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Senior 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 Senior Product Development Scientist!


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

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">This position is responsible for leading the new product development process from concept to launch. This role collaborates with internal (including Global teams) and external teams to launch products and is required to communicate both orally and written, across functions, to facilitate value capture by the business. In addition, the Senior Product development scientist leads priority projects on the Brand, champions’ quality and communicates project status to key stakeholders within and outside of R&D.


<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">What we are looking for:

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

  • <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">3+ years’ experience within product development in CPG
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Strong innovation management experience while leading projects
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Able to handle and lead multiple projects at any given time

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

  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Advanced degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering or related technical field
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"> 5+ years relevant food product development industry experience. ·
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"> Dairy / Ice Cream Product Development experience


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

  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Leads development of new product launches from bench top to full scale production, works closely with cross functional teams and R&D functions (including Global) to coordinate and deliver high quality technical solutions that meet the Desirability / Feasibility/ Viability requirements for product innovation.
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Leads and identifies product quality and efficiency improvement opportunities, manages implementation of the same in factories.
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Requires higher technical expertise and knowledge of the Brand and Mars products, trains and mentors other associates on the team ; assists with knowledge transfer and technical training
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Identifies and develops product development processes to improve Ways Of Working (WOW) for the product development function.
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Acquires hands-on experience to become proficient in prototyping and skills required to make all components of finished products and builds expertise to apply during scale up.
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Partakes in the discovery of new intellectual property, which can be used to drive business growth, Keeps current and brings in possible application with new developments in the field of food science and technology
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Follows Mars Quality Management Program requirements for the Design and Development of New Products.
  • <span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Role models 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">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.


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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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