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Project Coordinator/Lead


Victorville, CA, 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.


CVS Lead - Job Description


Position Title:          CVS Lead

Reports To:             CVS Manager 

Segment:                 Petcare

Family:                    Business Operations

Function:                 Manufacturing, Operations

Location:                 Victorville California

Job Level:               B4




CVS Lead supports the planning and execution of product and business projects in terms of development, launch execution, and post launch evaluation. CVS Lead will partner with the CVS Manager to support all commissioning, validation and start up activities for specified projects.

Note that primary responsibility will support the commissioning of new equipment over a two to three-year period of continuous improvement project work, then transition into a full-time associate role after that time.




  • Support all CVS activities including project launch execution
  • Coordinate commissioning, validation and start-up for major and small minor projects at the site
  • Communicate with Site management ensuring appropriate resources are in place
  • Develop the CVS plan including Global Best Practices for Quality & Food Safety
  • Create Standard Operating Procedures
  • Transfer equipment knowledge & operation through factory directed training or personal hands on training
  • Create detailed work instructions for temporary support of new projects
  • Set up and chair meetings related to CVS activities and project information
  • Resolve cross functional issues and agree on actions, follow up on actions, define and report on milestones
  • Support site CVS activities including coordination of resources, collaboration with engineering group,  

     leading cross-functional decision-making teams concerning project activities, developing the CVS plan,  

     creating standard operating procedures and maximizing the operational effectiveness of start-up

  • Although not directly responsible for the CVS budget, the Lead must make decisions based on budgeted

     amounts and understand its trade-offs

  • Support Vendor Acceptance Testing/Factory Acceptance Testing as needed for projects
  • Deliver projects safely with high quality on time and within budget
  • Lead new equipment and agreed on performance metrics including TRS, Production Reliability, MTBF

     & loss elimination

     opportunities throughout the site and implement lean solutions to reduce waste, improve yield, increase

    TRS, and maximize productivity, labor and equipment utilization

  • Support the hand-off to MSE ET Pillar is done with proper step-up cards during the validation and start up.
  • Create SOP’s for all new processes and equipment
  • Collaborate with maintenance to assure all PM’s are completed
  • Collaborate with Maintenance and Project Manager to assure all spare parts have been accounted for
  • Support lean execution programs - including lean training and implementation of lean programs




  1. Action Oriented
  2. Functional/technical skills
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Planning
  5. Motivating Others
  6. Process Management





  • Strong understanding of current factory process in both Making and Packaging
  • Strong analytical, communication and influencing skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to transfer procedures and training experiences to others
  • Comprehensive understanding of the CVS process, lean thinking methodology and their application to the

     Site environment

  • Quickly adapt to Mars policies, objectives and organizational structure
  • Understanding of the change management and capital appropriations processes
  • Awareness of quality and food safety standards within a food manufacturing facility




  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated presentation skills
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership and learning on the fly
  • Knowledge of Mars quality systems and lean manufacturing principles and MSE Program preferred
  • Experience across multiple business functions desired
  • Strong working knowledge of manufacturing, warehousing and engineering functions in a food processing/ distribution facility




  • Associates degree in related science or business field or two or more years’ experience in a manufacturing environment with experience in project management and CVS experience for a major or complicated process




  • Input into choice of vendor and acceptance
  • Review equipment, machinery, processes and systems with references to project business objectives and conformance to technical, regulatory and safety standards
  • TRS performance and shorter learning curves with proper CVS techniques
  • Waste reduction costs during learning curve
  • Recommendations and input to engineering for design and installation for new and existing projects and equipment
  • Collaboration with R&D for process and product development including new flavours,
  • Training budget management for new and existing projects




CVS Lead has responsibility for planning, organizing and executing systems and equipment related training for contract employees, technical and Operational associates.

No direct management responsibility of Associates. CVS Lead has responsibilities for managing, training vendors, Associates and contractors on site including ensuring the availability of quality training programs.

Responsibility for training and developing CVS Techs for new projects. 



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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