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Protein Business Operations and Supply Chain Rotational Associate

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Job ID 152434 Date posted 09/22/2021 Location : Guelph, Canada | London, Canada

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.


Position Application

All candidates must complete Cargill’s online application prior to interviewing. Below you will find a link that will direct you to complete the application for this position. To be considered for employment with Cargill, you must apply online and complete the entire application process, along with an e-signature. Please complete your application as soon as possible.

Please note, applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with the possibility of filling the role before the application deadline. Please submit your application as soon as possible, so it may be reviewed to be considered for the position.

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 a Rotational 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.

Protein Business Operations & Supply Chain Rotational Associate Position

The Protein Business Operations & Supply Chain Rotational Program is a two-year rotational program within Cargill Protein North America, with 1 year spent in an Operations role and 1 year spent in a Supply Chain role at one of our plant locations. This unique program provides the opportunity to gain training, experience, and exposure to both Operations and Supply Chain. In this program, you will focus on developing the key skills and capabilities early in your career that are critical for future leaders within Business Operations and Supply Chain at Cargill. Participants will receive real, immediately impactful, and diverse experiences in each rotation. You will have the opportunity to explore and determine your passion in a world-class BOSC organization, while having a dedicated support system to ensure you are reaching your full potential.

Plant Operations

The 1 year spent in an Operations role is a training opportunity that will prepare you for a plant Operations Supervisor role at the conclusion of the program. It enables you to become familiar with the workflow of plant operations, giving you the opportunity to 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 (FSQR)
    • Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS)
    • Engineering/Maintenance
    • Continuous Improvement
    • Human Resources/Talent Management/Employee Relations
    • Accounting

Plant Operations Environment: This role requires the associate to learn about the business through performing critical tasks executed within the production environment that will involve physical activity 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.). Depending on the business, this role will require occasional shifts including 2nd and 3rd shift hours, and Saturdays.

Supply Chain

The 1 year spent in a Supply Chain role is a training opportunity that will give you exposure to the many different areas of Cargill Protein’s complex Supply Chain. This rotation will give you hands-on exposure and ownership within one of our Supply Chain roles, and also provide opportunities to shadow and gain exposure across other Supply Chain teams as well. During the supply chain rotation, you will tackle real challenges, cultivate your curiosity, have client exposure, enjoy both personal and team accomplishments, and have your initiative acknowledged along the way.  Supply Chain teams you could have exposure to include:

    • 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 in both Operations and Supply Chain with opportunity to own your work, influence others, and drive innovation.
  • Competitive paid time off in addition to company holidays.
  • 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 benefits.
  • As employees, Rotational Associates receive access to Cargill volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off to participate in volunteer activities. 

Location and Timing

  • London, ON
  • Guelph, ON
  • The Protein Business Operations & Supply Chain Rotational programwill begin in January or May of 2022, based on graduation date.

Potential Business Area:

  • Beef Processing
  • Poultry Processing

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 disciplines, graduating between Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
  • Must be legally entitled to work for Cargill in Canada 
  • Proven ability to work effectively with individuals from a diverse group of backgrounds and cultures
  • 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 need arise

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Previous internship or work-related experience
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong aptitude for business
  • Demonstrated 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

About Cargill Protein North America

Cargill's North America protein business produces fresh, frozen and cooked beef, turkey, pork, chicken and egg protein offerings, sauces, soups, case ready products, pet treats and by-products for our retail, foodservice and food ingredient customers.

As a customer-centric organization, it focuses its wealth of business expertise and capabilities, innovation, research and development, consumer insights and product support to deliver protein solutions that offer distinct value to help its customers grow. Protein – North America also focuses on product quality, employee safety, inclusion, and diversity, food safety, animal wellbeing, environmental impact, improved sustainability and community engagement as it strives to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.  

Protein – North America has a diverse 28,000-member team and operates approximately 60 protein facilities, distribution centers, feed mills, hatcheries, and an innovation center in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to maintaining international sales offices.


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