Name: James L.
Title: Commercial Technical Graduate
Career Area: Animal Science
Location: Yorkshire, UK
Education: BSc (Hons), Animal Science, University of Nottingham, UK
“Feeding the world is one of the biggest problems facing the world today; it is one which cannot be tackled by just one nation. I feel I can make an impact on being part of an organization that has influence across the globe in so many areas of food production.”
Feeding the world is one of the biggest problems facing the world today; it is one which cannot be tackled by just one nation. I feel I can make an impact on being part of an organization that has influence across the globe in so many areas of food production.
Describe your work responsibilities and the importance of your role.
I am currently enrolled on the CPN EMEA Graduate program. We began with six months of technical knowledge in all areas from animal production to the computer systems that run the feed mills. After that, we spent four months at our Innovation Centre at Velddriel in the Netherlands, understanding how we conduct the research that keeps us competitive and what global pressures influence what direction our research takes. Finally, the program ended with a six month commercial placement anywhere within the EMEA region.
Describe your day-to-day activities and the skills needed to perform well.
It varies so much depending on which placement you are on.
Describe your career path. Where did you start and how did you get to where you are today?
I started in Cargill as a maternity cover at the Dalton Office for CAN/CPN. After that, I was asked to apply for the newly started graduate program. I really wanted to work for a multinational, multicultural company so I jumped at the prospect of working for Cargill.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The most rewarding part if feeling like I am a force for good in the world and that the research we conduct and products we sell are contributing to more efficient farming practices and reducing its global environmental impact.
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?
After leaving university I knew two things: I wanted to work in animal nutrition and I wanted to work all over the world with people from different nations and cultures. My lofty ambitions were, and still are, to be part of solution that helps feed our increasing global population. Working for Cargill allows me to do all of this.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career at Cargill like yours?
Don’t be afraid to reach out and contact anybody, you’ll never know what help or advice they may offer.
Share an interesting tidbit about yourself such as hobbies, volunteerism, favorite foods or activities, accomplishments inside or outside of work.
Although animal nutrition is my passion, without sports I might go mad. Any sport will do: running, rugby, cycling, climbing, cricket, sailing, swimming, skiing, squash, tennis, even ultimate Frisbee.