Mars, Incorporated Supplier Quality Assurance Scientist/Technologist, Nuts - Ch in Chicago, Illinois

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A mutually rewarding experience.

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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.

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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.

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Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, operates six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

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Mars brands include: Petcare ? PEDIGREE, ROYAL CANIN, WHISKAS, BANFIELD Pet Hospital, CESAR, SHEBA, DREAMIES and NUTRO; Chocolate ? M&M?S, SNICKERS, DOVE, GALAXY, MARS, MILKY WAY and TWIX; Wrigley ? DOUBLEMINT, EXTRA, ORBIT and 5? chewing gums, SKITTLES and STARBURST candies, and ALTOIDS AND LIFESAVERS mints. Food ? UNCLE BEN?S, DOLMIO, EBLY, MASTERFOODS, SEEDS OF CHANGE and ROYCO; Drinks ? ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS?, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY?, KLIX and FLAVIA; Symbioscience ? COCOAVIA and WISDOM PANEL.

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Mars Confectionary is looking for Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) Scientist/Technologist - Nuts in the Hackettstown, NJ or Chicago, IL areas.

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The SQA Scientist role is part of the regional Supplier Quality Assurance team (SQA) within the Commercial division. The holder of this role is responsible for the development and maintenance of regional Nuts suppliers through the Supplier Quality Assurance program to deliver safe, legal and high quality raw materials into all regional Mars sites. This role covers the supply base for the regions business units. The role is responsible to develop and maintain technical business relationships with the supplier base and building internal relationships with stakeholders in Procurement, R&D and Supply. The jobholder is also responsible for delivery of the Global and Regional Nuts procurement strategy through translation into a supplier development program. The job holder will have responsibility for Nuts raw materials (peanuts and tree nuts: Hazelnuts, almonds, and cashews). Responsibility for raw materials delivered into chocolate sites in the region and support to other regions.

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Key Responsibilities:

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+ Communicate Mars Quality Management Process (Mars QMP) standards to the Nuts suppliers and support their development to those standards.

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+ Ensure the SQA elements of the Material Quality Management (MQM) process (Material Risk Assessment, input to Specifications, Supplier verification activities) are implemented.

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+ To lead supplier audits, representing Mars in a professional way motivating suppliers and building technical partnerships to deliver against the SQA quality performance measures.

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+ To agree corrective and preventative actions with the suppliers and ensure the progress is reviewed.

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+ To motivate suppliers to deliver year on year improvements in quality performance through the SQA process.

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+ To manage and resolve quality exceptions with the supplier and internal stakeholders in order to minimize business impact.

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+ Leading and supporting incident and crisis investigations related to the Nuts raw materials.

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+ Build Nuts Technical expertise, and contribute to the Global SQA Nuts community to drive harmonization, best practices & Quality improvements.

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+ Drive big Quality improvement projects or interventions, like Nuts transport standard implementation & Nuts spec harmonization.

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+ Being SQA expert on Nuts transport & Cleaning station practices for the region and Globally, developing our Bulk transport and unloading standards in cooperation with Q&FS, and responsible to implement these at our Nuts supply chain.

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+ Lead, from a technical point of view, any regional raw-material projects relating to Nuts materials. Co-ordinate and manage trials with suppliers to introduce new raw materials and/or new suppliers.

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+ Ensure the impact of supplier quality performance is communicated to the buyers and buying operations.

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+ Giving quality