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Food Safety Scientist- Burr Ridge, IL 60527


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Mars Ice Cream is looking for a Food Safety Scientist!

Job Purpose:

The Scientist Food Safety provides deep technical leadership to develop, maintain and proactively improve Mars Wrigley Quality and Food Safety programs. Under the supervision of the Site Q&FS Manager, this role provides technical expertise, consultancy and a practical food safety approach to the site manufacturing operations. This role makes complex risk-based food safety decisions that enable the reliable delivery of products that meet all external legislative requirements and all internal Q&FS standards.

What we are looking for:

Minimum Requirements

  • BS degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering, Biology, Microbiology, or related technical field
  • 2+ years of work experience in a quality manufacturing environment within CPG (food and/or Snackfood/Confectionary)
  • In depth knowledge of microbiology, safety, manufacturing processes and GMPs
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities in leading/influencing others

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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 (i.e. FSSC22000, SQF, BRC, etc.)
  • Previous Dairy or Frozen Dairy experience
  • Experience with regulatory and 3rd party audit requirements
  • Experience with practical applied microbiology in factory environments
  • Capable leader of teams and individuals with ability to motivate and engage superiors, peers, indirect associates, and global Q&FS community
  • Advanced understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP's), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Systems (HACCP)
  • Knowledge of and experience with ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and ISO 17025 general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leads the effective development and implementation of standards, processes, new technology/methods and drives continuous improvement of food safety management at the manufacturing site
  • Acts as a technical resource for interpretation and ongoing application of food safety standards and regulations, as they relate to manufacturing operations, including but not limited to the Global Microbiological Verification, Allergen Management, Foreign Material Management, Mold and Mycotoxin, HACCP and Food Fraud Standards
  • Acts as Food Safety Coordinator, providing governance to HACCP Food Safety plans and managing validations of CCP and OPRP preventive controls.
  • Leads the Root Cause Analysis investigation of food safety incidents and drives effective implementation of corrective and preventative actions.
  • Interprets sensitive and technical data for potential impact on product safety and provides timely recommendations for the effective resolution of food safety issues.
  • Leads the development and deployment of Food Safety training across the manufacturing site
  • Provides technical guidance and consultancy to the Food Safety Team to assure that manufacturing processes and environments are microbiologically safe for producing both new and existing products.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package.
  • To be respected and valued.
  • The Five Principles at the center of every decision we make.
  • The opportunity to work cross functionally, add value and impact a better world for generations to come.



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