Southeast Asia Operations Leader
Asia, Region
39d ago

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.


The Operations Lead is responsible for providing strategic operational oversight for all production / operating facilities in Cargill Sweeteners and Starches Texturisers Southeast Asia sub-

Region (Indonesia, India). Overall oversight and direct accountability for meeting global standards for safety, quality, operational effectiveness and financial performance.

Production Safety- Leads and ensures all production / operating facilities in scope to comply with Cargill food / feed safety program standards and goals.

Accountable for establishing compliance with internal / external operating / regulatory procedures on employee safety and food / feed safety including development and strategic oversight execution in alignment with Corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory (FSQR) Functions as well as government regulations.

  • Develops strong partnerships with EHS / FSQR expert leaders to ensure the most effective risk mitigation plans and regulatory compliance strategies are in place : -
  • Health & Safety : champions a culture of zero injury and illness.-Environmental : Reduces and proactively avoids environmental impact and potential risk to the businesses.

  • Food Safety : Accountable for eliminating risks associated with products. Ensures HACCP / FDA requirements are met in all food and feed processes.
  • Educates / trains workforce in the food safety fundamentals and completes safety inspections and housekeeping audits.- Provides overall oversight to EHS / FSQR incident data to identify risks and to recommend mitigation strategies (i.
  • e. safety index, RIFR, food safety index, FSQR and FDA audits).- Leads strategic initiatives representing the business with external / internal regulatory authorities.

    Has overall accountability for maintaining good rapport with the local community and regulatory agencies.- Represents the business as principal spokesperson on significant operational matter.

    Develops relationships and contacts with Business customers, suppliers and authorities and actively supports community involvement activities.

    Production Customer Quality / Reliability- Establishes and implements operational strategies for CSST Southeast Asia business.

  • Leads strategic operations / quality management deliverables to ensure customer and product / quality standards requirements are met within specifications.
  • Provide leadership and collaborates with Logistics / Procurement / Sales / Supply Chain organizations to ensure availability of raw materials and ability to meet customer specifications and timelines.
  • Accountable for overseeing execution and delivery of production commitments based on agreed monthly and annual sales plans.
  • Ensures overall customer satisfaction and that any inquiries, incidents and / or issues are resolved in a timely manner.

  • Develops strong customer relationships by meeting businesses objectives and by understanding how operational performance impact internal / external customers.
  • Develops and oversees implementation of performance metrics for capturing, monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of corporate quality management activities and programs at the Business level.
  • Monitors overall manufacturing operational results (i.e. yields, consumables, efficiencies and cost figures) and takes appropriate action to stay on track with budgets and other agreed targets.
  • Champions and leverages technology innovation by developing strategic operational plans and by overseen execution.- Ensures Cargill Intellectual Property (IP) materials, processes and knowledge are protected and maintained.
  • Production Financial Performance / Capital Effectiveness- Responsible for management and compliance capital and operating budgets to achieve long / medium term financial performance objectives set by the Group.

    Ensures and holds direct reports accountable for meeting and controlling operating expenses and established targets.- Responsible the planning and execution of manufacturing P&L, G&A, variable and fixed budgets as well as establishes metrics to understand how production expenditure / costs impacts the overall businesses margins and pricing.

  • Partners with procurement / sales departments to establish best sourcing / pricing practices to forecast overall volume of orders and inventory turns / costs.
  • Accountable for overseeing and managing base and non-base capital investments projects and spending.- Partners and collaborates with other Operational Functional Leader, as well as with appropriate COEs (i.
  • e. engineering / technology SMEs, Procurement, commercial, MDs) to establish medium / long-term businesses strategic goals in the development of plant capital investment strategies.

    Ensures capital projects objectives and scope is consistent with business strategy and technology strategy.- Provides leadership on operational reliability excellence and on process safety management and application into capital projects.

  • May directly oversee implementation / execution of all base and non-base capital investments projects in accordance to pre-
  • approved budgets and by using proper project management tools / practices (i.e. Project Delivery Process, Portfolio Project Management, and build template).

    Production Efficiency- Responsible for leading and overseeing the overall operational management of the facilities in CSST Southeast Asia Businesses.

    Prepares, implements and monitors manufacturing annual business plan.- Leads and champions a culture that builds, operates and maintains plants that are operational sound, safe, and efficient.

    Leverages and enforces leading operational practices and aggressively raises the performance of poor plants by monitoring key performance indicators (i.

    e. yield optimization, energy / water usage reductions, operator safety indexes, etc.).- Leads strategic implementation of operational efficiency programs which may include, but are not limited to, standardization of plant information manufacturing systems, quality control, process safety management, reliability excellence, operators best practices, internal operational excellence award programs such as (i.

    e. Best Plant Award, EHS president award) as well as external certification programs (i.e. ISO certification).- Responsible for planning overall workforce needed resources, with direct coordination / support from Human Resources and Site / Plant Managers, to execute against medium / long-

    term strategies and for meeting strategic operations goals in accordance with Group / Businesses objectives.- Leads Reliability Excellence processes for all plants in scope for the business and ensures the reliability culture is foundational to operations.

    Provides leadership on common reliability processes, standards, and metrics (i.e. focus on eliminating the root-cause of reliability problems, etc.

    to achieve targeted results from continuous improvement practices, and validates the importance of Reliability Excellence through key successes measurements (i.

    e. scorecard and metrics control, total cost of maintenance, total cost of ownership, monthly review of compliance audits, etc.

    People Management- Provides leadership and oversees general workforce administration policies and programs in the areas of communications, staffing, training, evaluations, disciplinary actions and safety.

    Develops planning for future production workforce needs and participates in selection of employees.- Directly or jointly with Managing Directors, leads, develops and engages manufacturing leads and location leadership team members including coaching Cargill’s core values and guiding principles.

  • Responsible for developing strong leaders (at all levels) and a more diverse workforce by seeking multiple approaches to source / attract diverse talent.
  • Incorporates diversity in succession planning and job fulfillment.- Overall responsibility for the strategic workforce planning and accountable for successful training and on boarding of new / transferred employees as well as workforce engagement, recognition, development and coaching.

  • Leads and develops operational / reliability / safety training programs and provides oversight on employee performance records on a quarterly / annual basis.
  • Provides leadership and leads the implementation of systems and processes to maintain a highly engaged workforce. Holds direct reports accountable for actively addressing engagement issues and identifies / leverages best practices in engagement.
  • Delivers and oversees on Performance Measurement Plans (PMP) and establishes development goals aligned business and operational strategy.
  • Identifies and develops key talent to support future business needs.- Provides leadership oversight to ensure total compensation is aligned with individual performance factors, country market data, and internal guidelines with full support / agreement of MDs and Functional Operational Leaders.


  • University degree in (Food) Engineering or MBA. Or similar experience or thinking level.
  • Minimal 15 year experience in a food manufacturing environment.
  • Solid experience in food ingredients manufacturing.
  • Proven experience with implementation of continuous improvement projects.
  • Proven ability to lead and develop multi-functional teams and build and leverage relationships across multiple functions and businesses to maximize team performance and achieve project objectives.
  • Experience with working in a matrix organization.

  • Proven ability to lead by influencing by building commitment for his / her ideas with functions not directly under his / her control.
  • Experience in an international plant network with different cultures.
  • Proven technical project experience.
  • Strong conceptual skills, problem solving capacity
  • Strong analytical, organizational and data management skills
  • Capable of building collaborative working relationships
  • Ability to influence and drive organizational change and improvements
  • High standards for his / her own work and patience to dig into details
  • Understand regulations and polices (EHS, Food Safety, PSM, HACCP, HAZOP, Risk assessment)
  • Develop regional business plans, measures and objectives based on overall corporate goals and directives.
  • Direct and lead people in the accomplishment of business objectives that are not fully defined or developed.
  • Successfully apply continuous improvement tools and principle
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