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Associate Scientist Q&FS C. Improvement (Elizabethtown, PA, US)

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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.
Job Title             Associate Scientist Quality and Food Safety Continuous Improvement - QTB
Reports to          Site Manager Quality and Food Safety
Segment             Mars Wrigley Confectionary Americas
Function             R&D
Location/Site      Elizabethtown, PA / ELZ              
 
Job Purpose/Overview
This position is the primary Quality and Food Safety (Q&FS) partner (‘the face of R&D’) for site Activity Management across all value streams in providing technical leadership in the adherence to the Quality Management Process (QMP) for enabling the execution of Site Engineering and Activity projects to meet all external legislative requirements and all internal Quality & Food Safety global standards.  
 
Key Responsibilities
Serve as key Q&FS stakeholder for all Site Activity, Engineering and CVS initiatives and projects (new equipment installation, infrastructure capital projects, Master Plan initiatives, etc.)
Lead QFS input for engineering related projects within the site, lead CVS, Handover process for Quality and Food Safety and participate in PRP reviews
Define and oversee implementation of mitigation strategies to minimize micro risks associated with capital project work i.e. environmental monitoring, escalated sampling, temporary hygiene junction, cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
Lead QFS inputs for Asset Health Check, Change Management and Technical Risk Management at the Site.
Responsible for the delivering the quality agenda throughout the CVS process (coordination, management)
Drive Q&FS business initiatives at the Site Engineering and CVS level
Attend capital project meetings to ensure QFS requirements are integrated early on
Serve as the Q&FS lead in activity management process from inception through realization
Key interface for R&D related activities within the CVS and Activity Management process
Communicate Site Activity and Engineering initiatives within the Site R&D community
Support the site Q&FS manager in reporting Q&FS performance to management
Ensure adherence to Mars Global Standards into the planning and realization of Site Activity and Engineering projects 
Responsible for Quality and Food Safety risk assessments for technical change activities; ensure QFS considerations have been reviewed, risk assessed and proper mitigations are in place prior to execution of the change
Provide Guidance to Site Technical Management Team on Mars QMP compliance i.e. GMP requirements (Utilities, Maintenance, Construction and Layout of buildings, Equipment Calibration)
Manage and coordinate any Food Safety Program changes within the value stream as a result of engineering or CVS activities while leveraging the appropriate Q&FS team resources
Responsible for providing outlining QFS requirements on engineering projects, developing all the QFS documents,  delivering training for associates and creating engineering QFS best practices
First line Q&FS incident management for any engineering and CVS activities including handling and coordination with outside stakeholders when needed – incident coordinator until RA1. Lead root cause analysis investigation of incidents. Track and report on incident closure
Conduct line trial risk assessment and endorse line trial/raw material exception test forms prior to approval by site Q&FS manager.
Conduct level 2 troubleshooting related to Q&FS and escalate to PPTS for level 3 troubleshooting
Reduce incidents related to change management through building capability with operations and reliability on risk assessments
 
Context and Scope
This role is a member of the site Q&FS team – the job holder partners with the site engineering and CVS teams and also holds them accountable on Q&FS matters, challenging the status quo to drive quality improvement. Their main interfaces outside Q&FS are with supply (CVS, IE, engineering and operations), PPTS and packaging R&D. They collaborate with the operators in the value stream and CVS on root cause analysis and escalates to support departments or areas as required. Uses existing procedures to solve standard problems, analyzes information and standard practices to make judgements and recommendations.
 
Minimum Qualifications
BS degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering, Chemistry or related technical field and internship in quality and food safety in a manufacturing environment, and or combination of education and 5+ years of demonstrated success in manufacturing/ quality experience.
Demonstrated leadership capabilities in leading/influencing others
Ability to travel 10-20% of the time
Preferred
Advanced degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering, Chemistry or related technical field and
2-3 years of experience in different quality related areas such as raw materials, distribution, manufacturing or
2-3 years of experience in a manufacturing site managing quality and food safety management systems responsible position related to food safety or Quality and food safety management system
 
Knowledge/Experience
Food safety risk, identification and management, HACCP and prerequisite controls, GLP’s
Knowledge of and experience with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems
Knowledge of GFSI Quality Systems such as SQF, BRC, FSSC22000 or ISO9000
Knowledge of GMP, food allergens, pest control, sanitation, and food safety regulations
Ability to work in fast paced team environment
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.


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