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Senior Ingredient & Formulation Scientist


Nashville, TN, US, 37024


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.



Senior Ingredient & Formulation Scientist - Nashville, TN


The Dry Global Innovation Centre (Dry GIC) team plays a key role in contributing to the delivery of our Pet Nutrition growth sufficiency ambition. This is achieved through the delivery of main meal innovation projects across our different global portfolio boards & brands including Pedigree, Whiskas, Iams, Nutro & Crave deployed across different markets and regions.

The scope of these projects varies in the levels of complexity but typically encompasses innovation which covers ingredients, processes, packaging & product designs 

The associate in this role will be expected to contribute in the development of winning ingredients and product propositions based on pets, pet parent insights and new ingredients technology including sustainability aspects. They will work closely with Ingredients Suppliers, Commercial & Supply partners in lead markets as well as with the other R&D teams across Dry GIC to deliver projects which are technically robust.



What would be your key responsibilities?


  • Systematically identify new ideas and opportunities to unlock variety of ingredients proposition to allow business growth globally and ensuring effective communication and engagements of key stakeholders.
  • Initiates and manages a variety of Ingredient science activities, including developing project proposals, research planning, design of experiments, method development, conducting and leading experiments from laboratory to prototype kitchen and pilot scale, analysis and discussion of results applying rigorous scientific and statistical methods, etc.
  • Implements improvement of global brands product performance through advances in Palatability, Stability, Digestibility, Nutritional Quality, Sustainability, and optimal ingredient interactions and provide training and support on those validated ingredients propositions.
  • Build and maintain internal and external networks to ensure up to date understanding of cutting-edge developments in ingredients.
  • Participates in the advancement of formulation efficiency and standardization projects.


What are we looking for?


  • Degree in biological / life / food sciences / nutrition or equivalent. Preferably a Master’s degree or higher.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in research and development and/or technical role in the field of raw materials in a business environment and/or recipe formulation.
  • Broad understanding of the Food, Feed or Phamaceutical industries, consumer trends and scientific innovations
  • Knowledge in feed or food formulation and nutritional content of raw materials.
  • Understanding of Petfood or Food consumers, market opportunities, recipes, raw materials and processes constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural teams and with people coming from different discipline and business areas.
  • Ability to communicate and transfer knowledge to others in various forms.



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.



If you’re passionate about our brands, a great strategic thinking, deliver high quality decision and have a high drive for results, then we want to hear from you. Click ‘apply’ in this position.




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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