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Scientist- Product Development (Gum & Mints)- Chicago, IL at Mars, Incorporated

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

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.


Job Purpose:

The Scientist will lead low to medium complexity product development initiatives, from design through the end of the new product development process for Europe, CIS and Turkey.  The Scientist is responsible to effectively scale-up, troubleshoot, and document critical specifications while identifying opportunities for competitive advantage and intellectual property.  The Scientist proactively works with Marketing, Supply Chain, Business Activity Management and other key partners to drive innovation projects for Europe, CIS and Turkey gum & mints brands

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leads assigned growth projects from Development Brief to Implementation and Launch (QuEST), including technical feasibility assessment, effectively translate relevant consumer insights and holistic consumer experience design briefs into product options, prototyping, scientific experiments/DOE, leads/partners with technical services team on scale-up, troubleshoot, robust action plans, risk assessment, contingency planning, and document critical specifications while identifying opportunities for competitive advantage and intellectual property

  • Provides technical assistance to PPTS, IE and Site Quality as needed for successful scale-up and launch, working with outside consultants, suppliers and testing laboratories as needed

  • Effectively communicate and document research protocols and conclusions for peer understanding, while proactively managing regulatory and intellectual property guidelines

  • Builds upon project management and technical development skill through project experience, training, and mentoring.  Responsible for review of progress and development strategies with manager and subject matter experts

  • Connects and leverages global product development team in other regions, Sensory, Science and Technology, to deliver productivity, sustainability and product performance initiatives.  Accelerates deployment of new projects

  • Ensures compliance to internal and external policies, quality standards, and legal requirements


  • Accountable for driving regional new product development projects.  Decision making authority will reside within the design, development and implementation of new products 

  • Impacts quality of own work and the work of others both within the team and cross-functionally

  • Builds knowledge of the company, processes and customers

  • Collaborates with the global, other regions, and cross-functional partners to accomplish business objectives

  • Receives a moderate level of guidance or direction

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science required in a technical area including; Engineering, Chemistry, Food Science

  • 3+ years in R&D

  • Strong technical knowledge of ingredient functionalities, formulation and process development

  • Demonstrated ability to lead low to medium complexity initiatives, particularly across various markets and effectively bring others along

  • Demonstrated leadership and team collaboration competencies, with strong organization and problem solving skill

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, self-directed, forward thinking, and ability to make recommendations with limited information/data

  • Willing to travel internationally (Europe and Russia) up to 20% of time

Preferred Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in chemistry, food science, chemical engineering or related field

  • Ability to translate consumer insights into tangible offering/prototypes


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.