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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.
The Associate Scientist shall provide analytical and technical support for the accurate and timely analysis of ingredients and finished products as required by major stakeholders in the Mars Wrigley Confectionery (MWC) using routine methodologies. This role will work with cross-functional partners in Science, Technology, Quality & Food Safety, and Commercial.
Global Innovation Center (GIC) creates and maintains the competitive advantage for MWC by bringing the highest quality product to the consumer. The Analytical Science team evaluates, develops and implements quality systems and provides analytical expertise to support the business objectives of MWC by providing strategic technical direction, analytical methods and protocols as well as technical and quality training to its customer groups. Analytical Science collaborates with its customers and suppliers to integrate MWC's Quality Systems and analytical protocols to enhance customer service and products. Analytical Science is responsible for identification, assessment and implementation of new analytical technologies that support product and process development across all MWC functions. Analytical Science also conducts product and ingredient testing, method evaluation-development-validation, technology transfer and technical training to support MWC worldwide.
Train and guide analysts in aspects of the laboratory and Global Quality policies where they are trained and proficient.
Operate, verify calibration of and maintain core instrumentation (UV-Vis, auto-titrator, balances, etc.) and related support materials
Prioritize and organize day-to-day work flow with input from managers.
Conduct laboratory determinations using basic techniques such as titrations, pH, moisture, refractometer, densitometer, water activity, hardness, particle size analysis as applies to key components such as gum base, sweeteners, flavors, etc.
Understand and independently execute internal and compendia methods.
Provide accurate and timely data generation for compendia, MWC and vendor methods including calculations and interpretation of results.
Perform basic technical writing for the generation of routine standard operating procedures, test methods and other laboratory or quality protocols with assistance.
Assist in core product analyses and related project support such as, shelf life studies, etc., with strong guidance of Manager or more senior staff member.
Analyze, evaluate and interpret routine results to ensure data integrity and accuracy as well as report out of specification of aberrant data.
Provide limited mentoring and training in core areas (instrumental analysis and wet chemistry)
Understand the basics of how to run analytical test methods on food ingredients and core products.
Active participant in a team environment demonstrating engagement in the Mars Five Principles
Ongoing support of laboratory continuous improvement initiatives for processes and protocols.
Understand and follow safety requirements when working in the lab.
Build broad knowledge in areas of analytical chemistry through cross-training and by actively engaging in your development.
Participate in Quality and Safety audits.
1+ years minimum experience in the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical or related industry or equivalent analytical laboratory
Prefer a minimum of 2 years experience
Strong communication skills
Proficient in and consistently uses Good Documentation Practices
Excellent individual time management skills
Build personal interpersonal and relationship skills with guidance
Develop technical skills within core technologies with mentoring from more experienced scientists
Experience in word processing and spreadsheet analysis such as Microsoft Word and Excel
Familiarity with basic ISO/FDA laboratory requirements and statistical methods such as regression and trend analysis, mean, standard deviation, relative standard deviation
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.