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Product Development Technologist-RAN00220 – California


Role Summary:

The position is a key enabler in delivery of the short and medium term innovation pipeline together and in collaboration with the cross-functional project team. The position is expected to - execute the product development part of an agreed set of projects and ensure flawless execution into the plant. This position is interfacing with other R&D functions, the brand managers, the cross functional activity team, the sales group and the purchasing and supply department.

Key Responsibilities/Principle Accountabilities:

· Responsible for on time delivery of a portfolio of projects under one or several brands and multiple product technologies in accordance with business targets and processes.

· Responsible to ensure smooth execution and successful delivery of projects by applying good practices of project management Responsible for the development of prototypes, new product, recipes and technologies across multiple product format and technology. This includes organizing and leading pilot plant and small scale factory trials.

· Accountable & Responsible to use creativity and innovation to solve product development challenges during experiments, trials and production runs. Recommend alternative courses of action and changes in product design.

· Responsible to organize and deliver required product testing and validation prior to launch.

· Responsible for the delivery and achievement of new and existing product performance Accountable & Responsible for the creation and set-up of formulas, raw material specifications and finish product specifications.

· Support programs related to qualification of new vendors and initiative related to the reduction of COGS and supply or manufacturing complexity.

· Responsible for self-development and acquisition of new skills, competencies and knowledge.

· Responsible to develop, maintain and leverage a network of experts in different fields inside and outside the MARS Global Food Network and ensure transfer of technology and insights in the organization.

Mars Effectiveness Competencies:

· Action Oriented

· Informing

· Planning

· Problem Solving

· Integrity & Trust

Decision Making Authority:

· Product design, recipe ,raw material finish goods specifications and approval for his/her brand responsibilities


· Innovation Pipeline options for segment growth

· Resolution of quality issues in concert with Quality Group

· Budgetary requirements


Minimum Requirements:

· Bachelor's degree in food science, biology, Chemistry, Physics or Engineering

· A minimum of 2 years' Food Production and Technical Research and Development experience

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office

· Strong knowledge in food formulation and chemistry, product development, process development and common manufacturing processes used in the food and pet food industry.

· Comfortable around ambiguity and willingness to ask questions, take risks and bring solutions to manageable situations.

· Highly motivated and committed to deliver business results

· Knowledge of, food preparation and GMP – (Good Manufacturing Practices)

· Ability to work in a manufacturing environment with no restrictions; ability to lift 40lbs

· Travel to other Mars’s sites and vendors required up to 20%, and may require up to 50% based on project requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

· MBA / Master's degree (Chemistry, Physics or Engineering)

· Understanding of technical R&D to include and apply mathematical and scientific principles, and the ability to solve and recommend technical solutions for innovative product design

· Demonstrated strong capability for project management, team work and communication leading to outstanding deliveries and business results.

· Strong ability to work in multicultural environment and with people coming from different discipline and business areas

· Strong ability to work efficiently within a cross-functional group.

· Autonomous, intellectually agile and curious to find and develop opportunities


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