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Cargill Fermentation Technology Lead in Eddyville, Iowa

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 154 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.


The Fermentation Technology Lead will work in large scale fermentation biorefineries, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams locally and globally to exploit the latest in process technology in large scale fermentation. This position will require deep fundamental knowledge of microbial systems, coupled with practical knowledge of process engineering and plant operations and a proven track record of safety leadership. In this role, you will deliver innovative solutions, champion process improvement, scale up and implement new technologies, drive cost savings and maintain exceptional product quality.


  • Engage in the continuous improvement of our global processes by developing and implementing novel technology.

  • Act as liaison between the operations and research group and have a strong voice in setting research group objectives in line with cost reduction, productivity and yield improvements.

  • Collaborate with global and regional fermentation teams on optimization, development and startup of new processes for new and existing product lines.

  • Monitor the fermentation processes to assure consistency and sustainability.Partner with other fermentation staff in the development of protocols and best practice guidelines as well as the development of strategies to minimize process problems and monitor the fermentation processes to ensure consistency and sustainability.

  • Administrate program growth through mentoring, training, engagement and budgeting functions while leading and participating in safety, environmental and regulatory compliance activities.

  • Provide timely communication to key stakeholders within operations, business leadership, technology and engineering on commercial performance and technology efforts.

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

  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in biochemical engineering, chemical engineering, microbiology or related field OR equivalent experience

  • Minimum of four years related work experience

  • Experience with fermentation experimentation


  • Master's degree or PhD in a related field

  • Industrial experience in biochemical engineering, chemical engineering or microbiology

  • Experience in maintaining pure culture systems

  • Aptitude in microbial physiology

  • Lean Six Sigma certification

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

At Cargill, everyone matters and everyone counts. Cargill is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. As such and in alignment with our Guiding Principles, Cargill's long-standing equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, family status, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, union affiliation, or any other status protected by law.

Cargill also complies with all applicable national and local laws and regulations pertaining to non-discrimination and employment.

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