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Q&FS Technologist - Site Sterilization Expert - Greenville, MS


Greenville, MS, 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.



Q&FS Technologist (Site Sterilization Expert)
Greenville, Mississippi

Job Purpose:
This position is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of thermal processes and procedures at the manufacturing site in order to achieve, maintain and audit compliance to MARS thermal processing standards and relevant governmental (city/local) regulations regarding thermal processing of shelf stable foods.


What we are looking for:
Minimum Requirements:

  • Technical degree, preferably a B.S. Degree in Science, (Mechanical, Chemical Engineering, Food Science) or adjacent technological studies (i.e. Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Meat Science)
  • 2+ years in Food Manufacturing environment.
  • Familiarity of food manufacturing equipment and processes for all temperature states (ambient, refrigerated, frozen).
  • Regulatory audit compliance (FDA, GFSI)
  • Awareness of shelf stable food regulations for region ( FDA)
  • Statistics – Microsoft Excel, Minitab, etc.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for effective communications
  • Comfortable with delivering training sessions
  • Advanced thermal process calculation software: Ellab, Calsoft, NumeriCAL, Thermodl
  • Packaging material seal performance and its relevance to food safety.
  • Familiarity with microbiology and food safety of canned foods – Better Process School Training


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree in Science, (Mechanical, Chemical Engineering, Food Science) or adjacent technological studies (i.e. Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Meat Science)
  • Successfully attended a FDA sponsored Better Process Control School.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure full compliance of Mars Global Quality Standards for thermal processing (x2)
  • Design and conduct heat penetration tests using Statistical Process Control for critical factors as a means of designing to worst case based on the plant’s ability to control.
  • Complete analysis of Heat Penetration data in order to establish a thermal process schedule letter.
  • Conduct TDHD (Temperature and Heat Distribution Testing) by analyzing and creating a report of the test situations conducted and impact to the thermal process schedule.
  • Conduct deviation analysis and draft disposition release/scrap reports. 
  • Ensure CAPA’s and PRIMPs are issued for thermal processing related deviations and drive continuous improvement.
  • Maintain deviation tracker to aide in the troubleshooting of retort/control or operator training issues.
  • Manage the thermal process letters by site/line (where needed)
  • Assess impact to thermal processing on intended Project charter changes for ingredients, processing and packaging.
  • Ensure annual retort surveys are conducted by Engineering/Maintenance.
  • Liaise with maintenance & engineering staff to drive improved retort reliability.
  • Ensure annual retort by-pass (i.e. raw-processed product traffic control) assessment is conducted.
  • Ensure electronic system validations are conducted by appropriate personnel regarding (Yokogawa instrumentation).
  • Participate and contribute to the Thermal Processing Community of Practice across the Food segment through the creation of documented practices (NEXUS).
  • Responsible for local thermal processing training modules to new associates, recurring refresher training where relevant.
  • Conducts T5/T6 audits against thermal standards at frequency established by the business.

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: Mississippi

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