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Mars Packaging Engineer - Supplier Quality Assurance in Saint Charles, Missouri

OPEN LOCATION - Near any major airport

Job Purpose:

The primary role of the Supplier Quality Assurance Coordinator is to ensure compliance to the “Suppler Management” and “Supplier Risk Assessment & Approval” sections of the MQM standard. This role will have accountability for conducting supplier audits across various portfolios including Essentials, Proteins, Fats, Packaging materials, Vegetables and Grains. This role will have direct accountability for delivering Global metrics related to supplier Audits and Assessments, provide input to the PRA and MRA, qualify new suppliers and drive supplier compliance to Mars Quality and Food Safety requirements. The objective is to mitigate any recall risk, and most importantly assure that we are delivering the best Quality of products to our consumers. This individual is responsible for the delivery of exceptional business results in the following key areas of ingredients

•Complete internal and external supplier audits

•Resolution to audit corrective actions (s-CAPA)

The role operates in a pet friendly, open office environment supporting natural pet nutrition and making the world a better place for pets.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assessment and confirmation of a suppliers capability to meet Mars standards of supply through:

  • Performing the SQA audit in a timely manner

  • Review of analytical data compliance

  • Performing and review of process capability trial data

  • Verifying that supplier hazard controls are operating effectively

  • Support the supplier to address gaps in Q&FS management identified in audits

  • Partner with the buyer in ensuring the material specifications are reviewed, understood and agreed by the supplier

  • Be aware of and assess changes to a suppliers capability to meet the Mars Specification

  • Ensure that all suppliers are assigned a current status with defined supply and verification requirements

  • Conduct supplier reviews according to MQM standard

  • All other responsibilities as assigned

Context and Scope:

Interact with :

  • North America Factories

  • North America Factory Management Teams to facilitate the supply chain

  • Formulation and Regional Lab

  • Commercial

  • Regional and Factory Q&FS

  • Sustainability

Technical Skills:

  • Impact of raw material on Nutrition & Food safety

  • Raw Management Quality at Mars (MQM) and related Standards (HRCI/Mold and Mycotoxin)

  • Supplier Quality Management

  • Auditing Proficiency

  • Influencing

  • Knowledge of GFSI and ISO 9001 standard

  • Analytical capability

  • Risk and opportunity identification

Job Specifications/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Food Science, Engineering, Business Operations or similar technical field

  • Need to satisfactorily completed during the first year an accredited Lead Auditor training course (or actively progressing towards this certification if a SQA auditor) to enable IRCA/RABQSA/or equivalent certification

  • Knowledge of food safety and raw materials requirements

  • Knowledge of methods of analysis for raw materials, familiarity with respective laboratory equipment.

  • Experience of monitoring projects at supplier sites

  • Well-organized, disciplined, attentive to detail

  • Persistent to achieve development goals, problem solving

  • Good common sense, decision quality

  • Influencing, communication and negotiation skills.

  • Free to travel in and outside of North America up to 50% of their time.

  • English: read, written, spoken. French is an advantage.