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FSQR Tech I - 1st Shift - Full Time - West Columbia, SC

Columbia, South Carolina

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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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Key Traits

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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.

FSQR Tech I - 1st Shift - Full Time - West Columbia, SC

Job ID COL01277 Date posted 02/23/2021
This is a full-time position is located in Columbia, SC. Please note you may receive calls from a 952 area code if you are considered for the position.


Note this position does not provide any type of relocation assistance.

Cargill Protein

Cargill Protein is the umbrella organization of Cargill’s North American beef, turkey, and food distribution businesses. Our businesses based in Wichita, Kansas, provide wholesome, high quality, nutritious and flavorful products to customers ranging from foodservice operators and grocery stores, to food manufacturers and export markets. These businesses employ more than 28,000 people in the US and Canada, who work at dozens of processing and support facilities.

Cargill Beef

At Cargill Beef, we know that our customers don’t just sell products; they sell the reputations behind those products. Our customers provide people with something that they crave and love and it’s a product that we love, too. And we understand how deeply the quality of our red meat connects to our customers’ reputations. After all, it’s our reputation, too. We have been innovating for the last 150 years to bring our partners new solutions that help nourish the world. We continue to aggressively pursue improvements and produce real results that impact not only our operations but our industry, employees and the world around us. By continuously improving our products, processes and services we are ensuring a better, more sustainable future for our employees, for our customers, for our communities and for our company. 

Position Purpose

FSQR Tech I : This position is responsible for monitoring and reporting plant quality issues to the proper person and providing support to maintain company Food Safety, Quality and Sanitation programs. This environment for this position is in cold, wet areas from 32˚F to 42˚F. The responsibilities include but are not limited to product and process monitoring and documentation, customer claims investigations and . Maintain, calibrate and utilize lab equipment. Attend all required personal safety and food safety training sessions. Assist in implementation of Food Safety and Quality related SOP’s regarding facility processes and ensure all plant employees and visitors understand and follow all relevant policies and procedures. Enter and maintain data in Excel, Outlook, Word and other specific software packages. Utilize knowledge to aid Production in problem solving issues. Self-manage assigned projects to meet deadlines. Obtain samples as required. Tag/Un-tag products as required. Check in ingredients, labels, and other materials. The descriptions are general guidelines of expectations and may not include all responsibilities of the position.

Principal Accountabilities

  • 60% Accurately perform and record monitoring activities and process verification and audits on receiving, manufacturing, packaging, storage, and shipping processes. Address, correct and document deviations in process or record keeping corrective action as required for process deviations or customer complaints in accordance with relevant programs and policies, including applicable regulations. 
  • 20% Monitor and enforce all plant specific and corporate food safety programs per the Cargill Policy Manual (CFSRA) and Global Food Safety Standard (BRC) such as “Good Hygiene Principles” (GHP’s), which includes but is not limited to proper PPE in processing areas, foreign material control and product adulteration prevention, air quality, sanitation, employee personal hygiene, pest control, chemical/packaging supplier program, transportation requirements, labeling program, cold chain management, traceability of packaging, processing materials, raw materials and finished products and the general maintenance of sanitary conditions throughout the facility. 
  • 20% Observe and ensure compliance of work area to regulatory standards. Maintain thorough knowledge of guidelines and procedures, record keeping, monitor plan-specific programs.

Required Qualifications

• High School Diploma or equivalent (GED/HSED acceptable) 
• Must be able to read, write and speak fluently in English
• Physical ability to perform monitoring and inspection activities which includes bending, kneeling, climbing ladders and stairs repeatedly throughout the shift, and lift up to 40 lbs. intermittently throughout the shift. 
• Basic math skills: read decimals to the hundredths, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and calculate percentages. Must also be able to read weights on a scale, calculate tares and read measurements using a ruler.
• Candidate must learn, understand and enforce relevant food safety policies and programs (HACCP, SSOP’s, GHP’s)
• Analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
• Keen sense of priorities – identifies what needs to be done and completes the tasks.
• Ability to manage conflict and communicate in a professional and respectful manner with personnel at all level of the organization and external visitors. 
• Weekend work required in this position; 6 days standard with 7 days as necessary. 
• Working conditions are in refrigerated areas with wet floors and moving equipment such as forklifts. Personal protective gear (hard hat, ear plugs, hairnets/beard nets, safety toe shoes, and safety glasses) must be worn at all times.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in and/or knowledge of Food Safety, HACCP/Regulatory Compliance, GMP’s, Quality Systems, Audits (BRC), Sanitation, Safe Food Handling 
• Working knowledge of Microsoft office software, with an emphasis on Excel and Word.
• Prior experience in Quality Assurance or Food Manufacturing

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