Mars UK • United Kingdom

Technician- Science Research

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

The R&D Pilot Plant Coordinator is responsible for the effective day-to-day running of the R&D Pilot Plant facilities. The role involves control and monitoring of trials and equipment within the Pilot Plant to optimize efficiency, product quality and workplace safety and thereby sustain a professional, clean and fit-for purpose manufacturing environment. The role is key to assisting in the R&D teams with advancement of new products and technologies.

What are we looking for?

  • Demonstrated experience working within a food / confectionary manufacturing environment

  • Understands how to produce confectionary products with knowledge of raw ingredient functionality and impact of processing conditions

  • Strong commitment to safe working practices and understanding of standard operating procedures and safety requirements

  • Recognized as team player with flexible working approach

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills

  • Preferred: Experience in food manufacturing industry with knowledge of Safety, Food Safety and Environmental standards

What will be your key responsibilities?

The R&D Pilot Plant co-ordinator has responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Ownership of Workplace Safety, Food Safety & GMP and ensure high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the area

  • Supporting the Pilot Plant Technician B4, e.g. managing contractors and third parties coming into the Pilot Plant to deliver and service equipment

  • Preparing and executing non-routine risk assessment of process or prototyping activities when required

  • Ensuring CCP checks and microbiological checks are conducted along with quality checks prior to PCQI release of prototypes to ensure product is safe and fit-for-purpose

  • Being the functional expert and trainer for the SWORD raw materials and product traceability system

  • Ensuring efficient running of equipment to maintain full prototyping capability

  • Carrying out minor running adjustments to process equipment to ensure optimum capability and efficiency as well as minimise waste; if outside of scope of knowledge, use the escalation process to the Pilot Plant Technician to resolve an issue

  • Ensuring comprehensive records and logs are maintained and effective handovers are carried out

  • Challenging the norm to identify and propose ideas and solutions that will increase efficiency in the Pilot Plant, e.g. cost or time; support using problem-solving techniques through to completion using Lean and CI tools, e.g. 5S

  • Contributing, supporting and improving team performance by working collaboratively to share knowledge and best practices

  • Communicating and / or escalating issues / non-standard running conditions / non-conformity to the Pilot Plant Manager, Pilot Plant Technician or other associates and support staff

  • Creating and maintaining strong links with Mars Q&FS and Product Innovation teams to ensure all standards and best practices are applied in the Pilot Plant, R&D kitchens and laboratories

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 like-minded 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
Bank holiday swaps

We asked employees of Mars UK how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring
Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

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

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
United States
Awards & Achievements
Most flexible Retail & Ecommerce companies

Most flexible Retail & Ecommerce companies

Industry awards 2022