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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cargill - Communications Specialist

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 nearly 150 years of experience

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 143,000 employees

in 67 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


This role works with the leadership team of Cargill’s Law Department to develop and implement a communications strategy for the legal job family that will help the function deliver on its objectives and advance the company’s overall goals. The intranet is a critical tool in the Law Department’s communication strategy. As such, the communication specialist must be a strong writer, strategist, collaborator and project manager who knows how to use communications to drive business outcomes, They must also have strong emphasis on developing and maintaining intranet sites in support of Law’s communication strategy. The position is part of Cargill’s Corporate Affairs team but is embedded within the Law function to ensure proximity to leaders and content that is essential to being successful in this role.

25% Collaborate with Law Leadership to create and implement comprehensive and integrated communication tools and messages which support the organization's strategy, business and employee engagement goals. Provide support in preparing and executing internal communications such as the development of presentations, talking points and Q&As.

30% Site strategy & management. Work with Law, Corporate Affairs and IT colleagues to implement Law’s strategies through its intranet sites. Develop new sites, sections and pages. Create page designs and sitemaps/wireframes. Direct the work of technical teams for more complex site enhancements, new functionality, and platform decisions. Ensure appropriate security is in place and sites are actively managed by content owners.

40% Content creation and site maintenance: Responsible for routine postings and content updates to the Law Department’s HTML and Sharepoint intranet sites. Write content and assist with locating, creating and deploying graphic and multimedia content for use on the intranet and other channels. Ensure consistency in style, tone, relevance and quality.

5% Measure communications plan effectiveness, develop action plans from measurements, partner with stakeholders to determine actions based on measurements. Liaise with Global IT and Corporate Affairs


Bachelor's degree in relevant field (e.g. Communications, Marketing, Journalism)

3+ years’ experience in internal communications, developing plans, channels, tools and messaging

3+ years’ experience with web maintenance, production, and/or content strategy

Working knowledge of HTML/CSS

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong consulting skills to effectively work with stakeholders to develop creative, innovate solutions

Demonstrated ability to effectively manage project and possess project management skills

Demonstrated ability to solve problems and manage expectations of stakeholders at all levels in the organization

Strong customer service and interpersonal skills combined with good written and verbal communications skills

Demonstrated ability to stay organized and meet deadlines in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment

Motivated, self-starter who thrives working with a high-performing team and has the ability to manage changing priorities

Demonstrated personal leadership abilities to work effectively as a team member, as well as independently

Ability to appropriately handle confidential, sensitive information

Experience leading change efforts characterized by effective communications, strong partnership with leadership and strong engagement with other employees and technology end users

Experience managing intranets

Experience working with a global audience

Experience using Dreamweaver

Experience using image editing software, such as Adobe CS, Photoshop Elements

Advanced HTML and Javascript programming

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. 

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