Process Development & Implementation Manager- Ft. Smith, AR (Ft. Smith, AR, US, 72916)

Mars Fort Smith , AR 72916

Posted 2 months ago

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.

Job Purpose:

This position oversees all projects and activities, including the development & execution for Process development for all formats within a given wet manufacturing site. The position is accountable for leadership of the PPI Technologist at the manufacturing site. The position also has leadership/ownership of Product and Process Implementation and Continuous Improvement management to achieve the highest metrics for increasing Quality performance and Process capabilities for the Mars Petcare manufacturing site within the wet platform. The position has ownership of R&D business processes at the Mars Petcare manufacturing site and overall R&D leadership of major expansion plans at the manufacturing site.

What we are looking for:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related scientific degree

  • 5+ years in R&D or Engineering development

  • Previous experience in a food, petfood, beverage or related manufacturing environment

  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related food Engineering field

  • 7+ years of work experience in engineering or research and development in a Food manufacturing environment

  • 2+ years of team leadership experience in FMCG environment

  • Previous people management experience

  • Start up or expansion in plant experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Line management of the manufacturing site Process Development and Implementation Team

  • Overall R&D site leadership of expansion projects including standard run conditions & process/product validation of new manufacturing lines.

  • Contribute to strategy development for Process R&D as part of the Process R&D leadership Team

  • Accountable for development and implementation of the given Site Process Development strategy and understanding of current capabilities.

  • Provides critical deep functional competency and leads the resolution for key technical business issues and Process related opportunities

  • Provide input on the required process technologies and platforms needed to deliver against the company's 3-5yr goals.

  • Leads all new product and process implementations in the factory

  • Key Owner of R&D's relationship and Ways of Working with Site Supply Team

  • Identifies & exploits continuous improvement opportunities in the factory to continuously improve efficiency, quality and product performance and consistency

  • Develops and directs site Process Development and Implementation Team staffing and training strategies to ensure technical competence, creativity, teamwork and broad business knowledge leading to continued technical leadership in R&D

  • Influences and/or develops best practices/standards on as part of the Global Process CoP.

  • Responsible for the integration of new Process from both Global Innovation Center and other external sources to the manufacturing site.

  • Supports the functional expertise to generate and develop new and enhanced manufacturing processes as part of the businesses do it best efforts

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.

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