Mars UK • Netherlands

Dairy Supplier Quality Assurance Technologist

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Supplier Quality Assurance Dairy Technologist


In the manufacturing of our chocolate products dairy raw materials play a very important role and we require that the quality standards of our suppliers are carefully managed. Continuous improvements must be sought in collaboration with our internal factory network and through supplier partnerships. As a Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) technologist, you play a major role in this.

On a daily basis, thanks to your expertise as SQA technologist, you ensure Supplier Quality Systems are in place to meet Mars Q&FS standards and enable the delivery of materials to Mars sites. You will be developing new and existing suppliers to deliver our growth and commercial targets while ensuring they meet the Mars Global Quality standards. A key requirement of the job is to continually review and drive improvement of these standards through supplier auditing, risk management and influencing the dairy supply base to continually improve their quality performance.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Assessment and confirmation of dairy supplier capabilities to meet Mars standards by supplier risk assessment, audit, and review of analytical data.
  • Representing Mars managing suppliers and building technical partnerships to deliver against quality performance measures and dairy program requirements.
  • Resolving raw material non-conformances through thorough root cause analysis and defining corrective and preventive actions with suppliers and good follow-through.
  • Technical development of the supplier base for future development/innovation/growth with Sourcing teams.
  • Leadership and project management of key regional quality program spokes through great project management and collaboration with R&D and supply.

What are we looking for?

  • Minimum Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a Science or Engineering discipline or equivalent
  • 4+ years experience in the Dairy Industry
  • 5+ year supplier auditing experience, Food Standard Lead Auditor (BRC, FSSC or equiv.)
  • Practitioner of risk management tools & techniques
  • Knowledgeable in quality management tools & techniques experience e.g. GMP, QMP, LEAN, HACCP.
  • Experience in facilitation & leading technical work-streams (with suppliers).

What can you expect from Mars?

  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.
  • Hybrid working
  • 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

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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