Join our Talent Community
Interested in working at Cargill but don’t see a job that matches your skills? Join our Talent Community and you could be contacted about future job openings and receive latest news from Cargill.
FSQ Chemist IIApply Now
FSQ Chemist II
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 155,000 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.
The Food Safety and Quality Chemist II is responsible for ensuring products meet or exceed customer requirements for quality and food safety, as well as, developing an in depth understanding of specific processes for Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory (FSQR) systems. This role will provide focused expertise across multiple areas which include food safety, process management, data management, quality systems, analytics, instrumentation, and final product management. This role leads and contributes to facility and business objectives such as experiment designs, new equipment evaluation, process initiatives, and training. This role supports food safety and quality issues, which includes leading root cause analysis and sustainable corrective action implementation. This role’s main interactions will be with internal stakeholders at their facility and external stakeholders including customers, regulators and suppliers. Additionally, this role will support other salt facilities as resource needs are identified by the business which includes being able to travel to these other locations.
30% Perform Prevention Activities and Issue Resolution * Performs daily assessment of process quality systems and FSQR systems including cross checks, raw materials, calibration, maintenance, procedures, food safety, and training. Applies HAACP to identify & control food safety hazards. * Monitors regulatory activities, plant compliance with regulatory food/feed safety & sanitation standards and acts as a liaison for the business with external regulatory authorities. * Acts as an interface between our customers and the facility to review product performance, conduct quality and food/feed safety audits, review 3rd party certifications and respond to customer questions and complaints. * Proactively identifies and anticipates potential risk and acts to prevent food/feed safety and quality issues. * Basic Risk Assessment - Conducts and communicates the results of a scientific evaluation of the known or potential adverse health effects resulting from human or animal exposure to food borne hazards * Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action – Finding the true cause(s) of events, identifying and implementing corrective actions, assessing the effectiveness of corrective actions, and preventing recurrence of the events. * Identifies & addresses basic supplier quality issues. 30% Develop, Implement and Assess Process and Systems * Performs and supports process improvement projects, specialized testing, training, auditing of systems, data analysis, trend identification, troubleshooting, corrective action, and communication regarding processing data, final product, and wastewater. * Develops and modifies FSQR procedures and documents. * Assists with recruiting and interviewing of new employees and assisting other locations with process startups and projects. * Provides input to location leaders related to base and non-base capital expenditures necessary for achieving/maintaining industry leadership position in the food/feed safety and quality areas. * Basic Training - Delivers intermediate learning solutions that engage leaners and provides desired outcomes. * Customer Specifications Management - Interfaces effectively with customers; ensures products meet customer specifications; answers questions & solves customer problems. * Managing and Improving Processes - Delivers intermediate processing that are aligned, effective & optimize Cargill resource. 20% Collect and Analyze Data, Document Results * Ensures test data is documented accurately and in compliance with Cargill and customer specifications prior to final product approval. * Auditing/Compliance - Applies auditing and quality compliance to identify and manage risks. * Stays up-to-date and ensures compliance with food laws and regulations. 20% Shape Food/Feed Safety, Quality and Regulatory Culture * Interfaces cross functionally within a location to build and maintain an effective food safety, quality and regulatory culture. * Collaborates with FSQR peers across the business group. Acts as a liaison between customer and operations to ensure the customer’s quality standards and expectations are met. * Training of new FSQR chemists, analysts, operators, technicians and personnel from other functional areas. Promotes the development of food safety mentality/ culture. * Applies FSQR policy & standards to enhance food safety & quality.
Minimum Required Qualifications
* Bachelor’s Degree (± 16 years education) in science, chemistry, microbiology, quality assurance or other applicable field * 5 or more years of working experience with 3 or more years in a technical related field such as plant operations food safety and/or quality assurance * Ability to be mobile in location of work and the ability to travel, sometimes with little notice * Experience with food manufacturing environments, preferably in dry food processing * Experience interacting with external stakeholders (i.e. certifying bodies, suppliers, external manufacturers, customers, etc.) * Competency in applied sciences (physics, chemistry) and applied mathematics (statistics, algebra) * Ability to relate technical knowledge to solve complex testing and process problems * Ability to work independently * Ability to prioritize and manage a large workload with multiple priorities * Ability to translate and communicate analytical data to technical and non-technical people * Demonstrated ability of leadership, motivation, interpersonal effectiveness, teamwork and successful completion of work * Ability to make decisions under pressure * Computer proficiency (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Internet, etc.) * Strong communication skills in English (written and verbal) * Must have good time management skills and the ability to organize own work * Physical Activity: Light: Exerting up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 10 lbs. of force frequently * Able to travel when needed in a corporate short term and work nights, weekends when necessary. * Competencies: o Intermediate Project Management - Applies intermediate structured, disciplined approach to planning, administering and completing projects o Intermediate Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action – Finding the true cause(s) of events, identifying and implementing corrective actions, assessing the effectiveness of corrective actions, and preventing recurrence of the events o Basic Training - Delivers intermediate learning solutions that engage leaners and provides desired outcomes o Basic Scientific Knowledge - Applies basic scientific knowledge & principles to identify & manage risk o Basic Knowledge of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory (FSQR) Policies & Standards - Applies FSQR policy & standards to enhance food safety & quality o Basic Knowledge of Food Laws & Regulations - Stays up-to-date and ensures compliance with food laws and regulations o Basic Risk Assessment - Conducts and communicates the results of a scientific evaluation of the known or potential adverse health effects resulting from human or animal exposure to food borne hazards o Basic Auditing/Compliance - Applies intermediate auditing and quality compliance skills to identify and manage risks/compliance o Basic HAACP Knowledge/Implementation - Applies HAACP to identify & control food safety hazards o Basic Supplier Quality Assurance - Identifies & addresses basic supplier quality issues o Basic Customer Specifications Management - Interfaces effectively with customers; ensures products meet customer specifications; answers questions & solves customer problems o Basic Plant Manufacturing Knowledge - intermediate practical knowledge of manufacturing processes & operations o Basic Managing and Improving Processes - Delivers intermediate processing that are aligned, effective & optimize Cargill resources
* 8 or more years of working experience with 5 or more years in a technical related field such as plant operations food safety and/or quality assurance * Experience with food manufacturing environments, preferably in dry food processing * SAP, Archer or Enablon software experience * GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) experience or exposure * Statistical Process Control (SPC) experience * Competencies: o Intermediate Scientific Knowledge - Applies basic scientific knowledge & principles to identify & manage risk o Intermediate Training - Delivers intermediate learning solutions that engage leaners and provides desired outcomes o Intermediate Managing and Improving Processes - Delivers intermediate processing that are aligned, effective & optimize Cargill resources o Basic Business Acumen - Applies basic business acumen to partner effectively with business counterparts o Basic External Partnering - Builds basic relationships & negotiates effectively with external groups o Basic Lean Six Sigma – Collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation o Basic Incident Management – Effectively identify, analyze and correct hazards during an incident, which can be an urgent event o Basic Knowledge of Quality Standards & Quality Tools - Applies knowledge of quality standards and tools to enhance food safety and quality o Basic Product Information/Documentation - Prepares product information and documentation that meet regulatory compliance requirements. Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
Quality Assurance/Food Safety
US-OH-Akron, US-KS-Hutchinson, US-MI-Saint Clair, US-NY-Watkins Glen, US-OH-Cleveland
At Cargill, everyone matters and everyone counts. Cargill is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. As such and in alignment with our Guiding Principles, Cargill’s long-standing equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, family status, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, union affiliation, or any other status protected by law.
Cargill also complies with all applicable national and local laws and regulations pertaining to non-discrimination and employment.
U.S. Employment Resources: Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
How to request a reasonable accommodation
Read about Federal equal employment opportunity laws (PDF) and the supplement (PDF).
Pay Transparency (PDF)
Canada Employment Resources: Cargill is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing accommodation to our job applicants with disabilities.
How to request a reasonable accommodation