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Process Engineer Leader - Mars Pet US: Dry, Care and Treats (Relocation available)


Brentwood, TN, US


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.


Process Engineer Leader - Mars Pet US: Dry, Care and Treats  (Relocation available)


This position is responsible for leading and providing extensive knowledge and expertise of scientific disciplines to support Process and Product Development, Packaging, Q&FS, Regulatory, Engineering, Supply, as well as cross functional teams.  This position executes projects for Mars Pet focused on product formats across the Platform. Performs engineering assignments as part of a work team involved in the planning, organizing, and developing new-technology and innovation as it relates to the Pet Unit.  Significant collaboration is expected with all scientists and engineers in the Product and Packaging areas, Pilot Plant management, Quality Services, Engineering, manufacturing environment, and Global R&D Innovation Teams.


What are we looking for?

•  Bachelor's degree in Chemical, Food, Mechanical Engineering or relevant field.  Master's or PHd Preferred

•  Minimum 8 years in R&D or Engineering development; 15 years+ preferred
•  Pet Industry  experience(Dry, Care, Treats) preferred.

•  Proven knowledge and experiences in scientific disciplines such as Process and Product Development, Packaging, QF&S, Regulatory, Engineering and Supply.

• Expert knowledge of unit operations within manufacturing as well as an engineering and scientific perspective

•  Ability to travel as needed.

•  Additional knowledge, skills, and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree program in a related field, or equivalent work experience.
•  Multi-site working experience.
• Proven creative, value-added, results producer


What would your key responsibilities be?

  • Lead expert in projects related to food science principles such as starch gelatinization, meat science, as well as the thermal process for single and twin screw extrusion and injection moulding.
  • Lead expert in microbiological implications in the Dry and Cares & Treats platform.  
  • Provide technical and scientific leadership & support to Process and Product Development, Q&FS, Regulatory, Packaging, Operations, Platform teams, and Cross Functional teams.
  • Builds and maintains the knowledge capture and training of technical associates within the Platform.  
  • Expertise in test plan development, experimental setup, test execution and data analysis to quantify key process and packaging machine parameters and fundamental mechanisms at both pilot and factory scale.
  • Deliver scalable process specifications collaboratively developed with Product Development and Supply Engineering to achieve exceptional product attribute targets and ensure superior product quality and food safety.
  • Partner with the engineering team to assist in the management of scale-up risk and introduction of technology into supply chain.
  • Advise and direct leadership on direction of future innovations.  
  • Scan and deliver IP opportunities in established space as well as greenfield opportunities.
  • Identify and evaluate innovative processing options based on product attribute requirements including evaluation based on technical and economic feasibility.
  • Lead translation of technology ideas into visual, physical models and working prototypes.
  • Lead as the Platform R&D representative and direct the management of scale-up risk, introduction of technology, recommendation of equipment into supply chain and business continuity.


What can you expect from Mars?

•   The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career.

•   An industry competitive salary and benefits package.  
•   To be respected and valued. 
•   The Five Principles at the center of every decision we make
•   The opportunity to work cross functionally, add value and impact a better world for generations to come.




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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