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Quality & Distribution 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.


Job Purpose:

This role leads and manages Ice Cream BU QMP and Quality and Food Safety for Distribution Centers (RDC) to ensure the implementation of all applicable Mars Global Quality and Food Safety Standards and Regulatory standards. The incumbent manages, improves & deploys throughout the Distribution network, the Food Safety elements as defined in Mars Global QMP's.  This position is a critical enabler in the development of Ice Cream Market Unit Quality policies and execution of QFS Standards compliance, relevant processes, systems, procedures, and trainings to support the safe and legal distribution of our products.


What we are looking for:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering or related technical field
  • A minimum of 3+ years of experience in a technical area such as Quality & Food Safety, Warehousing & Distribution, R&D product development, laboratory management quality systems, and/or food process engineering
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time


Preferred Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering or related technical field
  • 3+ years of Quality experience in a Food manufacturing facility
  • Auditor with accreditation in GFSI Quality systems such as SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000, ISO9000


Key Responsibilities:

  • Partners with Sr. Q&FS Manager to develop and implement QFS strategy for QiD, and works with cross-functional partners to execute and deliver on commitments
  • Coordinates and leads incident management and investigation for RDCs. 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.
  • Lead the deployment and compliance of the Distribution Quality Management (DQM) standard and other relevant Mars standards across the RDCs for our products and the service providers
  • Partners with cross-functional associates in Supply, Product Development, Packaging, Planning, IE, Logistics, Commercial, Global Q&FS to understand business strategies, key priorities, and drive the ice cream/frozen category agenda with the various teams.
  • Supports RDC site selection by assessing quality capability and food safety systems performance.  Coordinates with the Physical Logistics Team to resolve site selection and audit concerns
  • Reviews and develops period Metrics Reporting, Audit program, Quality Systems, Product Disposition support, Q&FS Training, and reviews feedback from the customers and consumers pertinent to the RDC
  • Provides direction and influence for the development, implementation of CAPA and Continuous Improvement of all programs related to RDC sites
  • Supports BU in Recall and Traceability activities pertaining to non-conforming product.


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.


Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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