Quality & Food Safety Technologist-COL00509
Quality & Food Safety Technologist
Quality & Food Safety Manager
n: Columbus, OH
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
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 primary duties and responsibilities of this position
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.
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
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
Science and Technology
Integrity & Trust
Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
Knowledge of the Windows working environment including Word, Excel, and
Strong background in math and computers; working knowledge of descriptive
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
Strong decision making skills and prioritization skills.
Ability to work independently without supervision as well as within a
· 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.
Food Science, engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, or equivalent
BS degree preferred.
Preferred 1 year experience in a Quality, Food Safety, Regulatory Services,
or Engineering area preferred.
Working knowledge of petfood processing and
Ability and aptitude to work in an R&D, Manufacturing, and/or
· Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices
(GMP's), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP's), Hazard Analysis Critical
Control Point Systems (HACCP), ISO, Regulatory Guidelines, Sensory,
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
We value a diverse work environment and encourage qualified individuals
to apply, regardless of race, religion, disability, national origin,
veteran status, gender and age. Mars Petcare US
is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
learn more about our company and for information about all of our current
openings. Please, no agencies.
In June 2013, Mars Inc in Franklin, Tennessee
will become a tobacco-free workplace.
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