Young Alum of the Month: Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown
Title and Company: 
Warehouse and Operations Supervisor for Cargill in Mason City, IA
West Des Moines, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
Food Science, May 2013
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

As a supervisor I am responsible for developing my team members and championing personal and food safety through leading by example.  As an operations supervisor for the grilled egg patty line and the warehouse supervisor I oversee the production and the handling of that finished product, receiving of all ingredients and usage of packaging for our entire plant.  To be successful in both roles, I rely heavily on the support of my teams and our ability to work together to achieve a common goal.  This means working together to find ways to become better and using prior successes to propel us forward.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I enjoy the family atmosphere, the challenges, and the variety of responsibilities.  When I come to work each day I know when I walk through the front door, within the first five minutes at least a handful of people will say good morning or ask me how I am.  Having that welcoming feeling each day is something I am very thankful for as it makes the challenging days easier to navigate.  However those challenging days are when I learn the most and am stretched beyond my comfort level.  They push me to look at problems from a different point of view and to dive in deeper than the surface level to get to the root cause and solution.  Lastly the variety of responsibilities that I have been given shows me the amount of confidence and trust the plant superintendent and plant manager have in my ability to be a successful member of the Cargill team.  From overseeing our warehouse and a production line to college recruiting and various project work I personally develop given all of these opportunities.

What advice would you give to current students: 

Take advantage of opportunities to network with companies outside of the career fairs.  I know I heard this over and over when I was in college and was often too intimidated to go to events, but looking back as a college recruiter now I can see how right everyone was.  These networking opportunities are a great time to ask recruiters about their career, their current position, and their company.  For the career fairs take a peek at the resume and interview tips that the career services page offers.  As a recruiter I’ve read through them and they are a great way to prepare!

Favorite ISU Class:
It’s a tossup between Product Development with Dr. Ken Prusa and Dr. Lester Wilson and Food Microbiology with Dr. Aubrey Mendonca; both courses were fantastic.