategic direction and operational guidance for Cargill's shared pilot facilities in Savage, MN and Eddyville, IA while leading an experienced and highly motivated team of professionals. In this role, you will be responsible for operating and maintaining the pilot assets and further developing the process development and piloting capabilities and you will partner with Cargill businesses, customers and external technology partners to ensure that pilot assets and capabilities and are aligned with the business growth strategies.


  • Lead the development and piloting of new production processes to support new ingredient innovation including engineering of the innovative process solutions, testing these innovations on pilot scale as well as producing pilot scale amounts of food grade prototypes for evaluation at customers.

  • Plan, prioritize and monitor all process development and piloting activities to ensure execution in alignment with process development and piloting capabilities and business priorities while collaborating with the organization businesses, customers and external technology partners.

  • Monitor operations and maintenance of the pilot plant assets to ensure safe and efficient operation and maintain the assets in optimum conditions.

  • Accountable for all internal and external operating and regulatory procedures for the pilot facilities in alignment with corporate environment, health and safety and food safety, quality and regulatory programs, standards and goals as well as government regulations.

  • Prepare, administer and control capital and operating budgets for the pilot assets in the assigned locations to ensure accountability for meeting and controlling operating expenses and established targets.

  • Develop plans and deliver results in a fast-changing business or regulatory environment, while leading and developing a team of experienced professionals and supervisors, coaching and making decisions related to talent management hiring, performance and disciplinary actions. You will also collaborate with managers and supervisors in your organization to ensure staff selections align with current and future needs.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of six years of related work experience


  • Master's degree in a technical field or equivalent experience

  • Experience in the scale up of innovative manufacturing technology from bench scale, to piloting, to full manufacturing scale

  • Experience in budgeting and cost management

  • Experience in project management, including capital projects of varying scope

  • Knowledge of Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements

  • Knowledge of Food Safety requirements and management

  • Three years of supervisory experience

  • Demonstrated skills in developing and leading people with diverse backgrounds to reach project goals and career development goals

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

  • Willingness to travel between two pilot locations (Savage, MN (minimum 50% of time) and Eddyville, IA)

US Covid-19 Vaccination Update: Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time.  Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

At Cargill, everyone matters and everyone counts. Cargill is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. As such and in alignment with our Guiding Principles, Cargill's long-standing equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, family status, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, union affiliation, or any other status protected by law.

Cargill also complies with all applicable national and local laws and regulations pertaining to non-discrimination and employment.

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US Employment Resources: Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.