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Senior Specialist Scientific and Regulatory Affairs


Chicago, IL, 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.



Job Purpose/Overview


As an associate of global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (SRA), the Senior Specialist SRA performs a variety of scientific and regulatory activities to ensure compliance globally of our raw materials.  The role also supports SRA business processes, standards and systems development, deployment and continuous improvement through metrics.   This position partners with R&D, IT, Commercial, Corporate teams to provide regulatory support these activities.  . This position proactively monitors the regulatory environment relevant to the business, analyze the business impact, and takes action as appropriate to mitigate risk.


Key Responsibilities




  • Leads Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s global ingredient review process, including maintaining databases with key regulatory information and documentation on ingredients to ensure compliance in Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s products worldwide.
  • Supports the company’s global ingredient harmonization activities, and support regionals SRA in the preparation and submission of technical documents, dossiers and petitions to regulatory bodies and governments in order to gain approval of ingredients
  • Coordinates global SRA change management program for ingredient, formula and packaging




  • Support the improvement of regulatory functionality in the recipe system and drive harmonized global business processes
  • In collaboration with regional SRA subject matter experts, build strategic framework of future systems configuration




  • Deep understanding of business needs and external SRA environment to develop and drive necessary activities related to key topics important to Mars Wrigley Serves as a strategic partner for regional SRA associates and business stakeholders on key technical topics.
  • Proactively monitors and interprets existing and proposed regulations, conducts risk and opportunity assessments, and propose clear recommendations to the business.
  • Leads Regulatory Change Management harmonization and standardization for MWC through partnership with regional SRA and Mars Corporate.
  • Provides critical support and leadership to SRA Standards impacting SRA.
  • Represents the company position on external trade associations and committees.
  • Serves as regulatory resource for external suppliers and internal partners, including R&D, Legal, Commercial, etc. to address regulatory questions/issues.
  • Provides support to quality processes and Quality Management Process (QMP) principles




  • Provides global regulatory guidance to key stakeholders on innovation projects, with a focus on ingredient and recipe compliance and claims risk assessment.
  • Supports MWC’s Health and Wellness (H&W) strategy by providing global regulatory guidance


Context and Scope


The Senior Specialist SRA applies technical, organizational, and project managerial skills broadly to provide leadership and guidance to R&D, Legal, Commercial, IT, Corporate Affairs, other internal partners and Mars SRA partners on regulatory matters, recommend options and implement solutions to resolve problems to assure regulatory compliance of our ingredients and products.


  • Works with a high level of independence, based on regulatory knowledge and experience, to make decisions and deploy best practices that assure global compliance of ingredients, mitigate regulatory risks, and maximize the company's freedom to operate.
  • Works internally and externally to reach consensus and ensure governance on policies, systems, standards and business processes related to regulatory compliance that have broad impact across the company.


Job Specifications/Qualifications


Education & Professional Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Food Science, Food Safety, or Food Process Engineering is required
  • MS in relevant science area (above) and additional training course work in regulatory science is preferred


  • 5 years' or more of experience in regulatory affairs at a food, beverage, or consumer products company is required
  • International regulatory experience is a preferred
  • Experience with confectionery products and ingredients is preferred



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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