Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Senior Scientist Food Safety (m/f/d)

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

The is an exciting opportunity to join the Regional Quality & Food Safety team in a newly created role as Senior Scientist Food Safety QTA. The Regional Senior Scientist Food leads activities that enable the continuous improvement of the Food Safety Management Program across the 10 factories in the Mars Wrigley Europe region. The job holder will leverage their specialist technical knowledge to input into the regional MQM process (including Material Risk Assessments and raw material specifications) for both new and existing raw materials, and may also support with food safety recommendations during incident management. Preferrred location would be Slough (UK), Poznan (Poland) or Veghel (Netherlands).

What are we looking for?

  • Minimum BS degree in Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering, Chemistry, or related technical field

  • Relevant years’ experience in a Quality & Food Safety role in the food industry or related industry

  • Strong functional knowledge of Food Chemical and Physical Hazard management in relation to raw materials and food factory production environments

  • Experience of Food Safety standards eg. FSSC2200, GMP/GHP, and HACCP

  • Toxicological knowledge of raw materials & familiarity with ingredient sourcing processes

  • Strong communicator and relationship builder with colleagues in other functions and colleagues working remotely

  • Proven and effective project management & organizing experience

  • Visible passion, behaviour, and leadership around Mars’s Quality principle

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Develop and utilize specialist technical expertise across raw material categories to provide input into the MQM process, including Material Risk Assessments (MRAs) and raw material specifications for Chocolate and Ice cream

  • Responsible for the Food Safety & Food Fraud Hazard Analysis evaluation within Raw Materials Risk Assessments

  • Responsible for the verification of the overall quality of the Material Risk Assessment, including verification of Supplier and Mars control measures

  • Responsible for the Food Safety input into Raw Material Specifications

  • Provide Food Safety expert support to realize the Raw Material Inbound Verification Test program

  • Where necessary, provide food safety recommendations during incident/crisis management

  • Support Food Safety expertise capability building in the region though Food Safety trainings.

  • Participate as regional Q&FS expert into regional/local projects to provide Q&FS expertise in the area of food chemistry

  • Work closely with the Global Mars Wrigley and Corporate Q&FS teams, to represent the region during the development of segment and corporate Food Safety standards, to ensure that developed standards are relevant and fit-for-purpose for our region

What can you expect from Mars?

  • 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 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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Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

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

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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