Director, ESG Controller (279845)

Wayzata, MN
United States
Job Description

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 157 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Director, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Controller will provide strategic and tactical support to Cargill’s sustainability organization in preparation for compliance with Global regulations. In this role, you will bring a unique skillset in data collection, internal controls, financial reporting, accounting, and governance that will be critical to establishing a strategy and global ways of working to accomplish these objectives in a standard, well controlled manner. You will serve as a strategic member of the controllership extended leadership team and will work closely with our ESG Ratings and Reporting Team.

Key Accountabilities

Represent controllership in the ESG space by leveraging internal and external resources to stay abreast of developments, benchmarked approaches and changing regulations in the space. Build the roadmap, operational plan and begin execution for the following activities, aligned to the CSRD time bound implementation plan that will be developed in parallel (and any other applicable regulation as it comes). The approach should be pragmatic, benchmarked externally and fit for purpose: 


  • Assess ESG materiality threshold and participate in double materiality assessment.

  • Solidify end to end process for collecting the most material ESG data points.

  • Build the internal control framework (e.g. ICSR) and structure to ensure complete and accurate ESG data for both limited assurance (initially) and reasonable assurance (following).

  • Lead, coordinate, and communicate the work to be done across the Controllers organization (including statutory reporting requirements such as IFRS S1 and S2).

  • Support and advise on ESG risk assessment activities.

  • Outline a proposal for a second line of defense (develop & implement data controls and processes to support the internal and external assurance of ESG data).

  • Partner on the EU Taxonomy assessment and determine ownership going forward.

  • Identify where we need short term proposal (acute fixes) vs. longer term more strategic plan.

  • Responsible for ensuring the financial statements of related businesses are in compliance with US GAAP and financial controls are designed and operating effectively including remediation of any control deficiencies. 

  • Advise the business on the accounting for ESG products, investments or projects such as carbon credits, emission allowances and virtual power agreements with support from Technical Accounting COE where necessary. 

  • You will provide strategic leadership, development and talent management which may include forecasting resource needs, recruiting, hiring, performance management, training and budgeting. You will also coordinate in selecting staff to align with current and future needs of the organization.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

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

  • Minimum of eight years of related work experience, five years of supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent

  • Self-starter comfortable with ambiguity and working in a matrixed environment 

  • Experience working in sustainability, preferably on the reporting side

  • Experience implementing or operating an internal control framework over financial reporting

  • Strong executive communication skills

  • Strong collaboration / business partnership



Position Information

A remote opportunity may be considered. Location is subject to compliance check and approval.


Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


United States