Name: Adriaan V.
Title: Technical Commercial Graduate
Career Area: Animal Science
Location: Rotterdam (NL) / Kolding (DK)
Education: MSc Animal Sciences (Wageningen University)
“The colleagues I work with are experienced and it is a pleasure to be part of my team. Cargill puts a lot of emphasis on research and development and personal development. For me, these things are an important aspect in my work environment and future career.”
The colleagues I work with are experienced and it is a pleasure to be part of my team. Cargill puts a lot of emphasis on research and development and personal development. For me, these things are an important aspect in my work environment and future career
Describe your work responsibilities and the importance of your role.
As first, as a trainee, my most important responsibility is to own my personal and technical development. By being curious and ambitious I always challenge myself to raise the bar higher. My specific responsibilities as a trainee were to setup a R&D projects from the start to finish. In the formulation department I was partly responsible for the formulation of complete feed diets for our European customers.
Describe your day-to-day activities and the skills needed to perform well.
My daily activities include studying scientific and professional literature, collecting data in the field, analyzing data, reporting results, formulating swine diets, participate in relevant trainings and guiding costumers/colleagues during farm visits and excursions. It’s important to be good at analytical, communication and reporting skills, but also to remain curious.
Describe your career path. Where did you start and how did you get to where you are today.
Since I was a kid, I walked around my parent’s swine farm. Later in my teenage years, I worked actively on our farm with the animals, where my interest in agriculture began. Following high school, I joined the University of Applied Science to study the Animal Husbandry. During this study, I specialized in pig production. After graduation, I continued with MSc Animal Science at Wageningen University. At the end of my study period I certainly wanted to continue with challenging a job in Animal production/nutrition, which is how I ended up at Cargill.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
Working together with high caliber people, the way they deal with other people and their openness/honesty is one of the most rewarding things I have experienced. Above all, Cargill let’s me get involved in many issues and projects, giving me the opportunity to quickly the feeling that you are appreciated.
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? The high level of knowledge, work atmosphere, the ambition the company pursue, and of course, how we deal with people!
What advice would you give someone interested in a career at Cargill like yours?
Make sure you get in touch as soon as possible with your EGP coordinator and the people from the business unit you are interested in. Stay open minded to all opportunities during your Cargill career.
Share an interesting tidbit about yourself such as hobbies, volunteerism, favorite foods or activities, accomplishments inside or outside of work.
One of my largest hobbies is volunteering and working on my parent’s farm. . Of course, I also like to have fun with friends!