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Global Food Defense Specialist-WAY06271 – Wayzata, MN





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 150,000 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:

The position will be to develop and lead the implementation of Global Food Defense Strategies to protect Cargill’s products from acts of intentional adulteration/terrorism and in a collaborative partnership with Global Security provide support for Cargill’s Global Security initiatives.  Initial focus will be preparing our US FDA-registered facilities for the 2019 compliance date of the FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration Rule.  Conduct onsite visits and assessments to help educate, guide,a nd train Cargill facilities in the areas of food defense.  Engage with the US FDA in the implementation and enforcement of IA-related activities.  Coordinate food defense activities across multiple enterprises, globally, to achieve a common approach to acts of intentional adulteration within Cargill’s supply chain and develop best practices, processes, and training as appropriate.  Represent Cargill, externally, in key trade organizations to advance Cargill’s positions on emerging laws/regulations related to security and food defense-related matters.  Work with Global Security to develop relationships with key local, national, and international law enforcement authorities as appropriate.

Principal Responsibilities:

45% - Responsible for developing and maintaining a Global Food Defense Policy with a primary focus on preparing Cargill facilities for future regulations.  Serve as the primary global contact in providing appropriate interpretation, direction, and guidance to enterprises regarding regulatory compliance for food defense.  Work with internal and external security and food safety experts to develop positions, requirements, and processes to protect the food supply chain against acts of intentional adulteration and/or terrorism.

25% - Partner with Global Security in developing security policy, procedure, training and assessment tools related to food defense.  Support Global Security in the investigation of violations, or suspected violations of Global Food Defense Policy. Leverage Global Security knowledge and expertise in the area of physical security in training key personnel. 

20% - Participate in the regulatory groups and committees of global trade associations and other organizations to benchmark Cargill systems and processes and to develop contacts in science, academia, and government with the goal of shaping emerging regulations and advancing Cargill positions related to food defense and security

10% - Develop and provide training, both internal and externally, in the form of e-learning, webinars, in-person seminars, written updates, etc., on food defense and emerging, related regulations.


This position is posted internally as well as externally.




• 2 + years of experience in the food or related industry (e.g. pharmaceutical, personal care, etc.)

• Minimum Bachelors degree in a science field (Chemistry, Biology, Toxicology, Food Science, Microbiology, or related field)

• Ability to travel 15-20%

• Familiar with regulatory function and US FDA/USDA authority and structure

• Familiar with global regulatory landscape and/or function (e.g. EFSA, Health Canada, CODEX, etc.)

Other Requirements

• Working knowledge of the food industry

• Strong leadership skills and ability to lead change

• Strong project management skills

• Proficient written and verbal communication skills


• M.S. OR Ph.D. degree in a science or psychology-related field

• 5 + years of experience in the food or related industry (e.g. pharmaceutical, personal care, etc.)

• Experience and skills necessary for creating and delivering defense training

• Advanced experience in regulatory science with knowledge of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) – specifically, the FSMA Final Rule for Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration

• Experience in developing policies and/or risk assessments related to product security and/or food defense

• Solid interpersonal communication skills and navigating through regulatory ambiguity

• Law enforcement experience a plus.

 Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.


 Quality Assurance/Food Safety

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 Day Job


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