Name: Ruben I.
Title: Plant Manager
Career Area: Engineering & Operations
Location: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
Education: Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Paraguay, Graduate with honors in Chemical Engineering
“At Cargill, we have the right context to lead high-performing teams more effectively by creating synergy, rapport, pride and two-way trust”
Reaching our desired level of performance in our operations means doing things right the first time and continuing to do them right every day with a world-class team. Cargill‘s vision inspires us to have high caliber people with the right composition, working in the right context, having the right competencies and managing the required changes.
Describe your work responsibilities and the importance of your role.
I’m the plant manager of Cargill’s soybean crushing plant in Paraguay. My responsibility is to execute Cargill’s strategy for the soybean supply chain, leading the plant’s operations to make products according to customer requirements with the necessary efficiency and motivating those I manage to operate as a world-class team.
Describe your day-to-day activities and the skills needed to perform well.
Day by day, I assess where our current performance, where we want to be in the near future, and how we will get to the required future state. To perform well, I need an in-depth understanding of the business operations, high attention to detail, and a dedication to continuous improvement. My leadership style is to inspire others by being a living example myself, and by being an effective communicator who connects with people all the time, listening to them and learning from them.
Describe your career path. Where did you start and how did you get to where you are today?
I started with Cargill 11 years ago as an engineer trainee. That experience really inspired me. After that, I became a production supervisor for two years. To grow my understanding of operations, I took the position of maintenance supervisor for two years, and after that, I worked for one year in biomass origination for the plant. After gaining all that experience, I came back to work as the production supervisor, and then I was promoted to be the plant manager. Along the way, I became a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt..
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
To grow up as a world-class professional, learning from others and inspiring others is what I find most rewarding. I constantly receive and give. I love when I see Cargill thriving and my team contributing to it.
Why did you choose to join Cargill and what keeps you here? In other words, how has a career at Cargill helped you to thrive?
I chose Cargill because it is one of the best organizations in my country. Today, I’m really convinced that Cargill is one of the best companies in the world. That’s a good reason to stay with Cargill.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career at Cargill like yours?
If you’re looking for a place to work where all your potential for growth will be realized, that place would be Cargill. One of the first statements I heard from people when I was a new engineer for Cargill was: “It’s up to you where you want to go and what you want to be in Cargill.” That’s really true. It depends on you.
Share an interesting tidbit about yourself such as hobbies, volunteerism, favorite foods or activities, accomplishments inside or outside of work.
My hobby is my family. I have three daughters and one son. I really like football and rugby. One of the things I love the most is to read books on my e-Reader. I teach theology in my church and Industrial Chemistry at the main University of Ciudad del Este.