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Cargill Merchant Assistant in Fort Dodge, Iowa

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 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.


The Merchant Assistant will support the development and management of a supplier base to fulfill transactions delivering commodities that meet production requirements and specifications in terms of timing, volume, quantity and cost. We seek a professional who will support our team that buys and sells commodities from/to country elevators, producers, feed mills and processors.


  • Communicate and interact with transportation and logistics, quality assurance, customer managers and credit manager to ensure efficient execution.

  • Help plan purchases and transportation to maximize profitable use of stock and storage facilities.

  • Research and analyze various freight opportunities in the marketplace to maximize margin.

  • Enter most routine data and run specialty reports from Cargill contract management databases and systems.

  • Work directly with customers, suppliers and business counterparts to meet their needs in solving most routine problems.

  • Handle complex clerical, administrative, technical or customer support issues under minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.

  • Other duties as assigned

*The business will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

*Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.


  • High school diploma, secondary education level or equivalent

  • Minimum of four years of related work experience


  • Experience working with customers

  • Experience with Lynx, Sales Force, SAP

  • General accounting/finance skills

  • Knowledge of merchandizing and grain trading

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.

Notice to Recruiters and Staffing Agencies: Cargill, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Cargill”) have an internal recruiting department. Please review this notice.

US Employment Resources: Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.