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Sr. Scientist Flavor-Mint Science

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Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60642

Date: Mar 14, 2018

Requisition Number: 150086

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.

Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, operates five business segments including Petcare, Chocolate/Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums,



The Technical career band is compelling for R&D associates who are passionately curious in their field of work, have an appetite to advance in their scientific field through foundational & applied research, and motivation to solve complex technical challenges through science and technology competencies. 

The associate contributes to the growth of R&D capabilities including developing best practices that impact how technologies & processes are implemented.  Flavor Development is a critical and leading capability for Mars Wrigley Confectionery.  This requires a strong Flavor/Mint Science Program that can provide leading-edge flavor systems and technologies. 

A critical role within the Global Science team is a Sr. Flavor/Mint Scientist to lead research initiatives which increase the foundational understanding of flavor science as it relates to areas such as flavor chemistry and trace volatile analysis, identification of key sensory compounds, flavor formulation and consumer drivers.  Also, to deliver against projects which ensure a secure and flexible supply of key ingredients, such as mint and other strategic raw materials, and deliver optimal product performance, value and scale through flavor. 

The Sr. Flavor Scientist is expected to have a high level of technical skills across a breadth of disciplines and be able to demonstrate a high level of learning agility.  They will share knowledge and insights with the business and partner with suppliers, universities and research consortia to strengthen Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s global position in gum and confections. 

Key Responsibilities

• Leads projects\ programs which will deliver new solutions aligned with the strategic priorities of the business
• Leads research projects to increase the fundamental understanding of flavor/mint science and deliver new ingredient technologies and favor formulations that drive performance value and scale
• Provides flavor chemistry expertise and advanced flavor and sensory analysis (GC-MS, GC-Olfactometry) to identify key odorants, tastants and other chemosensates in finished products and raw materials
• Explores novel scientific approaches to help support the validation of new scientific hypotheses and technologies 
• Proactively provides technical insights on emerging science and new technologies related to flavor
• Provides data analysis, conclusions, recommendations and communicates research results to key stakeholders and higher management
• Provides technical leadership and expert flavor support to R&D and the broader business
• Trains and mentors other associates on flavor chemistry and flavor science
• Collaborates with Commercial, NPD, CBUs, Quality, Regulatory, Legal and other Mars segments
• Partners externally with suppliers, universities and research consortia


Drives new learning and development of ingredient technologies within the flavor category.  Ensures a secure and flexible supply of key ingredients, such as mint and other strategic raw materials. Executes with excellence and influences key stakeholders in decision making based on strong science to support the portfolio of flavor projects.  Seeks new approaches and technologies to provide novel opportunities to the business. Works closely with internal and external partners on identifying, building and executing the Flavor/Mint Science team’s pipeline of opportunities. The incumbent will report to the Sr. Manager Flavor/Mint Science as part of the Global Flavor/Mint Science team, and the current role does not include direct reports.


BS in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science, or related discipline with 8+ years of related work experience
-- OR -- 
MS degree in Science with 4+ years of work experience within food or flavor

PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science, or related discipline and 1+ years of related work experience


Skilled in flavor chemistry, formulation and analytical and sensory analysis.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, 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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