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Quality & Food Safety Sr Scientist, External Manufacturing (Hackettstown, NJ, US)

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Job Title             Quality & Food Safety Sr Scientist, External Manufacturing
Reports to          Senior Manager, External Manufacturing
Segment             Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Americas
Function             R&D
Location/Site      Hackettstown, NJ (HKT) or Chicago, IL (GIC)
 
Job Purpose/Overview
The External Manufacturing Senior Scientist role leads external manufacturing quality initiatives in the region to ensure the ongoing production of high quality and safe food products within the external manufacturing network.  This role ensures the implementation of all applicable Mars Global Quality and Food Safety Standards. In addition, supports qualification, product start up, performance management, and process improvement initiatives at Mars Wrigley Confectionery external manufacturing locations. The incumbent will use food science, engineering knowledge, quality management, project management and cost of quality skills to identify opportunities to improve consumer satisfaction, optimize processes and establish measures of quality conformance. 
 
Key Responsibilities
Leads the deployment and compliance of the Mars Global EMQM standard and other applicable standards within the External Manufacturing network
Supports manufacturing site selection by assessing quality capability and food safety systems performance.  Coordinates with the Supply Chain External Manufacturing Team to resolve site selection and audit concerns.
Validates new lines and/or capabilities at assigned sites. Initiates, develops, and implements the External Manufacturing Product Risk Assessments (EMPRA) and Technical Specifications (TS 1, 2, 3) for assigned external manufacturers. Ensures robust change management procedure is in place and verified.
Provides technical support in statistical analysis, problem solving, product disposition, and risk assessment related to externally manufactured products.   
Leads audits, Q&FS training, and follows up on CAPA/CI implementations at the external manufacturing sites
Coordinates and leads incident management and investigation for assigned external manufacturers. This responsibility includes initiation of PRIMPs, on-going interpretation and reporting of information from our consumers and customers, executes the business decision regarding product disposition on non-confirming product and incidents which impact food safety.
Manage the product verification program at assigned sites that will audits the Quality and Food Safety protocols in the production schedule. Support Quality Systems operator with managing and execute testing for the product verification program
Communication disposition on product to relevant parties, support queries related to packaging, donor product, and finished product
Partners with Supply and Commercial to lead periodic reviews with external manufacturers on Quality & Food Safety areas such as consumer and customer complaints, incidents, CAPAs, CI, and standards
 
Minimum qualifications
A BS degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Engineering or related technical field required
Preferred Qualifications
Advanced MS degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Engineering or related technical field
2 or more years of Quality experience in a Food manufacturing facility
 
Knowledge/Experience
A minimum 5 years of experience in a technical area such as Quality & Food Safety, R&D product development, laboratory management quality systems, or food process engineering
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as a member of a team
Experienced auditor with accreditation in GFSI Quality systems such as SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000, ISO9000
Ability to travel 40% of the time
 
Preferred
ASQ certification
Advanced understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), HACCP, Sensory, Microbiology, Regulatory and Food Law guidelines     
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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