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Sanitation Technician


Lebanon, TN, US, 37090


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.


Purpose of Role

The Q&FS Sanitation Operator is responsible and accountable for completing daily, weekly, monthly, etc site sanitation in accordance with Q&FS standards, QMP procedures, and site master sanitation schedule requirements.



Reports To


  • Sanitation Manager
  • Sanitation Lead



Principle Accountabilities

  • Adhere to personal safety practices that meet OSHA & Mars standards to assure a safe environment for yourself and others.  Maintain open communication with site safety committee and site safety manager.
  • Operate within specified efficiency/productivity standards based on raw material storage and usage policies and procedures.
  • Operate within specified efficiency/productivity standards based on formulation and packaging capability.
    • OGSM
    • KPI
  • Operate within established finished product Q&FS specifications for each formula.
    • GMP
    • HACCP
  • Constant evaluation of physical and sanitary conditions of the facilities and or equipment within designated areas throughout the plant.
  • Both routine and non-routine as required of specialized cleaning machinery such as floor scrubbers and mechanical lifts.
  • Accurately document all efforts against the Master Cleaning schedule.
  • Fill out missed task log when necessary.
  • Assess cleaning practices and make suggestions and/or changes for continual improvement in performance and efficiency.
  • Adhere to all site specific SSOPs.
  • Support when requested non-routine tasks associated special projects, testing, and onetime events.
  • Assist in assuring adequate sanitation tools, cleaning supplies are available, properly stored, and labeled. 
  • Adhere to the master sanitation program.  Perform sanitation activities as defined by Sanitation SOPs.
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement projects through proactive and reactive efforts including incident investigation and implementation of corrective/preventive actions pertaining to Q&FS.
  • Maintain continuous communication with site functional teams to assure complete awareness of the manufacturing process in compliance with Q&FS and performance objectives.
  • Support Business Unit teams for the continuous improvement of Royal Canin existing and new products and/or processes.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.


Mission Critical Competencies

  • No compromises in regards to Royal Canin’s Quality and Food Safety principles
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Dealing with ambiguity
  • Creativity
  • Integrity & trust
  • Self-development
  • Quantity of output of work
  • Quality of work output
  • Team & unit contribution
  • Productive work habits
  • Functional/Technical skills


Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • HACCP and food safety management



Key Experiences
  • Mars safety policies and procedures
  • HACCP & GMP policies and procedures
  • Q&FS testing practices and procedures, and QMP polices



  • GED or High School Diploma



Site Required Training

  • Safety
    • Machine Guarding Awareness
    • Walking and Working Surfaces Awareness
    • Slips, Trips, Falls, Ladders
    • Associate Awareness
    • Confined Space Awareness
    • Lockout Tag-out
    • Heat Stress Awareness
    • Emergency Preparedness Awareness
    • Combustible Dust Awareness
    • PPE Awareness
    • Working at Heights / Fall Protection Awareness
    • Hearing Conservation Awareness and Audiograms
    • Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness
    • Hazard Communication
    • Electrical Safety Awareness
    • Air Emissions / Pollution Awareness
    • Spill Response and Prevention
    • SiG Awareness
  • Quality and Food Safety
    • HACCP
    • GMP
    • Glass and Hard Plastic
    • Knife Policy
    • Food Defense
    • Towel Policy
    • QMP
    • PRIMP


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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