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Cargill Ethanol / Refinery Food Safety and Quality Specialist in Fort Dodge, Iowa

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 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.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Ethanol / Refinery Food Safety and Quality Specialist will support team members with food safety and quality issues, provides a higher level of specialized knowledge of specific segments of our FSQR systems or plant processes to drive change and improve processes. We seek a multifaceted professional to collaborate with customers, regulators, suppliers, and other key internal and external partners to resolve issues. In this role, you will step in during incident management practices, assist facilities in the maintenance and execution of the Quality and Food Safety Management System, document management, complaint management and trending, and all compliance requirements.

Key Accountabilities

  • In-depth management of specific segments of quality management systems (i.e. food safety, instrumentation, computers, specific product lines or other quality systems, etc.), providing support for operations or other functional areas where needed.

  • Process monitoring, system improvement support, specialized testing, training, plant trials, auditing of systems and performance. May involve other Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers and Cargill facilities.

  • Contribute to closing of identified gaps at facilities to bring locations into compliance.

  • Help track monthly business metrics and develop a process to improve understanding of the health of the food safety and quality systems at each facility.

  • Define our customer complaint tracking and trending program, ensuring proper complaint follow-up, ensuring high priority complaints are dealt with urgently

  • Assist facilities with corrective actions related to product quality. Lead the investigation and follow-up of customer complaints.

  • Collaborate with plant managers and other facility leaders within a region to build and foster an effective food safety, quality and regulatory culture. Drive focus on corrective a preventative action implementation.

  • Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.

  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in science, chemistry, microbiology, quality assurance or other applicable field or equivalent experience.

  • Project management skills

  • Ability to make decisions under pressure

  • Leadership, motivational, and interpersonal effectiveness skills

  • Ability to translate and communicate analytical data and technical knowledge to technical and non-technical, internal, and external stakeholders.

  • Experience handling a large workload with multiple priorities.

  • Experience with food manufacturing environments.

  • Minimum of four years of related work experience

  • Able to travel when needed and work nights, weekends when necessary.


  • Master's degree in science, chemistry, microbiology, quality assurance, business, or another applicable field

  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

  • Laboratory knowledge, including Good Laboratory Practice and instrumentation

  • Minimum of eight or more years of working experience with four or more years in a technical related field.

  • Ability to balance and achieve positive results in the areas of food/refinery safety, quality, productivity, and cost.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

At Cargill, everyone matters and everyone counts. Cargill is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. As such and in alignment with our Guiding Principles, Cargill's long-standing equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, family status, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, union affiliation, or any other status protected by law.

Cargill also complies with all applicable national and local laws and regulations pertaining to non-discrimination and employment.

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