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CVS Project Lead


Chicago, IL, US, 60707


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/Overview

The Project Lead is a key technical resource for the site and is responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of site and capital projects in terms of development, launch execution, and post launch evaluation. The Project lead will partner with the Value Stream leadership to supervise all commissioning, validation, and start-up activities for projects across the site.  The Project lead is also responsible for providing the technical expertise to the site, including advanced problem solving analysis and resolution, data tracking to identify continuous improvement opportunities.


Key Responsibilities

The Project Lead is the main technical interface with operations and reliability management.  Utilizing a strong technical background, the Project Lead leads problem solving initiatives on the production line by using Lean techniques to resolve operational issues at their root cause. They are responsible for driving project CVS execution.


Context and Scope

 The Project Lead is the value-stream contact for all externally driven activities in their area.  This includes the execution of capital projects as an Operations CVS Lead, the supply response for the activity management process, and the technical support of new product and/or packaging launches. The Project Lead also partners with site engineering and IE resources to develop the site Master Plan.  
The Project Lead works closely with the CVS Manager, Value Stream Managers, Project Managers, Team Leads, and team members based on needs of the project.  The Project Lead is a resource for the Shift Leads, Area Managers and other support managers at the site for input to projects, development of new procedures and guidelines.

Education and Professional Qualifications

3-5 years of experience in manufacturing at Mars or Associates Degree in Engineering, Supply or technical field of study and 2 years of experience in a TPM/technical, manufacturing environment


Knowledge and Experience

Demonstrate a strong ability to troubleshoot and problem solve, Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment, Must be able to lift a maximum of 50 pounds


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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