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Protein Business Operations and Supply Chain Rotational Associate 2022

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Job ID 132517 Date posted 07/19/2021 Location : Fresno, California | Wichita, Kansas | Fort Worth, Texas | Dayton, Virginia | Springdale, Arkansas

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.

Early Careers at Cargill:

From day one, you will be an important part of the team and build specific skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable you to transition to various roles. 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. We look for people who want to grow, support, think and produce. You've got big plans. We can help you pursue them!

Protein Business Operations & Supply Chain Rotational Associate Position:

The Protein Business Operations & Supply Chain Rotational Program is a two-year rotational program within Protein North America, with one year spent in an Operations role at a plant location and one year spent in a Supply Chain role at either a plant location, or Protein headquarters in Wichita, KS. This outstanding program provides training, experience, and exposure to both Operations and Supply Chain. Associates will focus on developing the key skills and capabilities early in their careers that are critical for future leaders and will receive real, immediately impactful, and diverse experiences in each rotation. Associates will have the opportunity to explore and develop their passions in an outstanding organization, while having a dedicated support system to ensure they are reaching their full potential.

Plant Operations:

The year spent in an Operations role will prepare the associate for a Plant Operations Supervisor role at the conclusion of the program. They will become familiar with the workflow of plant operations and learn and shadow across various plant teams and departments. The duration of the training and time spent in each department will vary based on the business needs and previous experience. Primary training could include:

  • Operations
  • Shipping/Receiving
  • Warehouse
  • Food Safety Quality & Regulatory
  • Environmental, Health & Safety
  • Engineering
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting

Plant Operations Environment:

This role allows the associate to learn about the business by performing critical tasks within the production environment in our protein processing facilities. This generally requires a moderate amount of physical exertion on a fairly regular basis. The work may also involve other conditions or exposures (i.e. heat, cold, wet environments, etc.). This role may require occasional shifts including 2nd and 3rd shift and weekend hours.

  • Potential Business Area: Beef Processing, Poultry Processing, Egg Processing, or Cooked Further Processing

Supply Chain:

The year spent in a Supply Chain role is a training opportunity that will give the associate exposure to the many different areas of Protein’s sophisticated Supply Chain. This rotation will provide hands-on exposure and ownership within one of our Supply Chain roles, and also allow opportunities to shadow and gain exposure across other teams. During this rotation, associates will tackle real challenges, cultivate curiosity, have client exposure, enjoy both personal and team accomplishments, and have their innovations acknowledged along the way. Associates could have exposure to any of these Supply Chain teams:

  • Demand Planning
  • Supply Planning
  • Scheduling & Production Planning
  • Data & Analytics
  • Warehouse & Inventory Management
  • Materials Management
  • Merchandising
  • Customer Replenishment & Account Management

Rotational Associate Program Benefits:

  • Highly impactful rotations with opportunity to own your work, influence others, and drive innovation
  • Competitive paid time off and paid company holidays
  • Relocation benefits are available to those who qualify (based on mileage)
  • Comprehensive health care plans and incentives
  • Tuition reimbursement benefits are offered to associates who wish to continue their education in their career field
  • Competitive retirement benefits
  • Access to our volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off to participate in volunteer activities.

Professional Networks:

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

Job Location & Timing:

  • Rotational Associates will be based at one of the 35+ plant locations across North America or our Protein Headquarters in Wichita, KS (Supply Chain Rotation only)
  • Relocation is possible during the 2 years in program.
  • The rotational program will begin in January or June of 2022, based on graduation date.

Required Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program in supply chain, operations management, procurement, statistics, mathematics, engineering, MIS, or other related agriculture/business fields, graduating between Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
  • 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
  • Willing and able to relocate
  • Ability to contribute, both as part of a team and individually
  • Strong communication skills – written and oral
  • Willingness to work 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts and weekends should the occasional need arise (During Plant Operations rotation only)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Previous internship or work-related experience
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong aptitude for business
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions independently
  • Strong prioritization and problem solving skills, collaboration skills, verbal and written communication skills, and information research and gathering skills

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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