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Ingredient Development Expert- Franklin, TN


Franklin, TN, US, 37067


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:

The Ingredient Development Scientist is responsible for working cross functionally with Commercial Buyers, Suppliers, Product Development and Supply to identify new ingredient opportunities for the business that are critical to delivering a specified product design. This role is responsible for driving these ingredients through the qualification and approval process ensuring that they are properly assessed regarding any risks to animal well-being or product quality. They will also develop ingredient Specifications which includes identifying the key ingredient attributes to be included on that Specification.


What we are looking for:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3+ years R&D experience with established technical ingredient’s role
  • Strong understanding of the raw material supply chain within the industry


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters or PHD
  • Meat/protein expertise


Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with industry suppliers and commercial buyers to identify ingredients that meet product design and nutritional needs
  • Identification of new ingredient opportunities to deliver cost savings to the business while maintaining or improving product quality
  • Assessing new ingredients for known hazards and ensuring there are controls implemented to minimize the risk of those hazards
  • Utilize understanding and knowledge linked to the raw material ingredient portfolio across all relevant applications and be a key technical point of contact within the business
  • Leverage knowledge of ingredients to help set ingredient management strategy and identify ways to enhance key product attributes and potential savings
  • Responsible for assessing and managing current ingredient in the portfolio to ensure production of high quality, nutritious products
  • Ensure new ingredient opportunities are aligned with relevant stakeholders within the R&D function
  • Support in alignment and management of stakeholders external to R&D
  • Influences and/or develops technical strategies and best practices for ingredient assessments
  • Responsible for development of Raw Material Specifications


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: Nashville