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Supplier Quality Assurance Auditor – Franklin, TN




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Date: Mar 9, 2016

Requisition Number: 53214

Position Title:            Technologist – Supplier Quality Assurance (Auditor)

Reports To:               Commercial Manager - SQA

Segment:                   Petcare

Family:                       Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA)

Function:                   Commercial

Location:                    Franklin, TN - BRN

Job Level:                  T1


Level of Role

Individual Contributor


Number of Reports


          Principal Accountabilities

  • Provide expertise in the processing of materials and Ingredients such as Pre-blends/Pre-mixes, Proteins, Fats, Grains, Vegetables and Packaging ingredients.
  • Assessment and confirmation of a suppliers capability to meet Mars standards of supply, through;
    • Performing the SQA audit in a timely manner
    • 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 specifications are reviewed, understood and agreed by the supplier;
  • Be aware of and assess changes to a suppliers capability to meet the Mars Specification;
  • Ensure that all suppliers are assigned a current status with defined supply and verification requirements;
  • Conduct new supplier qualifications in a timely manner to support sourcing strategy and new product launches and line extensions.
  • Support the use of External audits and Food Safety Certifications.
  • Maintaining the “Supplier Manager” List for raw and packaging materials.
  • Conduct supplier reviews according to MQM standard.
  • Manage Spot Buys and New Supplier Qualifications for related category
  • Demonstrate a Quality Culture in Actions, Words and Spirit.


          Critical Mars Leadership Capabilities

  • Creates Collaborative Relationships
  • Delivers Consistent Results


Key Supporting Competencies

  • Action Oriented
  • Priority Setting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Planning


Critical Functional Competencies

  • Food Manufacturing
  • Quality and Food Safety/HACCP


Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Effectively manage relationships with sourcing managers, MRA/PRA teams and suppliers.
  • Advanced understanding of quality systems and food safety management programs is critical.  Examples: Good Manufacturing Practice, food microbiology, auditing, Hazard analysis and Control, Statistics for sampling and process control
  • Familiarity with food laws and regulatory guidelines
  • Excellent auditing and risk management skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of pet food ingredient processing.
  • Ingredient/Material category expertise
  • Planning and Prioritization
  • Verbal and written skills – ability to properly document and communicate supplier audit/assessment results.
  • Ability to influence sourcing managers and suppliers.
  • Excellent team working and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize activities appropriately, and make trade-off decisions as appropriate.
  • Familiarity with food laws and regulatory guidelines


Minimum Qualifications

  • Computer skills sufficient to use data input and retrieval systems, spreadsheet, word processors and formulation applications
  • A Bachelor of Science Degree with emphasis in food science/animal science
  • The physical capability of working in a manufacturing environment is essential


Preferred Qualifications

  • Lead Auditor Certification
  • HACCP certification
  • At least two years Commercial or Quality experience in the Food Industry

Every associate at Mars has responsibility for the achievement of quality and food safety.


As a privately-held, family-owned company, Mars Petcare US offers benefits which reflect our commitment to attracting and retaining great people. This includes excellent pay, competitive health and dental care coverage, a retirement plan, a very competitive vacation plan and unrivalled career advancement opportunities, to name just a few of our unique and generous benefits.
If you're looking for a place where you can take ownership for your work, where the pace is fast, the environment is built around the importance of open communication, and where employees are called "associates" and treated as such, then we want to hear from you.

We are 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.

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Mars Inc. is a tobacco free workplace.

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