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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®.
Position Title: Global Innovation Product Development Scientist
Reports To: R&D Manager
Family: Science & Technology
Location: Thompsons Station, TN (TNT)
Level of Role
Number of Reports
Purpose of Role
Technically lead product and recipe development for new and innovative products and for line extensions in the Petcare segment. To be center of expertise in the area and provide technical training for relevant R&D teams. Represent Mars LLC R&D in the global technical expertise for the relevant segment. Mentor and supervise R&D technologists.
Lead the translation of consumer insights into holistic concepts (product and packaging).
Use appropriate tools to facilitate concept and prototype evaluation (creation and presentation).
Create and aligns product design briefs with project team (Marketing/R&D/Market Research/Commercial).
Specify product design attributes and quality targets.
Own product development within projects.
Support Process Development and R&D Packaging Group.
Contribute product design expertise to unit, regional, and global communities for the pet food segment.
Mentors and supervises NPD technologists.
Follow corporate labeling and claim policy.
Accomplish the objectives agreed with the line manager and listed in Personal Development Plan.
Develop understanding of pet food consumer insights, local market activities (Mars and competitors), and global food/pet food trends.
Build contacts with external design agencies and institutes, equipment and raw material suppliers and apply consumer understanding techniques.
Keep up to date on new developments in the relevant knowledge areas such as human food trends, new raw materials, and animal nutrition research.
Create and maintain personal ties with scientific and technical communities within Mars and externally to enhance current knowledge base.
Design, execute, analyze and review concepts with appropriate tools. Collaborate with both internal (R&D, Marketing, Operations, Engineering, Commercial) and external (Market Research Agencies, suppliers and Research Institutions) to develop products from concept to validation of final holistic product/packaging design.
Provide recipe design and product specifications and own knowledge transfer to Quality, Site R&D, and Manufacturing.
Act as lead product design representative for a project team. Develop, communicate agree product development plans with project team members.
Support R&D packaging group for packaging innovation and continuous improvement activities. Provide product and ingredient expertise to new process development opportunities/needs, and support as necessary.
Provide technical training and knowledge transfer to segment Product developers/Technologists as well as for other functional groups within R&D. Communicate latest technical developments within relevant segment to NPD, PPE and Quality groups within R&D. Be an active member of a global network or community for a relevant technical area.
Supervise NPD Technologist in day-to-day activities, identify technical knowledge gaps and training needs, recommend/provide technical trainings to eliminate the gaps. Act as the key contact for on-boarding & induction of new NPD Technologists.
Follow corporate guidelines for pet food labeling in developing new products and reviewing existing products. Collaborate with Marketers to create maximum value marketing language within the constraints of the guidelines.
Critical Mars Leadership Capabilities
Delivers Consistent Results
Creates Collaborative Relationships
Key Supporting Competencies
Building Effective Teams
Managing Vision and Purpose
Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
Food science / food chemistry
Food safety and hygiene regulations.
Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices
Product development from bench top to production.
Coordinating and leading cross-functional activities
Negotiation and conflict resolution
Presentations and messaging
Pet food technology – directly applicable technologies such as extrusion or formed meat pieces
Pet Food / Feed industry raw materials
Sensory evaluation, Consumer research, Pet food/feed Formulation
Master’s degree or equivalent in Food Science or Food Engineering.
Three (3) years of experience in new product and process development in food manufacturing.
Prior experience must include statistical analysis and design of experiments, as well as knowledge of food ingredients functionality.
Up to 50% national and international travel required.
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.