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Product Research Scientist-BRE02180 - Franklin, TN


Position Title:          Product Research Scientist

Reports To:              R&D Manager
Segment:                 Petcare

Function:                 Research and Development

Location:                  Franklin, TN



Level of Role

Individual Contributor


Number of Reports



Purpose of Role

This position is responsible for enabling business initiatives by supporting new product positioning and claim strategies via translation of consumer and marketing insights for R&D.  The position will influence business management team initiatives, utilizing consumer insights, R&D technical capabilities and horizon scanning to help identify ideas that will meet consumer needs. 


Principal Responsibilities

        Utilizes best practices to place and analyze product/consumer research for demonstration of product benefit and deeper consumer understanding

        Identifies key consumer insights/needs to create winning actionable fundamental consumer/technology models.

        Recommends product design and/or project direction based on integrating product & consumer research.

        Drives superior products, packages, and communication by linking business needs, competitive environment and technology capabilities.

        Develops and executes product-driven consumer and technical learning plans that enable an innovation map for brands

        Leads multi-functional teams in the identification and qualifying winning claims and demos, create technical product stories, and consumer/technical Models

        Identifies& champions new ways to enable learning for self and others on team

        Identifies outages in project direction and drives appropriate action. 


Critical Mars Leadership Capabilities

         Consumer Insights

         Technical Intelligence/Understanding

         Business Acumen

         Influencing Skills

         Communication Skills

         Dealing with Ambiguity



Key Functional Skills/Knowledge


        Experience in conducting & analyzing a broad range consumer research (qualitative and quantitative)

        Understanding of pet care category, including technologies and product positioning

        Ability to learn from consumers and translate into actionable technical plans and strategies

        Identify and deliver strong business-building claims and develop impactful demos.

        Possess strong collaboration skills across multiple R&D disciplines (e.g. process/technology/nutrition/regulatory, packaging) and across functions (Marketing, CMK, CBD, MDO)

        Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

        Comfortable sharing insights & recommendations broadly


Key Experiences:

        Prefer >2 years work experience in a consumer and technical R&D discipline


Desired Education:

        Minimum of Bachelor of Science Degree with emphasis in technical field


Decision Making Authority:

        This position is responsible for recommending proposed actions for product positioning based on consumer insight and technology

        This position is responsible for developing claims and demos for various brands

        Incorrect analysis of consumer research can lead to ineffective market propositions and cost the company millions of dollars.  This position provides consumer product insights and clearly translates critical success factors to R&D so product performance and consumer expectations are delivered. 


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.


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