Cargill Food Safety and Quality Chemist in Dayton, Ohio

Food Safety and Quality Chemist

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 primary responsibility of the Food Safety Quality and Regulatory (FSQR) Chemist is to ensure products meet or exceed customer requirements for quality and food safety. Assurance of product quality requires the chemist to monitor quality assurance systems including instrumentation calibration, maintenance, cross-checks, methods, procedures, raw materials, food safety, and training. Additionally, our FSQR Chemists are expected to understand our plant processes and provide technical advice to support our production operations. Data analysis, trend recognition and effective communication are required competencies. The success of the FSQR Chemist candidate is measured in impact to customer satisfaction, minimization of process variation, process recoveries, waste reduction, and cost minimization.

Principal Responsibilities:

50% Daily assessment of process quality parameters and quality management systems including cross-checks, raw materials, calibration, maintenance, procedures, food safety, training, auditing and oversight of analytical testing performed in control rooms.

20% Data analysis, trend identification, troubleshooting, corrective action, and communication with regard to processing data, final product, and wastewater.

10% Training of new FSQR chemists, analysts, operators, technicians and personnel from other functional areas.

10% Final product approval. Assurance of compliance to customer specifications.

10% Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned (ie. process improvement projects, development and modification of FSQR procedures and documents, recruiting and interviewing of new employees and assisting other locations with process startups and projects.)

This position is posted internally as well as externally.

Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.



  • Minimum a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Microbiology, or Biochemistry OR a Bachelors degree in science field.

  • At least 2 upper level courses relating to Chemistry, Food Science, Microbiology or Biochemistry.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Other requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated strong problem-solving and analytical skills.

  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to adapt and learn in a changing work environment.


  • Proven ability to anticipate, recognize, and solve process and laboratory problems, implement improvements based on the findings.

  • Ability to balance and achieve positive results in the areas of food safety, safety, quality, productivity and cost.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Quality Assurance/Food Safety

Primary Location US-OH-Dayton

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Rotating

Req ID: DAY02892