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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.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

Purpose of Role:

Day to day co-ordination of the Raw Material Receiving laboratory in line with global standards and monitoring regimes, while respecting the laboratory budget

Principal Accountabilities:

This position may include any of the following accountabilities:

  • Day to day co-ordination of the Raw Material Receiving laboratory in line with global standards and monitoring regimes, while respecting the laboratory budget
  • Escalate non-conforming raw materials to Q&FS manager and other appropriate parties.
  • Lead and/or participate in root cause investigations.
  • Ensure conformance to all legal and legislative requirements including support during audits and inspections
  • Manage the metrology of equipment in the Raw Material Receiving laboratory and Extrusion room
  • Conduct inventory and order supplies for the Raw Material Receiving laboratory
  • Coordinate Ring Test participation and performance
  • Participate in the raw material cycle count inventory as required
  • Manage the raw material and finished product retained sample room
  • Collection, preparation, coordination, and dispatching of samples to required RC laboratories and external laboratories for relevant analysis
  • Utilize laboratory computer software to provide data on historical raw material receptions to various departments and as part of traceability team.
  • Liaise with Q & FS Manager, Flow team, Commercial team and SQA team to ensure good communication and relationships with raw material suppliers
  • Support continuous improvement of the Raw Material Receiving laboratory and RM Reception
  • Develop and improve all internal interdepartmental relations and external stakeholders
  • Updating management on Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Perform area-related equipment first level maintenance
  • As required, identify, approve and/or put on hold the reception of goods according to reception procedures
  • Perform audit to external warehouse to ensure that samples are taken according to SOP
  • Perform internal audits per MGS
  • Manage plant Environment, health and safety within RM receiving & Laboratory Department
  • Provide with the QFS manager updated recipes into Supervision and Navision software
  • Provide receiving documentation to finance to ensure timely payment.
  • Any task as delegated by Manager

CLEANLINESS & TIDINESS

  • Ensure proper housekeeping of the lab & the warehouse is done on a daily basis
  • Perform 5 S audits
  • Perform operational cleaning operations
  • Any task as delegated by Manager

QUALITY & FOOD SAFETY

  • Guarantee and apply ISO 9001, 22000, 170025, Mars Standards, and all related working procedures
  • Support  the HACCP program in the department
  • Follow GMP-GHP in the area
  • Inform Shift Supervisor of quality deviations according to product standards and production procedures
  • Maintain CCPs and oPrP’s in the department, if applicable.
  • Perform the CCP and oPrP’s procedure according to SOPs, if applicable.
  • Report any pest activity to related Manager
  • Detect and report raw material quality problems during the stock period
  • Ensure all quality checks at receiving of Raw Materials
  • Any task as delegated by Manager

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge:

  • Previous experience as a laboratory coordinator or team leader, preferably in a food/feed plant laboratory 
  • Good communication skills to liaise internally and externally, as well as to assist in motivating, training, and improving the Raw Material Receiving team
  • Technically inclined with computer skills
  • Unrestricted range of motion, self-motivated, initiative, team player, color discrimination, odor sensitive and texture perception, depth perception, safety & hygiene & quality conscious

Desired Education:

  • University education in food science, chemistry, laboratory recommended

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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.