Senior Technician-Chicago (Chicago, IL, US, 60642)

Mars Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 1 week 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.


The Senior Technician utilizes the proper techniques and procedures necessary to support the execution of Pilot Plant trials/experiments. He or she is responsible for the application of technical knowledge and techniques in the operation of small scale equipment & machinery. This work plays a critical role in assisting in the advancement of new products and technologies.


The Senior Technician role is responsible for:

  • Supporting Pilot Plant related experiments e.g. formula/trial preparation and execution.

  • Calibration and operation of Pilot Plant equipment/machinery.

  • Upkeep and cleaning of Pilot Plant area and equipment.

  • Shadowing of scientists and other experienced technicians for knowledge transfer.

  • Ingredient inventory upkeep.

  • Record documentation e.g. lab book, ingredient lot tracing, experiment observations, trial results.

  • Following department Quality, Safety and GMP policies.

Any other tasks and assignments by line manager.


The Senior Technician role is responsible for following trial test designs provided by cross functional partners. With the proper experience, the technician is there to provide troubleshooting and technical guidance for product and process improvements/efficiencies essential for product scale up.




High school degree required.

Preferred: Some college courses,Bachelors Degree or Associates Degree.

Related Experience/Requirements:

Minimum: 1-2 years in a technical, mechanical, manufacturing role .

Preferred: 2+ years in a technical role in the food manufacturing industry - hands on operational experience with small scale process equipment/machinery.

GMP Experience.

Weight Ingredients Knowledge.



  • Strong mechanical aptitude.

  • Proficient in basic math.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office ,Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

  • Must have strong written, organizational and communication skills.

  • Must be able to work well in a team environment.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to frequently lift/carry 60 lbs.

Must be able to withstand frequent bending/stooping, stressful postures, repetitive motions and standing for extended periods of time (sometimes full 8 hour shifts).

Travel Requirement:
10% due to business needs and partnering with other plant sites in the business on Pilot 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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