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Food Scientist-PLY00319 Ė Plymouth, MN


Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thriveóa place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 155,000 employees in 68 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. Learn more at



Position Objective:

The Food Scientist position will work within a designated area of the Research and Development Job Family at Cargill. A primary goal of the position goal will be to drive added value by developing new products using Cargillís ingredients.  This position focuses on bench top development of prototypes and ingredient systems that will require an innovative approach. This position is responsible for the creation of bench top and scale-up production samples for internal, customer, and consumer tests. This position will support a wide range of project activities including new products, line extensions, and product improvements all pertaining to the food industry.


Principal Accountabilities:

New Product formulation, physical/analytical testing, pilot plant support, scale-up support, start-up support, nutrition and costing analysis, and documentation of experiments.


This position is an entry level position and will require good interpersonal skills and self-initiative. Also, this position will require occasional travel.


        Bench top prototype development and testing

        Design products that are technologically feasible on a production line

        Nutrition and cost analysis of formulas

        Ability to manage multiple projects on a deadline basis

        Become knowledgeable about pilot plant equipment

        Category ingredient inventory management

        Assistance during the scale-up and start-up of new products

        Compliance with Cargill Food Safety and EH&S policies

        Create IP to help Cargill capture value from innovation

        Document and protect all information as required by company policy

        Continue skill development to maintain technical expertise

        Have the ability to work with minimal supervision

        Other duties as required




Required Qualifications:

        Pursuing a Bachelor or Masterís Degree in Food Science or related field

        Former Participant in Cargillís R&D Internship Program

        Basic food ingredient knowledge and ability to formulate food products

        Demonstrated problem-solving skills

        Proven innovation and creativity

        Good interpersonal and teamwork skills

        Takes initiative in technical problem solving

        Knowledge of Microsoft Office - Excel, Word, PowerPoint

        Good communication skills, both written and oral

        Ability to travel, up to 15%

Desired Qualifications:

        3+ years of experience in food science

        Food formulation experience

        Project management/leadership experience

 Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet. 


 Research and Development

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