Product Development Scientist - Franklin, TN
Location: Franklin, TN, US, 37067
Date: Jul 12, 2016
Requisition Number: 72326
Title: Product Development Scientist
Segment: Mars Petcare
Purpose of Role
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
- 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
- Specify product design
attributes and quality targets.
- Own product development within
- Support Process Development and
R&D Packaging Group.
- Contribute product design
expertise to unit, regional, and global communities for the pet food
- Mentors and supervises NPD
- Follow corporate labeling and
- Accomplish the objectives
agreed with the line manager and listed in Personal Development Plan.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Engages Associates
Key Supporting Competencies
- Action Oriented
- Organizational Agility
- Priority Setting
- Customer Focus
- Peer Relationships
- Motivating Others
- Building Effective Teams
- Managing Vision and Purpose
Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
Price of Admission:
- Food science / food chemistry
- Food safety and hygiene
- Experimental design.
- Understanding of Good
- Product development from bench
top to production.
- Coordinating and leading
- Negotiation and conflict
- Presentations and messaging
- Pet food technology – directly
applicable technologies such as extrusion or formed meat pieces
- Pet Food / Feed industry raw
- Animal Nutrition
- Sensory evaluation, Consumer
research, Pet food/feed Formulation
- 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
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 www.mars.com to learn more about
our company and for information about all of our current openings. Please, no
Mars Inc. is a tobacco free workplace.
Nearest Major Market: Nashville
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