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Operations Management Associate 2023-Cargill Animal Nutrition (Multiple U.S. Locations)

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Job ID 224712 Date posted 08/08/2022 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

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.


Please Note

If you are also interested in an Operations Management Associate role in Protein/Food Manufacturing and/or Grain Handling, please look for job IDs: 224289 and/or 224304.

Across the United States; must be open to relocation.

Potential locations could include: Albany/Salem, NY; Emporia, KS; Mentone, IN, Owosso, MI

Your Role

Connect to meaningful work. Feed the world. Achieve your higher purpose.

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.

Operations Management Associate Position:

The Operations Management Associate will provide strategic operational support for production and operating facilities with a moderate degree of complexity. In this role, you will learn our business and execute our standards for safety, quality, operational effectiveness, and financial performance. During this time, you will get the support and inspiration you need to choose your own path in developing an exciting career with global impact.

Training Opportunities

During your time here, the path your training takes will be entirely up to you and may include:

  • Operations
  • Environmental, Health and Safety Leadership
  • Engineering/Maintenance
  • Accounting
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Human Resources/Talent Management/Employee Relations
  • And much more based on your areas of interest and/or business needs

Key Accountabilities

  • Focus on safety with knowledge of, or experience in, relevant environmental, health, and safety considerations in manufacturing settings. 
  • Ability to plan, develop, and execute on safety procedures, requirements, and trainings. 
  • Ability to lead root cause analysis and identify and execute corrective actions.
  • Quality advocate with ability to learn food safety, quality, and regulatory requirements. Ability to drive quality adherence using technology and performance dialogue.
  • Work collaboratively with customers to build relationships and provide high quality service, focusing on key stakeholder's feedback in order to unlock innovation and best practices via continuous improvement.
  • Learn manufacturing systems within animal feed production, with a passion for continuous improvement and planning, developing, and executing maintenance reliability strategies.
  • Committing to lean manufacturing principles while driving improvement via project and portfolio management.
  • Developer of talent who demonstrates Cargill leadership values with the ability to engage a team and drive results.
  • Plan, develop, and execute trainings in various areas of our business.
  • Manage and execute a budget, with the aptitude to identify and improve cost metrics.
  • Ability to learn accounting principles and generate revenue via manufacturing discipline.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Locations and Expectations

  • Plant setting
  • Occasional weekend and on-call duties

Our Benefits

No matter who you are or where you are, we’ve crafted 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 options for 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 completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree completed/to be completed between May 2021-Summer 2023.
  • 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 effectively with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and cultures
  • Willing and able to relocate
  • Ability to travel up to 25% for training and project management
  • Ability to temporarily relocate for first 30 days for consolidated on-site training.
  • Ability to contribute, both as part of a team and individually
  • Willingness to work 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts and weekends should the occasional need arise

Preferred Qualifications

  • High Learning Agility
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team
  • Pursuing or completed an agriculture, business-related degree, or engineering degree (including but not limited to Animal Science, Animal Nutrition, Ag-Economics, Ag-Business, Ag-Education, Agronomy, Feed Science, Food Science, Meat Science, Operations Management, Ag-Systems Management, Ag-Engineering, Supply Chain, Mechanized Systems Management, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Distribution).

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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