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Supplier Quality Technologist (food mfg) - Chicago, IL
Mars

 

 

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60654

Date: Feb 26, 2017

Requisition Number: 91288

A mutually rewarding experience.
 

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

 

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

 

Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, operates six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

 

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.

 

PURPOSE:
The Supplier Quality Assurance role undertakes the SQA process with suppliers to proactively ensure that their Quality Systems are in place to meet Mars Quality & Food Safety standards and enable the delivery of all materials to Mars manufacturing facilities to specification. 

The role has three main purposes:  (1) the assessment and improvement of a supplier’s capability to meet specification, (2) to ensure the resolution of non-conforming material issues and (3) the technical development of the supply base to meet future requirements.
 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Contribute Q&FS insights to the supply strategy
  • Assessment and confirmation of a suppliers capability to meet Mars standards of supply through:
  • Performing the Supplier Quality Assurance audit
  • Review of analytical data compliance
  • Performing and review of process capability trial data
  • Verifying that supplier hazard controls are operating effectively
  • Support the supplier to address gaps in Q&FS capability identified in audits
  • Partner with the buyer in ensuring the material specs are reviewed, understood and agreed by the supplier
  • Working with the supplier to investigate & resolve material non-conformances to prevent reoccurrence
  • Undertake Supplier Development activities to build technical & operational capability to meet the future requirements of the supply strategy
  • To be aware of and assess changes to a suppliers capability to meet the Mars Specifications
  • Develop and utilize Material Quality Management metrics to understand and improve the Q&FS of the supply base
  • Ensuring that all suppliers are assigned a current status with defined supply and verification requirements
  • Communicate business opportunities identified during supplier contact.


SCOPE:

  • Perform Q&FS Risk Assessment of suppliers to assess and decide on suitability to supply materials to Mars manufacturing sites
  • Undertake the SQA audit process with suppliers to identify strengths and gaps required to be addressed
  • Report metric data and key trends for developing actionable plans at suppliers and factories
  • Identify and communicate qualification project timing and status; track completion against priorities
  • Ensure all data is consistent and accurate in the systems used
  • Display high standards of ethical conduct

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Training
• Minimum: BS degree or equivalent
• Preferred: Combination of scientific education and quality audit certification preferred

 

Knowledge/Skills/Experience
Minimum:

• Technical competencies in Quality, Food Safety, and Auditing

• 2+ years of supplier auditing experience
• Strong technical competencies in Quality Assurance

• Strong project management skills

• Experience with Supplier Quality programs
• Ability to influence people & facilitate alignment
• Aptitude for understanding processes & the benefits of potential applications
• Adjust to shifting work priorities, multiple demands, adversity and change


Preferred:

• Knowledgeable of gum and confectionery technology

• Lead auditor certified to a GFSI Standard
• Ability to facilitate teams and lead without direct authority
• Proven Project Management Skills, including managing multiple priorities and change management

 

Travel Requirements
• Ability and willingness to travel up to 40% across NA region and work remotely

 

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

 


Nearest Major Market: Chicago
Job Segment: Quality Assurance, Project Manager, Change Management, Technology, Management

 

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