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Cattle Procurement Associate 2021

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Job ID UNI05921 Date posted 08/06/2020 Location : Dodge City, Kansas
Early Careers at Cargill: 
From day one, you will be an integral part of the team. You will have the opportunity to build specific skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable you to transition to various roles within Cargill. We pride ourselves on having one of the most diverse career trajectories in the industry. As an associate, you will collaborate and build relationships with colleagues and clients who represent diverse work, culture and resolution styles. At Cargill we look for people who want to grow, support, think and produce. You've got big plans. We can help you pursue them. 
Cattle Procurement Associate Position:   
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.   Associates will be trained in a number of areas to learn skills and gain knowledge necessary to succeed in a procurement leadership role.  After training the associate will be placed in a territory that will be theirs to manage.  In this territory they will purchase grain fed cattle to be sent to one of Cargill’s harvest facilities.    
As an Associate, you to understand meat processing production, including process flow, yields, variances, USDA 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 HR practices.  By starting your career as a Procurement Management Associate, you will be exposed to all facets of meat processing operations through an in-depth general orientation. The training is designed to teach the various aspects of the business prior to placement in a role that aligns the candidate with business needs.  
Potential Business Areas:  
  • Cargill Beef:  As an Associate, you will be exposed to a number of disciplines that will give you the necessary tools to effectively schedule daily production, maintain a live inventory, and purchase grain fed cattle from various producers.  

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.).  
Principal Accountabilities:  
  • Timely communication to producers and fellow Cargill employees involved with trading, transporting, harvesting and payment of cattle 
  • Manage 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  


Associate Program Benefits: 
  • Cargill offers relocation benefits to associates who qualify (based on mileage). 
  • Associates are eligible for comprehensive health care plans and incentives.  
  • Tuition reimbursement benefits are offered to associates who wish to continue their education in their career field.  
  • Associates are offered competitive retirement plans and registration assistance.  
  • As employees, associates receive access to Cargill volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off to participate in volunteer activities.   


Professional Networks: 
We promote a culture that celebrates differences. This is a reflection of the clients we serve and generates intellectually diverse employees. Cargill’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs) help us embrace our diversity, make our culture more inclusive and leverage our employees’ unique 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
  • Cargill Women’s Network 

Job Locations: 

  • Dodge City, KS 

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in agriculture, business, economics, or related degrees, graduating between December 2020 and May 2021 
  • Basic understanding of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and live cattle trading activites
  • Demonstrated strong negotiation skills
  • A desire and willingness to work around and with livestock producers
  • Demonstrated strong conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Willing and able to relocate
  • Ability to contribute, both as part of a team and individually 
  • Strong communication skills – written and oral

  • Overall 3.0 GPA preferred  
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)  

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. 

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