Quality Development Associate
Wichita KS
Full Time


Wichita KS

Job Description:

Your role:

The Ardent Mills Leadership Development Program (LDP) will provide a consistent training and development program for newly hired leaders with a variety of backgrounds. This structured program is designed to give team members an understand of the Ardent Mills vision and values, and build a foundation for future leadership positions within Ardent Mills. Your role as a Quality Development Associate will give you broad exposure and development opportunities across our business.  As such, you will have opportunities to relocate to other Ardent Mills locations within the US in the future.  When considering this LDP role, it is important to remember that this role is not permanent, but meant to be a stepping stone for development that may lead to a progressively challenging permanent role within the organization. It is intended that you openly share your career desires and goals as you progress through and out of the LDP program. In addition, it is important to know that movement across the business is strongly encouraged as you advance in your career. In addition, as a part of this leadership role at Ardent Mills, you may be required to work alongside your teams including long days, on rotating shifts (days, evenings, and nights) as well as weekend or holiday work. Together we make Ardent Mills.

Recognizing that candidates come in with diverse backgrounds and interests, the LDP has a distinct path for training and development.

Dedicated Food Safety and Quality LDP candidates will concentrate most of their time in the laboratory setting.  Core competencies to be developed include: understanding of Analytical testing, NIR technology, flour and wheat characteristics, customer interfacing skills, internal and 3rd party auditing exposure and understanding of our Ardent Mills Food Safety/Protection and Quality Policies and Programs. A successful candidate will demonstrate strong technical skills as well as leadership behaviors aligned with Ardent Mills Values of Safety, Service, Simplicity & Trust.

To succeed, you must be able to:

  • Deliver results in first-time situations by inspiring others and working to earn trust every day.
  • Serve others with understanding, respect, and care.
  • Operate with simplicity, clarity and transparency.
  • Deal with and drive change.
  • Organize, prioritize and own multiple tasks while meeting or exceeding deadlines.
  • Learn and apply new technology and share your knowledge with others.

Above all you will be expected to carry out all your activities with reliability, integrity, compliance and in a safe, environmentally responsible, and efficient manner.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Milling Science, Ag Studies, Business, Operations, Food Science, Engineering, or related studies, or equivalent work experience
  • Demonstrated initiative, self-starter
  • Demonstrated communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions and collaboration
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities

Other considerations:

  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Must be authorized to work in the Unites states without sponsorship now and in the future
  • Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test and pre-employment background check

Ardent Mills is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position.  It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills.


Albany NY, Ayer MA, Decatur AL, Hastings MN, Saginaw TX, Wichita KS

Additional Locations:

Albany NY, Ayer MA, Decatur AL, Hastings MN, Saginaw TX


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