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Production Operator

Buffalo, Iowa

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Cargill operates some of the most technologically advanced production plants in the world. We need dependable, efficient, safety-minded individuals to join our team. General Operators are vital to our daily operations. Examples of roles include preparing meat to be cooked, palletizing boxed product, administration work, using scanners and computers to track product, and verifying quality and accuracy. Please note, specific roles will vary greatly by plant and location. Safety is always our number one priority, and no matter your experience level, we'll train you for success. Your work in our plants can help you grow both personally and professionally. Discover how your work can nourish the world and help you thrive.

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  • Safety
  • Productive
  • Hardworking
  • Multi-tasker
  • Motivated
  • Responsible
  • Team player
  • Proactive
  • Focused
  • Efficient

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What I like about Cargill's safety procedures is that they're really easy to follow and they've become a really big part of our culture here.”

Rachel G., QA Food Safety Support

I've worked at several different plants, and I feel Cargill listens and cares for everyone's safety. I feel like safety is there main focus with employees. They've provided me with ESL classes to take, and great discounts with gym memberships which gives me energy helps me focus day in and day out. I just love it here!”

Elisabeth C.

Cargill has change my life a lot! I feel like people really care about their employees. They have been very supportive with my life changes and have even given me an opportunity to move up. I'm now a safety lead at my table.”

Catherine V.

Here at Cargill, people treat me good, and I treat them good. Since I've been working here, I've been able to grow spiritually, and mentally. I've been able to gain confidence in wanting to move up in my position. Since I've been working here at Cargill, I've gotten married, and thankful that I can support me and my beautiful wife.”

Marvin S.

Production Operator

Job ID BUF00133 Date posted 10/16/2020
This full-time position is located in Buffalo, Iowa; however please expect receiving calls from a 952 area code in case you are considered. Relocation assistance is not provided. 

The Production Operator position entails performing tasks in the bagging and shipping/receiving area to ensure proper production, loading and shipping of packaged salt products. This includes operating packing equipment, driving a forklift for the transfer of palletized product for storage and loading within the warehouse and shipping areas. General cleanup duties in the warehouse and shipping areas are required.

• Safely and efficiently operate equipment at site, including but not limited to bagging machines, shipping computers, and pallet inverters.
• Safely operate motorized vehicles used to move or lift products, equipment, or materials within and around plant.
• Operate computers to check work orders/schedule, print shipping paperwork and labels.
• Comply with corporate policies and procedures related to Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Feed Safety risks associated with products
• Support a culture of zero fatality, injury and illness.
• Understand and proactively avoid environmental impact and potential risk to the businesses.
• Perform general tasks around plant with minimal supervision.
• No relocation assistance is provided.


• 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.
• Cargill requires employees be a minimum of 18 years old to work in a production facility.
• Must have a valid Driver’s License
• Ability to read, write, and speak English
• Willing and able to work overtime, weekends, and holidays, with limited notice
• Experienced in the use of computers.
• Must be able to work under special work conditions, such as extreme heat or cold.
• Be physically able to perform the job duties including bending, stooping, shoveling, sweeping, pounding with hammers, climbing stairs and ladders, opening and closing valves, and extended driving/riding/maneuvering of forklifts.
• Lifting of product and tools up to 50 lbs. at various heights. This can be a frequent requirement depending on need.
• Must be able to operate machinery
• Forklift Certified
• At least 1 year of experience in production related work

Preferred Qualifications:

• High School diploma or Equivalent
• Ability to operate machinery
• Basic computer operation skills 
• Experience operating and troubleshooting industrial equipment (ex., packaging machinery, etc.)
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and in a positive manner

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