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Cattle Procurement Associate

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Job ID 274401 Date posted 08/21/2023 Location : High River, Canada Category  SALES Job Status  Salaried Full Time

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s protein and salt business, where we provide wholesome, high-quality food products to a wide range of customers, from foodservice operators and grocery stores to manufacturers and exporters.


Position Application:

To be considered for employment, candidates must apply online and complete the entire application. Complete applications are required prior to participating in an interview process. Click the link below to directly access the position application.

Please note, applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with the possibility of filling the role before the application deadline. Please submit your application as soon as possible, so it may be reviewed to be considered for the position.

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 tackle 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 team to realize the impact of your work, help people around the world and connect with something greater!

Cattle Procurement Associate Position:

Associates will be trained in a number of areas to learn skills and gain knowledge vital to succeed in a procurement leadership role. After training, the associate will be placed in a territory that will be theirs to lead. In this territory they will purchase grain fed cattle to be sent to one of Cargill’s harvest facilities. 

The Cattle Procurement Associate role enables the individual to become familiar with the workflow of the operations, and to develop knowledge of meat processing production, including food safety and overall production management.

As an Associate, you will understand meat processing production, including process flow, yields, variances, CFIA regulations and requirements, accounting, and information technologies. This position will also receive additional training in people leadership skills, OSHA requirements, ergonomics and safety training, HACCP, good manufacturing practices, coaching, and Human Resources practices. You will be exposed to all facets of the plant operations through an in-depth general orientation. The training is crafted to teach the various aspects of the business prior to placement in a role that aligns the candidate with business needs. 

You will be exposed to a number of fields that will give you the necessary tools to effectively schedule daily production, maintain a live inventory, and purchase grain fed cattle from various producers. 

Your Work:

  • Timely communication to producers and fellow employees involved with trading, transporting, harvesting and payment of cattle
  • Maintain relationships with producers in the associate’s territory
  • Accurately evaluate quality of cattle and enter estimates into procurement system
  • Collect key industry certifications and documentation from producers and verify producer information is accurately represented in the procurement system

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  
  • Supplementary health, dental, disability and life benefits package   
  • Competitive retirement plans and registration assistance  
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing program 
  • Digital Learning Library 
  • Access to volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off to participate in volunteer activities 
  • Tuition reimbursement benefits are offered to those who wish to continue their education in their career field. 
  • Relocation benefits are offered to those who qualify (based on mileage)   

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 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 Location and Environment:

  • High River, AB for the initial training location
  • Movement from an associate role to an experienced cattle procurement position will require additional relocation to an assigned territory
  • Plant and office setting 
  • Travel approximately 25% of the time 
  • This role involves physical activity in agricultural, food, and feed processing environments which generally requires a moderate amount of exertion on a fairly regular basis – involving bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, occasional lifting of objects weighing over 50 pounds and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds. The work may also involve other exertions, conditions or exposures (i.e. heat, cold, dust, etc.).

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be legally entitled to work for Cargill in Canada  
  • Currently pursuing or have recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in Agriculture, Business, Economics, Finance or related degree with graduation dates between December 2023 and August 2024 
  • Willing and able to relocate anywhere in Canada for assigned territory
  • Basic understanding of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and live cattle trading activities 
  • Strong negotiation skills 
  • A desire and willingness to work around and with livestock producers 
  • Demonstrated strong conflict resolutions skills 
  • Ability to hand multiple priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment 
  • Ability to work optimally with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and cultures 
  • Ability to contribute, both as part of a team and individually  
  • Strong communication skills – written and oral 


Cargill is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing accommodation to our job applicants with disabilities.

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