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Associate Scientist Food Safety - Chicago, IL






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Associate Scientist Food Safety


Job Purpose/Overview:

This position provides Technical leadership in implementation of Food Safety elements of the Quality Management Process (QMP). Drives project management and continuous improvement of their designated site Quality & Food Safety (Q&FS) Management systems that enable the reliable delivery of products that meet all external legislative requirements and all internal Quality &Food Safety global standards.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development and roll out of food safety training to the site and support functions (HACCP, Basic Food Safety)
  • Provide governance to the Microbiological verification, environmental program, Mycotoxin, Allergens, Cleaning and Sanitation programs
  • Provide governance to HACCP and Food Safety Plan within the site, provide input to the Value stream Food safety. Food Safety Team Leader at the site. Manage validation of CCP/OPRP preventive controls programs within the site
  • Responsible for providing site input to the Material Risk Assessments (MRA’s)
  • Lead root cause analysis investigation of food safety incidents and effective implementation of corrective/preventive actions
  • Manage analytical program for the site, including training and round robins
  • In partnership with the Value Stream Lead represent R&D at change management and handover meetings to ensure Food Safety deliverables
  • Translate external food safety requirements such as regulations or customer needs into procedures or best practices for site
  • The ability to deliver results, to a high quality is critical to success and as such they are expected to interfaces outside of Q&FS with Supply (Operations, Reliability, Engineering, and Supplier Quality Assurance), PPTS and Packaging R&D along with external networks.
  • The role partners with supply and the Q&FS team to drive continual improvement of food safety programs through robust risk assessments, clear procedures and work instructions, trending and reporting, creation and delivery of food safety training.
  • Impacts quality of own work and the work of others both within the team and cross functionally
  • Builds knowledge of the company, processes and customers. Understands key business drivers and uses this understanding to accomplish own work.
  • By meeting the requirements of the role the Associate Scientist of Food Safety is appointed by the Q&FS Director as a Food Safety Team Leader at the site.
  • The role facilitates effective implementation of Mars and regulatory requirements through coordinating “steering team” activities to enable timely implementation into the supply pipeline


Job Specifications/Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering, Chemistry or related scientific or technical discipline and relevant intern experience

Combination of education and 3+ (preferred 5+) years demonstrated success in relevant manufacturing/quality experience


2-3 years of experience in different quality related areas such as raw materials, distribution, manufacturing or

2-3 years of experience in a manufacturing site managing quality and food safety management systems responsible position related to food safety or Quality and food safety management system



Understanding of key scientific principles associated with food & ingredients.

Ability to work effectively in cross functional teams

Demonstrated capability to manage multiple priorities

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong presentation Skills

Ability to travel 10% of the time

Food safety risk, identification and management, HACCP and prerequisite controls

Knowledge of and experience with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems

Knowledge of GMP, GLP, food allergens, pest control, sanitation, and food safety regulations

Experience with GFSI Quality Systems such as SQF, BRC, FSSC22000, ISO9000 or ISO17025




Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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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