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Laboratory Team Leader

Laboratory Team Leader

Salary - £30,000 - £37,000 (dependent on experience) plus exceptional benefits

Location – Basingstoke


Mars Drinks is 100 percent dedicated to the workplace, supporting businesses throughout North America, Europe and Asia that want to provide great working environments for their people. We focus our energy and resources on the workplace, with the belief that people are the most important asset to any business.


In 1973, Mars Drinks introduced KLIX® the first-ever fully automatic in-cup drinks vending machine that serves workplaces across Europe. In 1984, Mars Drinks pioneered the single-serve hot drinks category, introducing FLAVIA®, the first system for making hot drinks using fresh ground coffee and leaf teas sealed in individual servings. Our single-serve range includes ALTERRA® Coffee Roasters coffees, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.® teas and DOVE® Hot Chocolate.


We are looking to recruit a Team Leader into the Product Assurance Department, reporting into Global Product Assurance Manager. In this role you will be directly responsible for the Consumables and Packaging Laboratory in Basingstoke. The role requires collaboration both inside and outside of Mars Drinks, due to involvement in governance and project activities. Not only does this provide a breadth of knowledge in the role, but by leveraging this network allows an opportunity to shape the future state within the laboratory. 


In this role, you will:

Work collaboratively with R&D to deliver risk based testing against product validation plan
Lead product verification protocols as required during innovation phase
Direct and perform technical testing following the Product Assurance process
Drive engagement of the laboratory team and manage their development
Present via peer reviews or reports results of product testing to internal customers
Make recommendations to project team on technical solutions to improve quality of new      products
Act as a technology scout and acquire relevant technology to drive efficiencies and effectiveness
Identify and recommend improvements to testing protocols and ways of working
Maintain Mars Laboratory Quality Standard
Continuous improvement activities: Initiate, lead and manage projects designed to optimise laboratory capabilities, performance and costs, while adhering to mandated laboratory standards

To do this role, you will need:

Be proactive in recommending/taking actions to solve technical issues
to improve ways of working

In depth analytical skills and statistical expertise    
Proven experience in working in a laboratory environment
Preferred degree level in a scientific subject

In return, we offer:

Great career progression
Range of in-house training opportunities
Competitive salary, bonus and range of large company benefits

We know it’s important to you to find out as much about us as possible, so following a review of your CV the first stage will be a telephone interview with the hiring manager and a chance for you to ask lots of questions. If successful you will be invited to an interview day in front of our panel. Don’t worry you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.


If this sounds like the right role for you, please click on the APPLY button below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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About the company

Mars is an American global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products and a provider of animal care services, with US$33 billion in annual sales in 2015,and is ranked as the 6th largest privately held company in the United States

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