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Quality Technician - Owatonna, MN 55060




Quality Technician-OWA00069

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 160,000 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.


This full time position is located in Owatonna, MN; however please expect receiving calls from a 952 number in case you are considered. Relocation assistance is not provided.

This position is a 1st shift position, working Monday through Friday. Saturday work may be required on an as needed basis.

Job Purpose Responsible for providing general quality assurance and food/feed safety technical support in the following areas of focus: Testing and auditing process documentation, data collection and analysis, and supporting knowledge transfer. Typically works under general supervision.

Principal Accountabilities

- Perform Prevention Activities and Issue Resolution- Under general supervision, collects product/ ingredient samples
through the production process and does routine preparation for use by more senior team members in quality and food safety tests/trials.

  • Using pre-established criteria and procedures, conducts general tests/ trials/audits of finished and unfinished products, packaging, ingredients and raw materials to ensure food/feed safety and quality across a limited number of process areas.
  • Creates product samples with a high-level of accuracy, using well-defined formulas provided by more senior team

members. Typically involves a limited number steps and/or ingredients.

  • Provides assistance in customer/external audits with significant customers or with external agencies.

- Implement and Assess Process / Systems - Using pre-established criteria and procedures, provides routine technical support to the general assessment of quality assurance systems and equipment (e.g., calibration of equipment, testing of instrumentation).

  • Under general supervision, utilizes pre-established procedures for conducting maintenance and general upkeep on

laboratory/ testing equipment across a limited number of technologies.

  • Maintains pre-defined food/feed safety and quality programs and protocols within department. May make recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Under general supervision, manages inventory control and purchasing of limited supplies within predefined parameters. Responsible for stocking and restocking shelves.
  • Collect and Analyze Data, Document Results using pre-established procedures, documents/ logs general audit and test data/ results accurately and appropriately in the correct Information Management Systems. Requires no interpretation of data.
  • Organizes and maintains a limited variety of data (e.g., spreadsheets, graphs, logs and reports) according to pre-defined processes/ requirements.
  • Runs routine reports or systematically extracts food safety and quality data according to criteria to pre-defined by more senior team members.
  • Maintains and updates internal and external quality and food/feed safety documentation as directed by more senior team members.
  • Compiles general quality measurement and food/feed safety data to be analyzed by more senior team members.

- Shape Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Culture / Reputation- Provides assistance to more senior team members by documenting a limited number of food safety and quality procedures in systems used by other FSQR employees and/or businesses.

  • Supports more senior employees in responding to customer food safety and/or quality questions.
  • Provides training to colleagues on basic food safety and quality assurance procedures, in accordance with pre-defined training requirements.
  • May observe behaviors related to food/feed safety and quality risks and provide suggestions to colleagues as needed.



  • 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.
  • Cargill requires employees be a minimum of 18 years old to work in a production facility.
  • High School diploma or Equivalent.
  • Must be able to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping.
  • Ability to lift a minimum 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work under special work conditions such as extreme heat or cold.
  • Must be able to read/write English.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to work overtime.
  • Ability to work holidays, nights, weekends or different shifts.


  • Associates Degree in Science related field.
  • General understanding of basic microbiological testing including aseptic techniques.
  • 1 year prior Quality Control/Quality Assurance experience.
  • Prior knowledge of Pet Food manufacturing.
  • Prior experience in production related work.
  • Able to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping.


Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Primary Location:US-MN-Owatonna




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