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Cargill Laboratory Associate in Iowa Falls, Iowa

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 agricultural supply chain business, where we seamlessly connect farming customers with food, feed and industry.


The Laboratory Technician Specialist I will provide general quality assurance and food safety technical support in the following areas of focus: testing, data collection and analysis, process documentation, and supporting knowledge transfer. You will work alongside a supervisor. Food/cultivate safety and quality assurance duties typically follow a day-to-day routine with little variation, in each of the focus areas.


  • Assists scientists or technicians by collecting and preparing samples, carrying out experiments, and making measurements with scientific equipment.

  • Provides nontechnical or basic technical support to laboratory personnel, including conducting quality checks on finished products, assisting in auditing laboratory results, handling specification changes, and maintaining customer specifications books up-to-date.

  • Follows compliance programs which include monitoring adherence to USDA food safety regulations and other procedural compliance and operational and preoperational verification procedures as outlined for food safety.

  • Attend audits and help prepare required documents, ensuring all documentation is complete, current, and verified to inform production management decisions.

  • Provide basic specification training as required, prepare and file customer claims, and build/amend the specification manual as required.

  • You will work under the direct supervision and handle basic issues and problems while referring more complex issues to higher-level staff.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience

  • Intermediate knowledge computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Outlook.

  • Basic knowledge of computers including Microsoft.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

  • Food industry/meat cuts (beef and pork) knowledge.

  • Other minimum qualifications may apply


  • Food processing or manufacturing experience

  • Previous experience with pumps, boiler, evaporator equipment

  • Previous experience with project management

  • Previous experience with SAP

  • Four year technical degree


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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US Employment Resources: Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.