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Food Scientist

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Job ID 141882 Date posted 10/08/2021 Location : Wichita, Kansas

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.

Job Purpose and Impact

Do you have a passion for working as a Food Scientist? Want to work for a global company that values excellence? Would you love working in a hardworking team of dedicated professionals? We are looking for someone like you. The Food Scientist will coordinate, align and innovate through exploration, development and implementation of new and existing products. We seek an experienced professional to provide technical expertise to new product development for product line growth and technology/process development for the creation of new capabilities. In this role, you will identify and implement technical solutions to meet business goals.

Key Accountabilities

  • Identify product growth and new product opportunities.
  • Analyze and interpret market data to take advantage of opportunities and minimize adverse trends.
  • Stay abreast of current literature and analytical advancements.
  • Provide technical guidance and leadership on products, process development and improvement, quality systems, and regulatory oversight.
  • Partner and stay connected with cross-functional teams (marketing, insights, sales, ops, food safety quality and regulatory).
  • Provide findings and analysis with insights, research and commercial brand to develop short and long-term testing programs for experimental and commercial products and hybrids.
  • Collaborate and build partnership with sales, business management, and marketing partners to identify customer needs and translate these into new product development opportunities.
  • Independently solve moderately complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (Food Science, Animal Science, or Meat Science) or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of two years of related work experience
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Two or more years combined professional experience in the following areas: protein formulation development, ingredient functionality and product commercialization.
  • Able and willing to travel up to 30%
  • Able and willing to work in a cold environment and lift up to 30 lbs.


  • Master's degree or other post-secondary degree
  • Tech-savvy and comfortable with evolving business-critical technology
  • Strategic thinker with ability to build effective plans to support strategic initiatives
  • Operations experience
  • Experience working successfully in a matrixed organization
  • Experience in beef product development or beef processing
  • Proven customer interaction experience
  • Skills in project management
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment

Position Information

The business will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position. 

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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