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Quality & Food Safety Manager- Chicago, IL



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Job Purpose:

To lead and manage the Site Q&FS team in order to assure the production of high quality, safe and legally compliant products that meet the desired product design and customer expectations. To provide governance of the Quality and Food Safety Management process and lead the implementation of the Mars Standards at the factory. As a custodian of the Quality and Food Safety Standards this position represents R&D functions at the local plant level and is expected to lead continuous improvement on Quality and Food Safety.

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering or related technical field
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in Quality and Manufacturing environment
  • Experience in line management OR a proven track record in coaching and developing teams and individuals
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Engineering, or related technical field and
  • 4+ years relevant experience in Quality and Manufacturing environment with proven capabilities leading other technical leaders
  • Proven technical experience in Food Manufacturing preferably within chocolate/candy (confectionary) product formulation, process development, and Quality Management
  • Knowledge of HACCP, GMPs, ISO 22000, ISO 9000 quality and food safety management systems
  • Certified auditor
  • Statistics, Problem solving and Lean Six Sigma methods

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Line Management and coaching of the Site Q&FS team, supporting the development of a talent pipeline for Q&FS at site level
  • Lead R&D Strategy Deployment at the site, improving established ways of working and delivering against key metrics reflected in the company business objectives
  • Lead the quality agenda on the site to ensure wholesome products that meet the regulatory requirements
  • Lead and support MARS Inc. and external standards (FSSC, etc.) implementation on the site and drive the Q&FS mindset and behavior
  • Sustain efficient quality management system, in compliance to FSSC and MARS QMP standards, including CAPA and training programs
  • First line of contact for legal authorities and MARS product related Q&FS requests as the “quality responsible person” for the factory
  • Ensure the integration of Q&FS procedures and processes into Mars Supply Excellence (TPM) to drive quality performance
  • Perform key metric, incidents and Continuous Improvement reviews (QMR, period reviews, etc.) to ensure transparency at management level and coordinate site CAPA activities
  • Manage quality and food safety incidents based on PRIMP global standard on the site level, decision making for out of specification materials and products, ensuring that relevant corrective and preventive actions are defined and implemented
  • Accountable for site approval of all product, raw materials, packaging and process specifications, quality food safety risk assessments and change management, trial requests, etc. using the defined and agreed ways of working
  • Leader of Quality Pillar (MSE) at the Site, drive implementation and continuous improvement

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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