- Topeka, KS
North America is looking for Sensory
Technician in Topeka,
a privately-held, family-owned company, Mars North America 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 unrivaled career
advancement opportunities, to name just a few of our unique and generous
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
is responsible for the implementation of sensory conformance program
requirements. In partnership with the National Office Sensory Scientist,
develop and implement site specific innovations to assure product quality
and conformance. As an R&D resource, this position requires working
closely with Product Development, Process Development, Supply, Engineering
and Commercial to identify the most cost effective solution yielding
consistent product quality and safety.
and execute Conformance Program’s Best Practices and Minimum Requirements
in partnership with the National Office Sensory Scientist, develop and
implement innovations in assuring sensory conformance.
Site based Conformance and On Line Sensory Programs – recruiting, training
and calibrating Associates.
processes and systems through innovation, effective change control,
research, and auditing.
additional Mars Chocolate North America Business Unit activities with Flex
Supply and Supplier Quality Assurance by providing product conformance
customer solutions of profitable sales growth for products/assortment
(everyday/new products/promoted/seasonal), placement and everyday shelving
and merchandising, pricing (everyday/seasonal/promotional), promotion and
seasonal merchandising that achieve customer retail objectives, category
leadership and company objectives
through new product launches with timely and effective execution to
maximize retail impact
retail outlet to implement solutions through fact based presentations that
deliver results that are beneficial for both retail/headquarter customer
all agreed to solutions with customer to include accurate, timely
forecasting and detailed follow through
customer feedback and retail observations, bring forward potential
to identify flavor, odor and texture
interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and motivate a team.
analytical and troubleshooting skills.
to work independently as well as within a team setting.
knowledge of sensory practices and protocols.
knowledge of computer software including word processing, spreadsheets,
graphics, macros, etc.
experience using a computer data handling system for input, storage,
manipulation and analysis of data.
and aptitude to work in an R&D, Manufacturing, and/or Distribution
ability to influence without authority.
have a thorough understanding of the detailed path of raw materials and
finished products through the Manufacturing operations.
have strong organizational skills and be able to schedule and prioritize
daily work to assure meeting deadlines.
be able to multi-task effectively. Must be able to adapt to unplanned
priority changes while maintaining consistent, high quality work standards.
ability to work independently, as well as function as an effective team
have strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and
demonstrate the ability to think and work independently, to initiate
projects and bring them to completion
•Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Engineering, Chemistry, or related
sciences OR may substitute
Bachelor's Degree with 3-5 years of sensory/technical work experience in
•1+ year work experience in R&D, Manufacturing or Sensory positions
•Course work in Sensory Evaluation, Panel Leadership, Spectrum Method for
Descriptive Analysis, equivalent work experience in related areas desired
•Work experience in Sensory Evaluation, Quality Control, Analytical,
Product Development and/or Manufacturing
•Successful Completion of a drug and background screen
•Experience as a Conformance Panelist and/or Descriptive Panelist is a
paid relocation is not available for this role.
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.
Visit http://www.mars.com/ to learn more
about our company and for information about all of our current openings.
Please, no agencies.
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