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Monday, October 31, 2016

Cargill - Communications Specialist-WAY05496

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 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. 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. Learn more at


 Position Purpose

The Communications Specialist position is a key role within the Starches & Sweeteners North America (SSNA) communication team, connecting employees to the information they need to deliver business results. This role is responsible for the effective execution of specific elements of the internal and external communications strategies in SSNA, including the strategy and content of the SSNA intranet. The role works with stakeholders throughout our business, including all product segments and locations.

Principal Accountabilities

Ownership of SSNA’s intranet site, including shaping the strategy; sourcing, planning, writing, and posting content; working with commercial and functional leaders to create and maintain pages that support their team communication goals; make suggestions to improve site performance; continuously drive for engaging content and design.

30% Execute internal and external communications strategies, helping employees get the information they need to do their jobs to fulfill our SSNA purpose and mission and building and enhancing Cargill’s brand and reputation with external stakeholders. This includes managing the internal communications editorial calendar, monthly business results communication, employee quarterly meetings, internal webcasts, video production, drafting press releases, pitching the local media, and participating in community outreach efforts. Create and execute communication plans to support projects and initiatives.

10% Establish key metrics for communication initiatives and channels; measure, analyze, and report on progress, including providing suggestions for improvement and benchmark comparisons with industry leaders.

10% Communication resource and steward of Cargill Brand across SSNA. Provide coaching, templates, resources, and technical support needed to help business leaders shape and deliver their messages for town hall meetings and other channels as needed as well as any other duties as assigned.

If selected for an interview, you will be required to submit signed copies of your last two performance reviews. (A completed e-PMP is considered a signed copy.)


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3 or more years’ experience in communications
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to provide clear and concise summary of information; excellent grammar.
  • Exceptional organizational and prioritization skills and have the ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to focus on both broad, strategic vision and small, critical details.
  • Project management skills. Experience managing communication projects from start to finish. Self-starter and effective problem solver.
  • Strong team player with ability to engage and make connections across cross-functional teams. Strong influencing skills.
  • Ability to understand stakeholders, build relationships, and interact comfortably with all levels of the organization.
  • Understanding of various communication mediums and how to use them effectively in communicating with internal stakeholders.
  • Curiosity with a passion to learn about the business and make connections to the communication strategy.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Working knowledge of Associated Press Style standards and guidelines.
  • Ability to adapt and learn in a changing work environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, or Marketing Communications
  • Expertise with communication measurement, analytics, and reporting.
 Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.