Q&FS & NPD Lead


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Q&FS & NPD Lead



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Job Description:Hybrid working – SloughSalary from £45,000 with annual bonus and amazing benefitsMars Chocolate Drinks and Treats is an entrepreneurial arms-length business focused on extending the Mars brands into new categories beyond confectionery through external partners (suppliers and distributors). The business currently operates in a number of categories: Milk Drinks, Hot Chocolate, Cakes & Bakes, Desserts, Chocolate Spreads, Cake Mixes, Free From and Quick Serve Restaurants across the UK and Europe.We have a unique and exciting opportunity to lead the technical delivery of our Powders category, covering all aspects of supplier/customer relationship management across Q&FS, technical, legal compliance and NPD. We are looking for our next Technical Head to join our dynamic business in Maidenhead. This is a Hybrid working position with the expectation of 2 days per week in the office (as a minimum) with the potential opportunity to work from home 3 days per week.What are we looking for?For the Powders category, we are looking for technical expertise and experience to oversee a wide portfolio of projects. Our ideal candidate will also have a broad experience within food manufacturing from product innovation through to Quality and Food Safety management.A successful candidate will thrive in working in a dynamic, fast-paced and complex environment in a cross functional team. They will be connected to the delivery of the business results gaining business acumen, external perspective and experiencing an agile environment.What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Responsible for all Technical and Quality aspects of this category in the MCDT business.
  • Lead the category to create & deliver creative solutions for new products & packs, working with our co-manufacturing partners.
  • Implement & maintain Mars Quality standards and other Mars Quality initiatives into the category.
  • Lead technical factory audits take place for our contract manufacturers, ensuring the expertise & capability exists to manage & produce Mars products.
  • Own all technical documentation for existing products and ensure these are agreed, updated as necessary and communicated to suppliers, using negotiation skills if necessary.
  • Keep abreast of industry, consumer and technology trends as well as the activity of competitors, while ensuring that these insights are incorporated into the development of a superior product offering
  • On non-conformance & issues resolution, act as the technical point of contact between Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats and the factories.
  • Promptly deal with the factories to solve any technical issues which impact on quality, cost or our ability to supply.
  • Collaborating with external manufacturing partners and internal teams to execute the new product development agenda, leading all aspects of new product development including sample review, trial coordination and artwork.

Key Functional Competencies & Technical Skills:

  • Ideally you will have a Science Degree with a background/experience in food manufacturing/quality or equivalent experience.
  • Allergen management knowledge and risk assessment.
  • Great project management skills.
  • Food manufacturing knowledge/experience.
  • Food Safety Management Programme and Standards (including GMP, GHP, HACCP, allergens).
  • Reactive and proactive risk management experience.
  • Lead auditor/Auditor experience (ideally with qualification).
  • Passionate about Stakeholder management

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by the Five Principles.
  • Join a purpose driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.
  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.

What does the application process look like?After submitting your application, if successful, you can expect a call with a TA Partner and then two stages of interviews with the hiring team, one will be an informal Teams introduction chat, the panel interview will be on-site involving a technical case study, a prepared presentation and competency based interview, as well as a chance to meet the team. We’re committed to accommodating any adjustments you may need to support your recruitment journey.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.

Expected salary

£45000 per year


Slough, Berkshire

Job date

Sat, 08 Jun 2024 05:23:56 GMT

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