Dairy Raw Materials Technologist

Berkshire, Slough
£34,000 -£40,000 + Benefits
16 Oct 2012
16 Nov 2012
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

• Develop our European Dairy supplier base as our Dairy Raw Materials Technologist
• Drive Dairy procurement strategy
• Play a key role in maintaining the functionality of our core brands

Mars Chocolate brands are global iconic products: Mars ®, Snickers®, Twix®, M&Ms® - and more. The Mars Europe Chocolate growth ambition depends on a robust supply of the dairy raw materials which play a critical role in the functionality of our core brands. Against a sector backdrop of price volatility, industry consolidation and seasonal scarcity, it’s even more critical for the successful execution of our Global Dairy Strategy that we remain agile with our material supply base whilst remaining robust against Quality and Food Safety standards.

Reporting to the Raw Materials SQA Manager, you’ll be responsible for the development and maintenance of European Dairy suppliers, to deliver safe, legal and high-quality raw materials into the Mars supply chain. You’ll also drive our Global and Regional Dairy procurement strategy, through translation into a European supplier activity programme. This will involve building internal relationships with stakeholders in Procurement, R&D and Supply. And that’ll mean responsibility for dairy materials from up to 35 suppliers delivered to all European Mars sites.

As a Raw Materials Technologist, you’ll need at least a first Degree in Food Science or similar and a proven track record of quality assurance and auditing in a factory environment. A practitioner of risk management tools and techniques, you’ll have a firm grasp of common raw materials and conversion processes which will complement:

•your knowledge of Quality Management tools and techniques, such as SQA, SPC, LEAN, HACCP
•experience in facilitating and leading technical work-streams with suppliers
•your proven record of problem-solving using scientific knowledge and principles.

IT-literate and quick to learn and operate new systems, you’ll also show a marked ability to perform under pressure, handling several high-profile projects simultaneously. The widespread nature of our supply base will entail significant European travel.

We’re totally committed to developing our people and giving them the ownership and freedom to show what they can really do. So click on the apply button below - what are you waiting for?