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Senior Food Technologist - Germantown, MD
Location: MD, US, 20876
Date: Aug 8, 2016
Requisition Number: 62285
A mutually rewarding experience.
Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.
Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.
Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, operates six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.
Position: Senior Food Technologist
Employer: Mars, Inc. d/b/a Mars Symbioscience
Responsibilities: Manage highly technical projects to explore, scope, and develop new product concepts within the dietary supplements category. Act as the key contact person of the Food Applications team where cross-functional teams such as marketing/sales, supply, commercial, quality, and/or analytical, are required to achieve business objectives. Assess flavor, taste, and somatoresponses (e.g. astringency, pungency, etc.) in both raw materials and finished products, while objectively understanding the impact of formulation on these dimensions of quality and preference. Inspect raw materials and finished products to ensure they meet all quality, safety, and legal requirements and specifications (e.g. shelf life). Solve product challenges through a hypothesis-driven approach with a clear definition of objectives, testing protocols, and expectation of the outcomes. Train and mentor junior members of the Food Applications team. Build relevant knowledge on the use of core bioactive ingredients in novel product formats. Participate in personal development activities such as industry conferences, training courses, etc. as agreed upon. Identify and evaluate new instrumental techniques and proposes bringing these in-house where appropriate. Maintain accurate, complete logs/records of experiments and samples in the standard lab notebook. Actively contribute novel ideas to the R&D efforts. Assist in solving technical difficulties with laboratory/pilot plant equipment such as pHmeter, Microthermics, rheometer, etc., as they arise and troubleshooting instrument problems independently. Supervise the work of a Research Associate.
Education/Experience: Master’s Degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Engineering, or related field, or foreign equivalent, plus one (1) year of experience as Food Technologist or Food Laboratory Research Associate or Assistant or related role.
Special Requirements: One year of experience applying (a) key elements of food product development lifecycle steps, (b) technical understanding of food-grade botanical extracts with flavonoids and of the interactions of food components with flavonoid-enriched ingredients, and (c) characterization of food raw materials and ingredients with specific functionalities. Domestic/International travel approximately 15% of the time. Pre-hire drug testing and background check.
Salary: $90,300/yr. Location: 20425 Seneca Meadows Pkwy, Germantown, MD 20876
Mars is 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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