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Sr Scientist NIR Application Development

LOCATION:  Chicago, IL, US, 60642
A mutually rewarding experience


Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.  Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.


About Mars, Incorporated 


Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Job Purpose/Overview

The NIR program delivers over 10 million analysis results per annum steering production at 90% of Mars plants, as well as assessing raw material quality before use. The NIR Network Senior Scientist works as part of a team of technical experts responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the NIR calibration portfolio for raw materials, intermediates and finished products across all Segments, and the governance of the instrument network through performance metrics.




 Develop, validate and implement high quality, fit for purpose qualitative (fingerprinting) and quantitative calibrations to support inbound, in process and finished product control and verification across all NIR platforms.
 Execute the Calibration Portfolio Lifecycle Management process across all NIR platforms: review of calibration scope (product representation), performance (accuracy and precision), continuous improvement and retirement of calibrations within the Mars NIR calibration model portfolio.
 Clarify customer need in regard to NIR current and future capability, and maintaining a high level of customer focus and ensure that projects are delivered on-plan, on-time, and on-budget.
 Act promptly on deviations/troubleshooting in the NIR instrument and network verification metrics, to ensure the NIR systems are providing accurate and trusted data.
 Escalate where appropriate all global NIR key network performance metrics and communicate agreed metric (KPI’s) to the LLT and/or segment QLT’s.
 Ensure effective communication with client groups of significant changes due to NIR calibration model updates to the business preventing disruption of local operations.
 Coach and develop regional laboratory NIR community to provide local, timely NIR support within the regions for new instrument installation and troubleshooting.
 Manage small NIR projects required for implementation of calibration models for new and existing NIR instruments at new manufacturing sites or production lines across the world.
 Participate and/or execute complex NIR development projects for new chemometric techniques, identification of new technologies, hardware & software

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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