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.
This role is responsible to conduct quality verification protocols to ensure that all finished products meet with Mars Quality and Food Safety Specifications. Primarily focusing on Food Safe and Legal conformance, these Quality Conformance associates enable conformance to specification through the verification of execution in quality control protocols and/or monitoring of sampling and testing plans applied to packaging and product. This resource also enables the reduction of food safety incidents and non-quality costs by the immediate escalation of any out of conformance condition detected during verification activities.
1.Initiate PRIMPS and Nonconformance's in Nexus.
2.For smaller sites and legacy Wrigley sites with no supply sample processors collect raw and/or finished goods samples to support a variety of activities such as (but not limited to) the Daily Connection Point Quality Review meeting, micro verification program, product library and hold dispositioning.
Escalate to process areas any out of conformance incidents and collaborate in trouble shooting providing all information needed on product quality attributes until process and product are back in control.
Identify and isolate out-of-specification materials, including placing product on hold, initiating non-conformances and escalating to the correct associates. They are expected to collaborate closely with Material Handling area to ensure all non-conforming products are captured in house.
Performs GDSN audits as required for each new item at the site.
Verifies calibration program activities to ensure overall QMP compliance.
Verifies that procedures to complete quality related documentation are properly executed and information in the records is complete.
Quality conformance associates are required to be part of the HACCP team and Internal Auditors group to support quality and food safety continuous improvement program and CAPA's execution.
Support operations with locating metal in confirmed rejects and trending the number of rejects across the shift to ensure proper escalation
Ensures that only nexus approved documents are used in the packaging line for quality related activities and archives quality related records for further analysis or auditing purposes.
Observe and coach proper entry of weights into the WINSPC system by line operator.
Provides coaching and training to associates to ensure proper QMP understanding, execution of quality control protocols, data accuracy and proper record management control.
Context and Scope
This role partners with Supply Operations and the Q&FS team to drive continual improvement of food safety programs through robust risk assessments, clear procedures and work instructions, trending and reporting.
Support operations thru KAPPA Trained evaluation of finished product attributes and product defects per shift escalation
Support the GMP Lead/Sanitation Manager in the management and verification of the Master Sanitation Schedule to ensure overall effectiveness of the GMP program.
Provides quality related information to operators to enable quality control activities.
Provide support in incident investigations and customer/consumer complaints to enable proper risk assessment and issue resolution.
Supports the maintenance of quality knowledge and skills required in operation associates for proper execution of quality control protocols, proper data documentation and record keeping.
Education & Professional Qualifications
High School Diploma or equivalent required. Internship in quality and food safety in a manufacturing environment
Experience within a manufacturing environment and/or previous quality control experience in a food-related industry.
Excellent written and oral communications skills are essential as these associates often serve as a coordinator of information between functions and across levels of the business
Able to lift up to 50 pounds repetitively
Must be able to work at elevated heights
Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes from hot to
Works proficiently in: Excel, Nexus, Win SPC, Microsoft Office, Outlook, etc.
Ability to establish good peer relationships.
2-3 years of work experience in a food manufacturing environment
Demonstrated leadership capabilities in leading/influencing others
3-5 years of experience in a manufacturing site managing quality and food safety management systems responsible position related to food safety or quality and food safety management system
BS degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering, Chemistry
Experience with practical applied microbiology in factory environments
Ability to motivate and engage superiors, peers, indirect associates.
Advanced understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Systems (HACCP)
Knowledge of food microbiology, food safety, manufacturing processes and food laws
Knowledge / Experience Food safety risk, identification and management, HACCP and prerequisite controls
Knowledge of GMP, food allergens, pest control, sanitation, and food safety regulations
Strong people and organizational development skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Forward thinking, self-directed, capable of making independent actions.
Proven negotiation and problem-solving skills with all levels of staff including senior management
Ability to travel 5% of the time
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.