Cargill Plant Manager in Antwerp, Belgium

Plant Manager

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.


Job location(s): Antwerp

As Plant Manager, you are primarily responsible for all Operations activities and its financial performance.

You will set up and implement the year plan and budgets for the Plant and coordinate the cross functional activities locally, you align with the local team and you interact effectively with other colleagues from Cargill primarily those based in Belgium, France and The Netherlands.

You are responsible for implementing Alignment, Accountability and Action values and behavior, as well as for sharing and implementing relevant strategies of Cargill. Furthermore as Plant Manager, you will oversee Master and Detailed Production Scheduling to meet demand plans. Additionally you will support the implementation and execution of the quality policies on site. By overseeing the Plant you ensure the technical availability and optimal performance of the Plant. Together with Finance and Engineering you will decide on Capital Expenditures and Investments to further optimize Plant performance.

Next to that you will build up and extend the network and relationships with the local government to stay aligned with rules and regulations concerning the Plant. For the upcoming years you, as Plant Manager, will focus on three goals: Output, structuring and implementation of a Safety and Continuous Improvement Plan for the plant. To realize these goals you will need to build, manage and develop your team. By aligning with the people and tapping into the available knowledge and skills you can forge a solid team-based operation. As Plant Manager you can reach out and enhance collaboration between the other CCC Manufacturing Sites to determine best manufacturing practices and enhance knowledge sharing.

From a Business point of view, you are the link between the Antwerp Plant and the Sales, Supply Chain, QA, HR, and Finance departments within Cargill. By aligning within the CCC organization you will ensure maximum profits, effective actions and accountability, a more proactive way of working together and meeting the challenges of the future. You lead on a day to day basis the local management team in Antwerp. You will report directly to the Regional Operations Lead Chocolate Europe and you will interact frequently with the Operations Director Chocolate.

Major Tasks

  • Manage all aspects on time related to the production at the facility like quantity, quality yield and costs.

  • Coordinate production related issues with other departments like laboratory, logistics purchasing and other areas.

  • Manage all aspects to the production like People Safety, Food Safety, Arbo, environmental permits, ISO-, OHSAS-, HACCP-, BRC- and AIB-certification and Cargill legislation.

  • Responsible for all production, production- planning, plant administration, distribution, shipping and cleaning personnel incl. temporary employees and contractors. Selection and development of employees, education, training, promotion, behavior, motivation and applying new methods to improve work practice.

  • Remaining at the forefront of knowledge relating to primary areas of responsibility

  • Train, coach and motivate subordinates in order that good long term work environment is maintained, and in order to upgrade know-how on manufacturing of cocoa and chocolate products

% is according to team responsibility / distribution in order to meet the business needs

Lead change of organization and through people.


Technical degree (University) in Food or Process Technology

  • Five years of experience in plant operations

  • Similar Plant Manager or Management role

  • Change management and people development


  • Know and understand- chocolate-processing techniques, plant design and application

  • Good knowledge of ISO-, Arbo- and environmental legislation and Food Safety requirements (AIB, HACCP, GMP and BRC)

  • Know and understand Continuous Improvement (Lean Six Sigma / Stable Ops) and a proven track record in implementation of CI projects

  • Analytical thinking and capability to put ideas into place

  • Strong communicator, both on local and organization level

  • Strong sense of ownership and prioritization

  • Capable to take decisions (popular and unpopular) and put them into action

  • People manager with open and transparent communication

  • Capable to coach and train employees and to guide personnel from different levels and background

  • Successfully mastered change

  • Quality minded


  • Production orientated manager with helicopter view and people management and Problem Solving skills

  • Continuous drive to improvement

  • Proactively identify and understand risks beyond area of responsibility

  • Good knowledge of English


What policies, procedural manuals, guidance, etc. are available to assist the incumbent in solving normal operational problems? To what extent is original and independent thinking required? Give examples.

  • General manuals, guidance and information are given (Arbo, Cargill plant policies, Food requirements, etc.). The Plant Manager has to make sure the personnel working under his responsibility will work according to all this rules and information to guarantee all EH&S, Customer and Food Safety requirements.

  • Managing and applying these issues in the right context is complicated and requires a lot of knowledge, experience, management skills and creative thinking.

  • The Plant Manager has to be innovative and creative in finding solutions to maximize: efficiency, customer satisfaction and quality and to reduce costs.


Indicate what decisions are made independently in normal course of operation. What decisions are made in the form of a recommendation? What decisions are referred to a higher authority? Give examples.


  • All production related decisions necessary to achieve efficient results within approved budget and the Standard and Goals agreed upon

  • Personnel management of the production related aspects


  • Production Volumes

  • Product portfolio

Decisions referred to Regional Operations Lead Chocolate Europe:

  • Base and non- base spending

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 Operations

Primary Location Belgium-VAN-Antwerp

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: ANT00057