Quality & Food Safety Technologist – Reno, NV
Quality Assurance/Quality Ctrl
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Purpose of this Role
This position is responsible for developing and implementing innovative
solutions to site based quality systems to ensure operational conformance to
consumer and customer expectations. As a site based R&D resource, this
position requires working closely with supply, maintenance, engineering,
logistics, central and global quality, food safety & distribution systems
specialists and regulatory affairs to identify opportunities to improve
product quality, systems and safety. This position is also responsible for
acquiring and understanding the advancement of global petfood
processes and auditing techniques to drive appropriate innovations for the
The primary duties and responsibilities of this position include:
- As a Quality Services associate
who represents the R&D and the business, the jobholder must possess
a high degree of initiative, responsibility, work ethic, and
- The associate must be willing
to involve himself / herself in any aspect that
relates to our company's products or activities, even if such aspect is
not directly related to other parts of this job description.
- Facilitate and document site
based hold management systems (FGS/Marc or SPEDE/PRMS), requirements and
procedures including product disposition and destruction in accordance
with Mars Quality and Food Safety Standards
- Facilitate/lead plant
microbiology testing program including data analysis, trending,
reporting and recommendations.
- Facilitate and document Risk
Assessment process for all new commodities in accordance with Mars
- Food Safety Representative for
Site HACCP Team.
- Facilitate site based audit
program for quality systems compliance, pest control, product
traceability and food safety in accordance with Mars Inc. Quality and
Foods Safety Standards and FDA regulations
- Facilitate site based quality
systems to assess compliance to published product and process
- Maintain site Statistical
Process Control systems including deviation reporting and
recommendations Design, develop and implement site based programs to
trend, report and address consumer feedback information
- Maintain current recipe
database system and verify new recipe accuracy prior to implementation.
Approves and communicates appropriate CRC's (controlled recipe Changes)
- Design, develop and provide
quality systems training and education programs for site based
Associates as needed
Mission Critical Competencies
Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
- Knowledge of the Windows
working environment including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Strong background in math and
computers; working knowledge of descriptive statistics
- Basic understanding of site
accounting and financial systems
- Proven application of
engineering principles, laboratory methodologies, food science,
statistics, and quality tools.
- Strong oral, listening, and
written communication skills in order to communicate with all levels of
- Strong project management and
planning skills with proven ability to manage numerous projects
- Strong interpersonal
communication and leadership skills, and the ability to effectively
negotiate, influence, and persuade.
- Excellent analytical and
- Excellent interpersonal skills,
with the ability to influence, motivate, and lead a team.
- Building and sustaining
relationships to ensure a strong team environment.
- Strong decision making skills
and prioritization skills.
- Ability to work independently
without supervision as well as within a team setting.
- Attention to detail required
when working with scientific data and analysis.
- Able to travel up to 10%.
- Ability to work different
schedules as needed for testing and projects.
- Ability to work in a pet food
factory environment with noise, raw meats, automated machinery etc.
- Physical requirements:
Sufficient mobility, strength, flexibility, hearing, and sight to access
all job relevant areas of warehouse in a high forklift traffic
environment and perform routine activities as necessary to deliver required
results. Some pushing/pulling, bending/stooping, and lifting (up to 50
- Food Science, engineering,
biological sciences, chemistry, or equivalent BS degree preferred.
- Preferred 1 year experience in
a Quality, Food Safety, Regulatory Services, or Engineering area
- Working knowledge of petfood processing and packaging
- Ability and aptitude to work in
an R&D, Manufacturing, and/or Distribution environment
- Understanding of Good
Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP's),
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Systems (HACCP), ISO, Regulatory
Guidelines, Sensory, and/or Microbiology
Decision Making Authority and Impact
- Designing and executing the
Quality and Food Safety System.
- Define and recommend product
quality parameters and specifications.
- Resolution of quality
issues in concert with Operations