Cargill Food Safety Quality Specialist I in Eddyville, Iowa

Food Safety Quality Specialist I

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Position purpose

A Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory (FSQR) Specialist I is responsible for providing specialized knowledge of specific segments of our FSQR systems and/or plant processes. Examples of specialization include: food safety and quality auditing, instrumentation, specific product line knowledge, computers systems (data management), management and/or oversight of suppliers or external manufacturing facilities and other needed focus areas. This position is responsible for ensuring that all products are produced in a food safe and quality manner, managing both in process and finished product activities as well as laboratory release of all finished product data. This position may be directly tied to production area(s) providing support for specialized testing, input to process management, plant trials, pest control and/or sanitation. The process support includes broad encompassing areas such as: design of experiments, evaluation of new equipment, coordination of projects, training of operations as well as auditing of process performance and systems, food safety risk assessment, calibration and/or development of new instrumentation or computer systems. This position may be involved in preparation and participation in customer audits. FSQR Specialist I may supervise one or more interns, lab technicians, chemist I or FSQR Chemist II.

Principal Responsibilities

35% 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.

30% Process monitoring, system improvement support, specialized testing, training, plant trials, auditing of systems and performance.

25% Customer/supplier/co-manufacturer interaction, presentations, response to audits and issues, enterprise and local execution of best practice initiatives.

10% Miscellaneous job related duties i.e. supervision of interns, FSQ technicians, chemists I/II, recruiting, operations, or supervisory support.



  • Bachelor’s degree in sciences field and minimum 3 year FSQR Experience OR 7 years of FSQR Experience

  • Able to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends

  • Able to travel when needed up to 5%.

Abilities / Success Factors

  • Ability to effectively communicate with diverse groups of people with varying levels of education.

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

  • Demonstrated technical and leadership skills.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Able to adapt to changing priorities

  • Ability to speak candidly and provide constructive feedback.

  • Ability to maintain high standards despite team’s competing priorities.

  • Self motivated.


  • Project management skills.

  • Self-motivated.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or BioChemistry

  • Minimum 1 year’s Supervisory experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions to solve problems in a timely fashion.

  • Consistent high level of performance and ability to meet deadlines.

  • Previous experience with quality systems including knowledge of food safety and HACCP systems.

  • Experience interacting with internal and external customers.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills including courage, conviction, and integrity.

  • Knowledge and experience in the production of caustic, HCL and bleach.

  • Computer application experience with SAP.

  • Strong Chemistry base and knowledge of analytical methods and instrumentation including chromatography techniques such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), IC, ICP and Gas Chromatography (GC).

  • Knowledge of Quality Management systems and plant processes.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Quality Assurance/Food Safety

Primary Location US-IA-Eddyville

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: EDD01315