Associate Scientist Food Safety (Quality, Tech Mgmt, CVS) Job in US

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Associate Scientist Food Safety (Quality, Tech Mgmt, CVS) Job in US

LOCATION: Cleveland, TN, US, 37312


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This position is the primary Quality and Food Safety (Q&FS) partner (‘the face of R&D’) for site Activity Management across all value streams in providing technical leadership in the adherence to the Quality Management Process (QMP) for enabling the execution of Site Engineering and Activity projects to meet all external legislative requirements and all internal Quality & Food Safety global standards.


Serve as key Q&FS stakeholder for all Site Activity, Engineering and CVS initiatives and projects (new equipment installation, infrastructure capital projects, Master Plan initiatives, etc.)

Coordinate QFS input for site engineering projects, CVS, handover process PRP.

Coordinate implementation of mitigation strategies to minimize micro risks associates with capital project work i.e. environmental monitoring, escalated sampling, and temporary hygiene junction, cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

Lead QFS inputs for Asset Health Check; change management and technical risk management at the site.

Responsible for the delivering the quality agenda throughout the CVS process (coordination, management)

Drive Q&FS business initiatives at the Site Engineering and CVS level.

Attend capital project meetings to ensure QFS requirements are integrated early on
Serve as the Q&FS lead in activity management process from inception through realization.

Track Q&FS progress in regards to activity management.

Communicate site activity and engineering initiatives within the site R&D community
Support the site Q&FS manager in reporting Q&FS performance to management.

Ensure adherence to Mars Global Standards into the planning and realization of site activity and engineering projects.

Responsible for coordinating Quality and Food Safety risk assessments for technical change activities; ensure QFS considerations have been reviewed, risk assessed and proper mitigations are in place prior to execution of the change.

Provide Guidance to Site Technical Management Team on Mars QMP compliance i.e. GMP requirements (Utilities, Maintenance, Construction and Layout of buildings, Equipment Calibration)

Manage and coordinate any Food Safety Program changes within the value stream as a result of engineering or CVS activities while leveraging the appropriate Q&FS team resources.

Responsible for providing outlining QFS requirements on engineering projects, developing all the QFS documents, delivering training for associates and creating engineering QFS best practices.

First line Q&FS incident management for any engineering and CVS activities including handling and coordination with outside stakeholders when needed – incident coordinator until RA1. Lead root cause analysis investigation of incidents. Track and report on incident closure.

Context and Scope

This role is a member of the site Q&FS team – the job holder partners with Central Engineering, Site Technical Management and CVS teams and also holds them accountable on Q&FS matters, challenging the status quo to drive quality improvement. Their main interfaces outside Q&FS are with supply (CVS, IE, engineering and operations), PPTS and packaging R&D. They collaborate with the operators in the value stream and CVS on root cause analysis and escalates to support departments or areas as required. Uses existing procedures to solve standard problems, analyzes information and standard practices to make judgements and recommendations.



BS degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering, Chemistry or related technical field and internship in quality and food safety in a manufacturing environment.

Combination of education and 5+ years of demonstrated success in manufacturing/ quality experience.

Demonstrated leadership capabilities in leading/influencing others
Ability to travel up to 10% of the time


Advanced degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering, Chemistry or related technical field.

2+ years of experience in different quality related areas such as raw materials, distribution, or manufacturing.

2+ years of experience in a manufacturing site managing quality and food safety management systems responsible position related to Food Safety or Quality & Food Safety management system.


Food safety risk, identification and management, HACCP and prerequisite controls, GLPs.

Knowledge of and experience with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems
Knowledge of GFSI Quality Systems such as SQF, BRC, FSSC22000 or ISO9000.

Knowledge of GMP, food allergens, pest control, sanitation, and food safety regulations.

Ability to work in fast paced team environment.


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