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Formulation Specialist - pet food

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Job ID OLA00155 Date posted 11/17/2020 Location : Olathe, Kansas | 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 animal nutrition and health business, where we improve lives through better nutrition. Our team researches, innovates and creates solutions that deliver healthy results for our customers.  

Are you passionate about formulation? We are looking for a Formulation Specialist responsible for optimizing and preparing pet food formulas for production. You will use least cost formulation software to efficiently balance technical constraints, ingredient costs and raw material quality and availability according to supply and demand plans. At this level, you will work in a collaborative environment under general supervision with support and professional development opportunities from a team of dedicated professionals. If you are looking for a place to learn and grow, join our team!


  • Independently formulate and ensure that products are manufactured in accordance with applicable requirements and specifications.

  • Update formulation software with pertinent raw material and product data required for accurate and efficient formulation.

  • Plan and optimize production within the framework of logistics and orders, that optimizes production capacity in accordance with order flow and priority.

  • Ensure a close collaboration with operations, quality, nutrition technology and continuous improvement colleagues to achieve efficient and effective execution and high customer satisfaction.

  • Contribute to a safe and secure workplace for oneself and colleagues taking an active part in improvements and proper behavior related to Health and Safety.

  • Participate in Accelerated Continuous Improvement projects that aim to improve the way we work within formulation and across functions.

  • Independently solve moderately complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.

  • Other duties as assigned

If selected for an interview you will be required to submit your past two performance reviews.

This position is posted internally as well as externally.

Relocation will not be required for this position.  Job activities can be performed remotely from US and Canada.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Three or more years of pet food formulation experience.
  • Experience using formulation software.
  • Academic or work sponsored education in Pet Food Nutrition.
  • Five or more years of pet food formulation experience.
  • Leadership, mentoring or training experience.
  • Able to work independently and connect virtually with team members and cross functional contacts.
  • Good analytical skills for dealing with complex situations and good communication skills.
  • Strong ability to influence internal and external partners.
  • Commercial and business mindset and a strong interest in animal nutrition.
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