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Site Quality & Food Safety Technologist-REN00227 - Reno, NV



Position Title:            Quality& Food Safety Technologist

Reports To:                Quality& Food Safety Manager

Segment:                    Mars Petcare

Family:                       Quality

Function:                    R&D

Job Location:             Reno, NV (KKR)



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

        Conflict Management

        Science and Technology

        Integrity& Trust


        Self Development

        Problem Solving Skills

        Building relationships


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 Bachelorís 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.



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.

Visit to learn more about our company and for information about all of our current openings. Please, no agencies.


Mars Inc. is a tobacco free workplace.




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