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Cargill Protein Business Operations and Supply Chain Rotational Associate 2021 in Wichita, Kansas

Early Careers at Cargill:

From day one, you will be an integral part of the team. You will have the opportunity to build specific skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable you to transition to various roles within Cargill. We pride ourselves on having one of the most diverse career trajectories in the industry. As a Rotational Associate, you will collaborate and build relationships with colleagues and clients who represent diverse work, culture and resolution styles. At Cargill we look for people who want to grow, support, think and produce. You've got big plans. We can help you pursue them.

Protein Business Operations & Supply Chain Rotational Associate Position:

The Protein Business Operations & Supply Chain Rotational Program is a two-year rotational program within Cargill Protein North America, with 1 year spent in an Operations role at a plant location, and 1 year spent in a Supply Chain role at either a plant location, or Protein headquarters in Wichita, KS. This unique program provides the opportunity to gain training, experience, and exposure to both Operations and Supply Chain. In this program, you will focus on developing the key skills and capabilities early in your career that are critical for future leaders within Business Operations and Supply Chain at Cargill. Participants will receive real, immediately impactful, and diverse experiences in each rotation. You will have the opportunity to explore and determine your passion in a world-class Business Operations & Supply Chain (BOSC) organization, while having a dedicated support system to ensure you are reaching your full potential.

  • Plant Operations: The 1 year spent in an Operations role is a training opportunity that will prepare you for a plant Operations Supervisor role at the conclusion of the program. It enables you to become familiar with the workflow of plant operations, giving you the opportunity to learn and shadow across various plant teams and departments. The duration of the training and time spent in each department will vary based on the business needs and previous experience. Primary training could include:

  • Operations

  • Shipping/Receiving

  • Warehouse

  • Food Safety Quality & Regulatory (FSQR)

  • Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS)

  • Engineering/Maintenance

  • Continuous Improvement

  • Human Resources/Talent Management/Employee Relations

  • Accounting

  • Plant Operations Environment: This role requires the associate to learn about the business through performing critical tasks executed within the production environment that will involve physical activity in our protein processing facilities. This generally requires a moderate amount of physical exertion on a fairly regular basis. The work may also involve other conditions or exposures (i.e. heat, cold, wet environments, etc.). Depending on the business, this role will require occasional shifts including 2nd and 3rd shift hours.

  • Potential Business Area:

  • Beef Processing

  • Poultry Processing

  • Egg Processing

  • Cooked Further Processing

  • Supply Chain: The 1 year spent in a Supply Chain role is a training opportunity that will give you exposure to the many different areas of Cargill Protein’s complex Supply Chain. This rotation will give you hands-on exposure and ownership within one of our Supply Chain roles, and also provide opportunities to shadow and gain exposure across other Supply Chain teams as well. During the supply chain rotation, you will tackle real challenges, cultivate your curiosity, have client exposure, enjoy both personal and team accomplishments, and have your initiative acknowledged along the way. Supply Chain teams you could have exposure to include:

  • Demand Planning

  • Supply Planning

  • Scheduling & Production Planning

  • Data & Analytics

  • Warehouse & Inventory Management

  • Materials Management

  • Merchandising

  • Customer Replenishment & Account Management

Rotational Associate Program Benefits:

  • Highly impactful rotations in both Operations and Supply Chain with opportunity to own your work, influence others, and drive innovation.

  • Competitive paid time off in addition to company holidays.

  • Cargill offers relocation benefits to associates who qualify (based on mileage).

  • Associates are eligible for comprehensive health care plans and incentives.

  • Tuition reimbursement benefits are offered to associates who wish to continue their education in their career field.

  • Associates are offered competitive retirement benefits.

  • As employees, Rotational Associates receive access to Cargill volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off to participate in volunteer activities.

Professional Networks:

We promote a culture that celebrates differences. This is a reflection of the clients we serve and generates intellectually diverse employees. Cargill’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs) help us embrace our diversity, make our culture more inclusive and leverage our employees’ unique 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

  • Cargill Women’s Network

Job Location & Timing:

  • During the 1 year in Operations, Associates will be located at one of the 35+ plant locations across North America. Must be open to relocation.

  • During the 1 year in Supply Chain, Associates will be located at one of the 35+ plant locations across North America, or at Protein headquarters in Wichita, KS. Must be open to relocation.

  • The Protein Business Operations & Supply Chain Rotational program will begin in January or June of 2021, based on graduation date.


  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program in supply chain, operations management, procurement, statistics, mathematics, engineering, MIS, or other related agriculture/business disciplines, graduating between Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

  • 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

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures

  • Willing and able to relocate

  • Ability to contribute, both as part of a team and individually

  • Strong communication skills – written and oral

  • Willingness to work 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts and weekends should the occasional need arise (During Plant Operations rotation only)


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Previous internship or work-related experience

  • Ability to demonstrate a strong aptitude for business

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions independently

  • Strong prioritization and problem solving skills, collaboration skills, verbal and written communication skills, and information research and gathering skills

About Cargill Protein North America:

Cargill's North America protein business produces fresh, frozen and cooked beef, turkey, pork, chicken and egg protein offerings, sauces, soups, case ready products, pet treats and by-products for our retail, foodservice and food ingredient customers. Located in America's agricultural heartland, Cargill Protein – North America's Wichita, Kansas, headquarters provides a central location from which domestic and international customers are served.

As a customer-centric organization, it focuses its wealth of business expertise and capabilities, innovation, research and development, consumer insights and product support to deliver protein solutions that offer distinct value to help its customers grow. Protein – North America also focuses on product quality, employee safety, food safety, animal wellbeing, environmental impact, improved sustainability and community engagement as it strives to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.

Protein – North America has a diverse 28,000-member team and operates approximately 60 protein facilities, distribution centers, feed mills, hatcheries, and an innovation center in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to maintaining international sales offices.

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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability status.

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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