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Engineering Associate - 2024 - Protein / Turkey - Multiple U.S. Locations

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Job ID 272811 Date posted 08/14/2023 Location : Dayton, Virginia | Springdale, Arkansas

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

Your Role:
Connect to meaningful work. Feed the world. Achieve your higher purpose.
What if your ideas could nourish the world? As an associate, we transfer your knowledge and skills into profound experiences that positively impact our global community. From food to transportation, your innovative solutions, collaboration and dedication will evolve industries to take on tomorrow's greatest challenges. And that's just the beginning. Because when your skills meet our unrivaled network and breadth of opportunity, your career is without bounds. Join our community to realize the impact of your work, help people around the world, and connect with something greater.

Key Accountabilities

Engineering Associate: 
This position is part of Cargill’s Turkey Protein Business and will support a primary production facility in the United States. Engineering associates will lead production or maintenance employees, project teams, contractors, or technical operations teams executing on critical initiatives, and projects in a fast-paced, production environment. Although business processes vary, the design of the Engineer role is to provide appropriate exposure to the people management and technical aspects of engineering. The intent is to allow exposure to these aspects, while beginning to develop an interest for longer term career aspirations. Our Engineers will start in an Operations Leadership or Maintenance & Reliability Engineering role. What lies ahead is a career path that could include any of the following areas:

  • Production Management Engineers: Lead people, processes, and inputs/products in a plant environment. They will be involved in day-to-day direct supervision of operators and production activities and participate in daily production management meetings. Engineers will learn how to comprehend and handle all aspects of government regulations and compliance programs including environmental, health, safety, maintenance, and housekeeping. Production Management Engineers typically develop teams of production employees within the first two years of their careers and have responsibility for hiring, scheduling, motivating, and handling employee relation issues. They will also be involved in process optimization, equipment, and process reliability, and may run capital projects.
  • Environmental Engineers: Work with various teams, processes, and assets related to the effective operation of refrigeration, steam, freshwater distribution, hot water, and compressed air systems in a plant environment. As well as the operation of a large-scale Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and responsibility for the programs related to environmental compliance and regulatory permitting. They will be involved in the day-to-day supervision of operators and technicians, have responsibility over their daily work and planning activities. This could include weekly maintenance, capital projects, and process improvement.
  • Process/Project Engineering: Responsible for business case development, vendor selection, budget management, and project management responsibilities for major projects and improvements involving process optimization, safety, quality, infrastructure, and energy use. They have heavy involvement with various innovation processes, idea generation systems, and reliability centered design, and they help implement technical initiatives driven from global Process Development Groups, Centers of Excellence, and Research & Development.
  • Maintenance & Reliability Engineers: Engage teams, improve processes, and utilize assets related to the effective operation of facility production to ensure downtime and repair costs are minimal. Supervise specialized teams and work activities related to runtime. Lead short and long-term planning activities including weekly maintenance activities, capital projects, and process improvements utilizing tools such as: Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), 5S, and 5-Why to the prevention of equipment failures.]

Associate Program

Your Work Environment: 

  • Our Engineering roles are located in an industrial/processing plant environment. The plant environment is team-based, fast-paced, and hands-on. This position requires a moderate amount of physical exertion on a fairly regular basis; including bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, occasional lifting of object up to 50 pounds and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds. The work may also involve other exertions, conditions, or exposures (i.e. heat, cold, working in a wet environment, etc.).
  • Our culture focuses on Safety, Employee Engagement, Inclusion, & Innovation.
  • Depending on the location, this role may require individuals to work different shifts including 2nd and 3rd shift hours.  

Our Benefits:
No matter who you are or where you are, we’ve designed our plans and programs to meet your needs. We want to help you take care of what’s needed for today and offer protection to help with tomorrow’s what-ifs.  You’ll have access to a wide variety of flexible and inclusive programs to meet your health, financial, and work/life needs to support you and help you thrive. Eligible programs and incentives include: 

  • Paid holidays and floating holidays 
  • Paid time off 
  • Comprehensive health care plans
  • Short term and long-term incentives 
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing program
  • Digital Learning Library
  • Retirement plans 
  • Paid time to participate in volunteer and community outreach opportunities 
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • Relocation benefits for those that qualify

Our Vibrant Community:
At Cargill, you will be a part of our vibrant global community with a culture that celebrates diversity. This is a reflection of the clients we serve and generates an intellectually diverse set of employees. Business Resource Groups (BRGs) help us embrace our diversity, make our culture more inclusive, and enhance our employees’ outstanding talents and perspectives to benefit our organization and employees.

Our U.S. Business Resource Groups include: 
Asian Alliance Network, Cargill Young Professionals Network, Cargill Ability Network (iCAN), Cargill Ebony Council, Group Responsible for Orienting and Welcoming (GROW), Hispanic-Latino Council, Cargill Pride Network, Veterans & Military Support Network, and Cargill Women’s Network.

Job Locations:

  • Dayton, VA | Springdale, AR 


Required Qualifications:

  • Must meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program in any engineering discipline completed/to be completed between May 2022 – Summer 2024 or
    • An Associate’s Degree or Vocational/Trade School Degree or Certificate from an accredited program in any Engineering or Industrial Maintenance or Reliability related discipline completed/to be completed between May 2022 – Summer 2024 + two years of work experience or
    • Four years of relevant Engineering, Industrial Maintenance or Reliability, or related military experience
  • Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be open to working in a plant environment
  • Candidates must be geographically flexible and willing to relocate for an associate position opportunity to one of the following locations: Dayton, VA or Springdale, AR
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays with advance notice 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous plant, production, co-op, or intern experience
  • Ability to relate technical knowledge to job-related duties
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions independently
  • Strong leadership and technical skills
  • Demonstrated ability of collaboration, communication, motivation, interpersonal effectiveness, teamwork, and successful completion of work
  • Proven written and oral communication skills

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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