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Product Development Scientist - Franklin, TN




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Location: Franklin, TN, US, 37067

Date: Jul 12, 2016

Requisition Number: 72326

Position Title:            Product Development Scientist

Reports To:               R&D Manager

Segment:                   Mars Petcare

Location:                    Franklin, TN

Purpose of Role

Technically lead product and recipe development for new and innovative products and for line extensions in the Petcare segment. To be center of expertise in the area and provide technical training for relevant Research & Development teams. Represent Mars LLC R&D in the global technical expertise for the relevant segment.  Mentor R&D technologists.


Principal Accountabilities

  • Lead the translation of consumer insights into holistic concepts (product and packaging).
  • Use appropriate tools to facilitate concept and prototype evaluation (creation and presentation).
  • Create and aligns product design briefs with project team (Marketing/R&D/Market Research/Commercial).
  • Specify product design attributes and quality targets.
  • Own product development within projects.   
  • Support Process Development and R&D Packaging Group.
  • Contribute product design expertise to unit, regional, and global communities for the pet food segment.
  • Mentors and supervises NPD technologists.
  • Follow corporate labeling and claim policy.
  • Accomplish the objectives agreed with the line manager and listed in Personal Development Plan.


Key Activities

  • Develop understanding of pet food consumer insights, local market activities (Mars and competitors), and global food/pet food trends.
  • Build contacts with external design agencies and institutes, equipment and raw material suppliers and apply consumer understanding techniques.
  • Keep up to date on new developments in the relevant knowledge areas such as human food trends, new raw materials, and animal nutrition research.
  • Create and maintain personal ties with scientific and technical communities within Mars and externally to enhance current knowledge base.
  • Design, execute, analyze and review concepts with appropriate tools. Collaborate with both internal (R&D, Marketing, Operations, Engineering, Commercial) and external (Market Research Agencies, suppliers and Research Institutions) to develop products from concept to validation of final holistic product/packaging design.
  • Provide recipe design and product specifications and own knowledge transfer to Quality, Site R&D, and Manufacturing.
  • Act as lead product design representative for a project team. Develop, communicate agree product development plans with project team members.
  • Support R&D packaging group for packaging innovation and continuous improvement activities. Provide product and ingredient expertise to new process development opportunities/needs, and support as necessary.
  • Provide technical training and knowledge transfer to segment Product developers/Technologists as well as for other functional groups within R&D. Communicate latest technical developments within relevant segment to NPD, PPE and Quality groups within R&D. Be an active member of a global network or community for a relevant technical area.
  • Supervise NPD Technologist in day-to-day activities, identify technical knowledge gaps and training needs, recommend/provide technical trainings to eliminate the gaps. Act as the key contact for on-boarding & induction of new NPD Technologists.
  • Follow corporate guidelines for pet food labeling in developing new products and reviewing existing products. Collaborate with Marketers to create maximum value marketing language within the constraints of the guidelines.


Critical Mars Leadership Capabilities

  • Delivers Consistent Results
  • Creates Collaborative Relationships
  • Engages Associates


Key Supporting Competencies

  • Action Oriented
  • Organizational Agility
  • Priority Setting
  • Customer Focus
  • Peer Relationships
  • Motivating Others
  • Negotiating
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Managing Vision and Purpose


Key Functional Skills/Knowledge


Price of Admission:

  • Food science / food chemistry
  • Food safety and hygiene regulations.
  • Experimental design.
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Product development from bench top to production.
  • Coordinating and leading cross-functional activities
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Presentations and messaging



  • Pet food technology – directly applicable technologies such as extrusion or formed meat pieces
  • Pet Food / Feed industry raw materials
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Sensory evaluation, Consumer research, Pet food/feed Formulation


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Food Science or Food Engineering.
  • Three (3) years of experience in new product and process development in food manufacturing.
  • Prior experience must include statistical analysis and design of experiments, as well as knowledge of food ingredients functionality.
  • Up to 50% national and international travel required.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville 

Job Segment: Scientific, Engineer, Statistics, Market Research, R&D Engineer, Engineering, Data, Marketing


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