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Product Development Scientist- Burr Ridge, IL


Burr Ridge, IL, US, 60527


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.


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Mars Ice Cream is looking for a Product Development Scientist!


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Job Purpose:

<span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; padding:0in">This position is responsible for leading the new product development process from concept to launch.  This role includes translating consumer insights to scalable new products based on robust food science principles. In addition, the product development scientist provides maintenance of the existing portfolio, and champions quality and continuous improvement.


<span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; padding:0in">What we are looking for:

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Minimum Qualifications:

  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">B.S. Degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering or related technical field
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">2+ years’ experience in product development within CPG
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"> Previous experience working on innovation projects


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Preferred Qualifications:

  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Food (dairy/frozen) product development industry experience
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Advanced degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering or related technical field


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Job Responsibilities:

  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Design and develop new prototypes that translate consumer insight and wants into product attributes from benchtop through full scale production.
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Collaborates with R&D sub functions and cross functional team members to provide product expertise required to move ideas through the new product launch process.
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Ensures product quality and food safety requirements are defined and delivered through the completion of raw material, finished product and quality specifications. 
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Provides proper documentation (notebooks, written reports) and ensures proper knowledge management for all projects and protection of intellectual property.
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Keeps current with new developments in the field of food science and technology through  competitive product knowledge, trend spotting and supplier collaborations.
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Hands-on experience to become proficient in prototyping and skills required to make all components of finished products and build expertise to apply during scale up. 
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Follows Mars Quality Management Program requirements for the Design and Development of New Products.


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">What can you expect from Mars?

  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career.
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">An industry competitive salary and benefits package. 
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">To be respected and valued<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">.
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">The Five Principles at the center of every decision we make.
  • <span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">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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