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Quality & Food Safety Lead, Regional External Partners - Joliet, IL
Mars

 

 

Location: Chicago, NJ, US, 60433

Date: Nov 6, 2016

Requisition Number: 75815

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®.

Mars Chocolate North America is looking for a Quality & Food Safety Lead - Regional External Partners in the Joliet, IL area.  

 

The Quality & Food Safety Lead for our Regional External Partners is responsible to ensure the implementation of all applicable MARS Global Quality and Food Safety Standards and Regulatory Standards at the assigned external partner sites within their region. The role’s focus on robust quality assurance practices will be inclusive of regional external manufacturing sites and distribution warehouses.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • The role promotes QMP compliance through input of quality metrics and reporting for the function and unit Quality Management Reviews. In addition, QMP compliance is also achieved through implementation of applicable MARS Global Standards.
  • Lead implementation of MCNA requirements at assigned third party sites and continuous improvement on quality and food safety through ongoing change and risk management, audit, data analysis and review of information and measurement data, especially input from customers and consumers. The role involves training, auditing, problem-solving, providing disposition, and assuring corrective actions are properly implemented.
  • Validate new lines and/or capabilities at the assigned sites. Complete risk assessments and specifications to define expectations per lines, capabilities, and products. Ensure robust change management processes are followed.
  • Lead the incident management process for the assigned sites using MARS’ systems to drive documentation and reporting of the incidents. Provide disposition and follow through of non-conforming product with effective corrective action plans.
  • Manage the site’s product verification program that will audit the quality and food safety of each shift’s product.
  • Drive continuous improvement through the standardization of verification and communication activities at the regional distribution and co-packing center using morning meetings, FMOS, product review programs, etc.
  • The associate will provide immediate disposition on product; answer questions regarding packaging, donor, finished product, and distribution incidents; and lead continuous improvement efforts of the processes within the external manufacturing and distribution networks.
  • Similar to MCNA factory “Morning Meetings”, the regionally dedicated associate will be performing product verification on the product produced at the regional distribution center. Immediate feedback and/or actions will be assigned to the external manufacturing site’s leadership team.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering or related technical field
  • 4 years of food plant experience in a responsible position related to food safety
  •  In lieu of a degree a combination of education + 4 years demonstrated success in relevant manufacturing/quality experience working with a quality and food safety management system
  • Experienced auditor and/or accreditation in GFSI Quality Systems such as SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 or ISO 9000 preferable
  • Ability to travel 25% of the time.
  • Successful Completion of a drug and background screen

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering or related technical field
  • 5+ years of food plant experience in a responsible position related to food safety
  • ASQ certification
  • Advanced understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP's), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Systems (HACCP), FSSC 22000 or ISO 9000, Regulatory and Food Law Guidelines, Sensory, and Microbiology.

 

Company paid relocation is not available for this role.

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.

 


Nearest Major Market: Joliet 
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago 

Job Segment: Engineer, Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Safety Engineer, Data Analyst, Engineering, Finance, Technology, Data

 

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