Mars UK • United Kingdom

Associate Scientist Product Development

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

The Associate Product Development Scientist is an important role within the Europe R&D Innovation Delivery System 1 organization. It is responsible for insight development, design, development, and translation of product innovations for the Favorites areas of growth, with a primary focus on Chocolate. This role will also be responsible to execute regional value leadership and supply security projects. This role will be part of a team that will provide deep technical product and process understanding and will work with lead markets to develop insights to drive innovation. The incumbent will be responsible for product development activities and is accountable for the execution of the allocated projects within the Europe R&D Delivery System 1 team.

This position requires technical know-how to execute a number of projects, looking at new perspectives to solve existing and new brand solutions within a specified area of the Chocolate portfolio. As a regional Associate Product Development Scientist, this role may work on all product categories, based on the needs of the business to enable flexible resourcing of projects.

The role of the Product Development Specialist is responsible to drive growth, efficiency, and quality through leading, championing, and executing Global Chocolate Technology programs and projects through the development of new best practices in chocolates, raw materials, and processes. This position will also serve as a global technical subject matter expert and provide business technical guidance, both tactical and strategic.

What are we looking for?

Minimum: Bachelor of Science or degree equivalent in a technical area including engineering, chemistry, or food science is required.


  • Project management skills.

  • Experience working in the kitchen, Lab, or pilot plant.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and learning agility.


  • Experience in working with outside vendors to deliver project requirements

  • Hands-on experience in the development and successful launch of new products, packages, and processes in FMCG

  • Experience working with marketing and Supply

  • An essential understanding of the key scientific principles associated with food systems and ingredient/process interaction is critical

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Responsible for delivering product development activities and is accountable for the execution of the allocated programs to bring projects through to commercialization.

  • Ensures that product development designs are delivered for the brands and to meet the brand KQA’s.

  • Ensures that the product development process is carried out such that project timelines are met.

  • Ensures that the product specifications are as accurate to ensure correct costing.

  • Responsible for delivering MQM requirements for any new materials introduced in products developed.

  • Ensures that Product quality and Manufacturing quality performance measures standards and corrective actions are specified for each new and current product to ensure performance at the required level for all manufactured products.

  • Works within cross-functional teams to ensure that desirability, feasibility, and viability are evaluated for all projects as part of the development process.

  • Works closely with R&D Factory Innovation peers to ensure products developed can be scaled effectively within existing internal manufacturing technology capabilities.

  • Collaborates with regional R&D peers to ensure the effective technical delivery of the project.

  • Regional travel will be required to factories as well as key markets.

  • Direct responsibility for project expense budget

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Our pay range for this role is £33,000-£42,000 a year depending on experience

  • 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 a company bonus.




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.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave

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Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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