GERM Operator

Memphis, TN
May 17, 2017
May 24, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

GERM Operator-MEM00714 Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a 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 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. Learn more at


From frosting on birthday cakes to the fuel in your car, Cargill Starches & Sweeteners North America (Starches & Sweeteners NA) is a part of your life in more ways than you would imagine. Leading national brands choose Starches & Sweeteners NA to develop, manufacture, and deliver ingredients that differentiate their food and beverage products in the marketplace. In addition, Starches & Sweeteners NA unlocks the goodness of the common corn kernel to create ingredients that are used in cattle feed, plastics, food packaging and medicines. Starches & Sweeteners NA also markets its own national brands, such as Truvia®, a zero-calorie sweetener, and Sweet Bran®, a value-added cattle feed. Starches & Sweeteners NA employs more than 2,400 people and operates facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.

Position Overview

Operation Technicians are directly involved with processing corn germ, our raw material, into refined corn oil and feed products.

In addition to these areas, the Operations Technician will have an opportunity to participate with others in many different specialty tasks and projects. A few examples might include participation on the Safety committee or quality improvement teams. The plant is a large manufacturing facility and technicians will be subject to performing tasks working under varying temperature extremes, some physical labor, dealing with heights, handling of chemicals, exposure to dust, some tasks that require use of a respirator, and working around a wide variety of continuous process equipment.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Able to work 8-hour shift rotation, including weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. Work on-call as assigned.
  • Process monitoring and control.
  • Product sampling analysis.
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance of process equipment and instrumentation.
  • Procedures, policies and practices adherence and development.
  • Permit completion and coordination.
  • Assist in assuring efficiency of operation of equipment, quality of product, and safety of all personnel.

Technician responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following tasks:

  • Monitoring and controlling the various unit operations via the process control system, checking product quality and progress
  • Performing quality checks on raw materials, intermediate process streams, and finished products, using a variety of laboratory equipment
  • Performing verification and validation tasks associated with on-line instruments and control systems
  • Unloading raw material, loading finished products (trucks, railcars, etc), and controlling inventory in order to satisfy both internal and external customer needs.
  • Performing a variety of preventive/planned basic maintenance tasks on plant systems and equipment. Also being directly involved with improvement of these systems and the equipment.
  • Problem analysis and solution implementation on short term operational deviations and longer term plant needs.
  • Being responsible for the safety, food safety, sanitation, and hygiene conditions as a member of an area team, including necessary clean up and proper handling of the product and production equipment.

Schedule Expectations:

The facility runs 24 hours per day 365 days per year. Technicians are required to work a 8-hour rotating shift (7:00 am - 3:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm & 11:00 pm - 7:00 am), which will include weekends and holidays. During plant start-ups employees will be expected to work additional hours beyond the normal schedule as required and may participate in classroom type training prior to start-up phase. Additional hours will be required for safety & team meetings and other necessary training.

Applicants must be able to pass:

the skills assessment exam

Relocation will not be provided for this position.



  • High School education or equivalent
  • Ability to work overtime, holidays, nights, weekends and rotating shifts
  • Ability to work in an environment with dust, noise, elevated work, and varied temperatures
  • Ability to work with operating machinery and around heavy equipment
  • Ability and willingness to comply with all Cargill policies, health and safety requirements such as jewelry restrictions, the use and wearing of safety/personal protective equipment (e.g. wearing safety equipment such as hardhats, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective footwear, etc.), and following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).


  • Experience operating a forklift
  • Experience operating a bobcat
  • Experience operating a front end loader
  • Experience in manufacturing/production

To be considered for this position you must complete the online application in full, resumes will not be reviewed.

If you attach a resume as part of your application process, please verify the web pages/sections labeled Personal Info, Work Experience, and Education to ensure the fields reflect your information accurately, as we will be reviewing these sections and not your attachments in considering your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Operations

Primary Location US-TN-Memphis

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job