Product Development Technologist-BRE02241
Product Development Technologist
To: R&D Manager-
Level of Role
contributor, people leader, senior leader)
Number of Reports
(# of direct, #
Purpose of Role
This position is
responsible for designing and implementing product ideas and processes
throughout the product development cycle with a great emphasis on project
management. This position requires the ability to manage projects,
provide training and expertise, lead and influence small teams in a variety
of settings including bench top, pilot plant and manufacturing. Key
skills include a solid technical knowledge of food and food processes,
desire to make relevant and creative prototypes, strong problem solving and
ability to analyze and recommend solutions, excellent interpersonal,
mathematical, verbal and written communication skills.
Another facet of
this position is to keep abreast of new technologies and global initiatives
to assure the consideration and transfer of the most up to date processes,
methodologies and techniques.
Design, develop and implement new recipe/process and
production from bench top to commercial plant scale up.
Design and develop to make relevant and creative
prototypes throughout the development process using consumer insight
Provide training and share expertise with other
associates in their skills development
Improve, maintain and update current recipes, raw
material and quality specifications using the current computer
systems. Includes training new associates on current systems.
Design, implement shelf-life studies, analytical and
sensory testing to ensure the products are maintained. Ability to
interpret results and recommend action plan based on data.
Recommend, create and assemble pilot processes based
on product design specification. Document experiments and
determine/validate process parameters for the manufacture of a wide range
Present technical understanding in both written and
presentation formats of food science/engineering and the supporting
sub-process for the manufacture of food systems.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of current business
processes and their application to this position.
Demonstrate ability to think creatively and to apply
these ideas during recipe development.
Ability to document, organize and summarize project
results through verbal and written communications.
Key Supporting Competencies
Critical Functional Competencies
Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
Excellent project management skills with proven
ability to develop and manage multiple projects
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to
influence, motivate and lead within a team.
Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills whose
expertise is sought out
Ability to work independently as well as within a
Excellent knowledge of Food Safety, Regulatory and
Good Manufacturing Practices
Working knowledge of computer software including word
processing, spreadsheets, graphics, macros, etc.
Proven application of Laboratory Methodologies, Food
Science principles, engineering principles, statistics and/or quality tools
Ability and aptitude to work in an R&D,
Manufacturing, and/or Distribution environment
Effective communication skills and ability to
influence at all levels of the organization
Ability to work efficiently and independently
Must be able to lift 50 lb. (22.7 kg)
Must be able to walk and stand for extended times
during an 8 hr shift
Travel to other Mars's sites and vendors required 15
- 40%, may include international travel
in Science or Engineering
at Mars has responsibility for the achievement of quality and food safety.
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
We value a diverse work environment and encourage qualified individuals to
apply, regardless of race, religion, disability, national origin, veteran
status, gender and age. Mars Petcare US is an
Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
Visit www.mars.com to learn more about
our company and for information about all of our current openings. Please,
In June 2013,
Mars Inc in Franklin, Tennessee will become a
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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