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Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Associate - Protein/Food Manufacturing (Multiple Locations)

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Job ID 227721 Date posted 08/11/2022 Location : Dayton, Virginia | Fort Worth, Texas | Marshall, Missouri | Nebraska City, Nebraska | Newnan, Georgia

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 154 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.


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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.

Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Associate - Protein/Food Manufacturing

As a Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory (FSQR) Associate, you will receive development and training to prepare you to take on roles of increased complexity across the FSQR job family at various locations across Cargill. As part of the FSQR Associate Program, Associates will go through an extensive on the job training program that enables them to become familiar with the workflow of the business operations, and to develop knowledge of processing production, including good manufacturing practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), food safety, quality, process control and regulatory compliance. Individuals will be assigned key projects and will be responsible for overseeing and managing several food safety and quality programs at the plant.  

As an FSQR Associate, you will gain an understanding of processing production with primary emphasis on monitoring the processing activities of the various departments within the facility. Associates will be trained in a number of areas to learn skills and gain knowledge necessary to succeed in a Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory leadership role. By starting your career as an FSQR Associate, you will be exposed to all facets of business operations through an in-depth general orientation. This is designed to teach the various aspects of the business prior to placement in a role that aligns the candidate with business needs. 

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Daily assessment of process quality parameters and food safety and quality systems, including raw materials, calibration, maintenance, procedures, food safety, training, auditing, and oversight of analytical testing performed in operations control rooms. 
  • Data analysis, trend identification, troubleshooting, corrective action and communication with regard to processing data, final product and wastewater.
  • Identify and resolve product quality problems and work with team members from various departments to ensure quality, food safety, and microbiological requirements are met. Write FSQR/Micro procedures, as needed. Complete facility and Processing Area FSQR Assessments, Sanitation Assessments, support and coordinate corrective action teams, as needed.
  • Provide back-up assistance for FSQR Professionals and Supervisor, Food Safety Specialist, or Microbiology Supervisor. Complete pre-shipment review and product clearances, as needed.
  • Maintain all manufacturing, safety, FSQR, Pre-requisite Programs (PRPs), and HACCP policies in production of products. Organize and maintain accurate and pertinent information to assure that processes and products are food safe. 
  • Coordinate and monitor FSQR audits/reviews of operational systems to include the following: FSQR/Microbiology Technician, operation/calibration of equipment, aseptic technique when sampling and completing microbiological testing, information management (SPC, Computer Data Entry into spreadsheets/databases).
  • Candidates will cross train in both FSQR and Micro functions. Must know technician duties well enough to assist in training needs and plant training programs for new FSQR /Micro employees to assure that employees performing tasks are capable and the requirements are being met. 
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

Work Environment:

  • Our FSQR 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. The work may also involve other exertions, conditions or exposures (i.e. heat, cold, working in a wet environment).  
  • Depending on the location, this role may require individuals to work different shifts including 2nd and 3rd shift hours. 
  • Our culture focuses on Safety, Employee Engagement, Inclusion, & Innovation. 

Job Locations:

  • Various plant locations across the U.S.  Relocation assistance is provided for those that qualify. 

  • Job Locations include:  Springdale, AK | Fresno, CA | Fort Morgan, CO | Newnan, GA | Mason City, IA | Dodge City, KS | Lake Odessa, MI | Big Lake, MN | Albert Lea, MN | Monticello, MN | Marshall, MO | California, MO | Nebraska City, NE | Columbus, NE | Schuyler, NE | Hazleton, PA | West Columbia, SC | Nashville, TN | Fort Worth, TX | Friona, TX | Round Rock, TX | Waco, TX | Dayton, VA | Timberville, VA | Milwaukee, WI 

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing or have recently graduated with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a technical science program (i.e. Animal Science, Meat Science, Food Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biology or a related technical science degree)
  • Graduating between May 2020 and Summer 2023
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • 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
  • 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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Willing and able to relocate to one of our plant locations listed above

  • Overall 3.0 GPA preferred out of a 4.0 scale 

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) 


Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time.  Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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