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Quality & Food Safety Technologist – IL

 

 

 

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Location: 1545, IL, US

Date: May 12, 2016

Requisition Number: 59286

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®.

 

Position Title:          Quality & Food Safety Technologist

Reports To:                         Quality & Food Safety Manager

Segment:                  Mars Petcare

Family:                      Quality

Function:                  R&D

Job Location:          Mattoon, IL

 

Level of Role

Individual Contributor

 

Number of Reports

No reports

 

Purpose of this Role

This position is responsible for developing and implementing innovative solutions to site based quality and food safety systems to ensure operational conformance to consumer and customer expectations.

 

As a site based R&D resource, this position requires working closely with supply, maintenance, engineering, logistics, central and global quality, food safety & distribution systems specialists and regulatory affairs to identify opportunities to improve product quality, systems and safety.

 

This position is also responsible for acquiring and understanding the advancement of global petfood processes and auditing techniques to drive appropriate innovations for the site.

 

As a Quality & Food Safety associate who represents the R&D and the business, the jobholder must possess a high degree of initiative, responsibility, work ethic, and flexibility. The associate must be willing to involve himself / herself in any aspect that relates to our company's products or activities, even if such aspect is not directly related to other parts of this job description.

 

Principle Accountabilities

  • Facilitate and document site based hold management systems (SPEDE/PRMS and Nexus NC), requirements and procedures including product disposition and destruction in accordance with Mars Quality and Food Safety Standards
  • Facilitate/lead plant microbiology testing program including data analysis, trending, reporting and recommendations.
  • Facilitate and document Risk Assessment process for all new commodities, equipment, processes, etc. in accordance with Mars regulatory requirements.
  • Food Safety Representative for site HACCP Team.
  • Facilitate site based audit program for quality systems compliance, pest control, product traceability and food safety in accordance with Mars Inc. Quality and Foods Safety Standards and FDA regulations
  • Facilitate site based quality systems to assess compliance to published product and process specifications
  • Maintain site Statistical Process Control systems including deviation reporting and recommendations.  Design, develop and implement site based programs to trend, report and address consumer feedback information
  • Maintain current formula/recipe database system and verify new recipe accuracy prior to implementation.  Approves and communicates appropriate CRC's (controlled recipe Changes)
  • Design, develop and provide quality systems training and education programs for site based associates.
  • Assist in facilitating site document and record control, and corrective & preventative action programs.

 

Mission Critical Competencies

  • Functional/technical skills
  • Conflict management
  • Creates collaborative relationships
  • Priority Setting

 

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the Windows working environment including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong background in math and computers; working knowledge of descriptive statistics
  • Basic understanding of site accounting and financial systems
  • Proven application of engineering principles, laboratory methodologies, food science, statistics, and quality tools.
  • Strong oral, listening, and written communication skills in order to communicate with all levels of the organization
  • Strong project management and planning skills with proven ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and leadership skills, and the ability to effectively negotiate, influence, and persuade.
  • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence, motivate, and lead a team.
  • Building and sustaining relationships to ensure a strong team environment.
  • Strong decision making skills and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to work independently without supervision as well as within a team setting.
  • Attention to detail required when working with scientific data and analysis.
  • Able to travel up to 10%.
  • Ability to work different schedules as needed for testing and projects.
  • Ability to work in a pet food factory environment with noise, raw meats, automated machinery etc.
  • Physical requirements: Sufficient mobility, strength, flexibility, hearing, and sight to access all job relevant areas of warehouse in a high forklift traffic environment and perform routine activities as necessary to deliver required results. Some pushing/pulling, bending/stooping, and lifting (up to 50 lbs.) necessary.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Food Science, engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, or equivalent Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Working knowledge of petfood processing and packaging
  • Ability and aptitude to work in an R&D, Manufacturing, and/or Distribution environment
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP's), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Systems (HACCP), ISO, Regulatory Guidelines, Sensory, and/or Microbiology

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1 year experience in a Quality, Food Safety, Regulatory Services, or Engineering area preferred

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.

 


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