Inline Process Analytical Technology Specialist – Cargill – Cedar Rapids, IA

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Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill’s global team of 155,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s food ingredients and bio-industrial business, where we anticipate trends around taste, nutrition and safety to innovate and provide solutions to manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Inline Process Analytical Technology Specialist will be a subject matter expert for and key contributor to the Fort Dodge Light House Project and will then transition into a regional analytical and instrument expert. They will develop a solid, hands-on understanding of inline analysis techniques, instrument technologies, and supplier innovation. In this role, you will propose, trial, and support installation and calibration of new analytical solutions. You will actively screen the market for new developments on the instruments, methods, software, and consumables. You will develop and deploy for new, inline instruments to advance process data, and document according to good laboratory practice guidelines. Key Accountabilities

Act as the main point of contact for the Smart Manufacturing Lighthouse for new and existing instrument and method requests or technical issues and respond to the business with a technical solution or strategy in a timely manner.

Coordinate the implementation and optimization of analytical solutions that may include hardware, software, network, and operating systems.

Provide second line support and troubleshooting of company and multi-vendor system solutions by diagnosing and resolve performance problems.

Build and foster relationships with instrument vendors, including participation in seminars and other events, and continuously monitor the market for new technologies and updates that are beneficial for the organization and meet the demands of the customers.

Lead projects following the project management guidelines including building new project proposals, developing project plans and business cases and defending them at different levels in the organization.

Initiate, perform, and coordinate method development activities to implement new methods or to improve method efficiency, accuracy, and detection limits, ensuring adequate validation and verification of the instrument and method before its implementation.

Prepare documents related to instruments and methods, such as standard operating procedure, best practices and maintenance logs and keep them up to date.

Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.

Other duties as assigned Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in a Science related field

Four or more years of related work experience

Able to travel up to 10% of the time.


Project management skills and knowledge of project management tools

Knowledge of inline and rapid analytic techniques, spectroscopy, advanced chromatography, hyphenated techniques, and automation systems

Experience in instrument or method development, validation, and troubleshooting

Experience with statistical analysis and tools

Eight or more years of experience working with different instrumental analytical techniques

Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time. Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing).

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet

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