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Food Safety & Laboratory Manager - Relocation Opportunity
Mars | Melbourne, Arkansas
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About Mars


What does it mean to be a privately owned business? At Mars, it means freedom- for our business and for you. Freedom to explore, invent, ask and pursue the passions that get you going every morning. Because here, freedom allows good people to make great products. If you’re open to opportunity, and responsibility, find it at Mars and find others just like you.


About Mars Chocolate


Mars Chocolate Australia manufactures and markets some of Australia’s favourite chocolate brands including Mars®, Snickers®, M&M's®, Pods®  and Maltesers®.

Role Overview


An exciting opportunity now exists in the Chocolate R&D team for a proven Food Safety & Laboratory Manager. Reporting to the Quality & Food Safety Manager, this role will ensure the Chocolate business complies with global Quality & Food Safety standards including HACCP, Microbiological Verification and Site Operational Quality Management Processes.   Managing the Laboratory Team including Microbiological and Analytical Lab, the successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership capability, focusing on continuing to engage the team and driving outcomes to achieve the site Quality agenda.




  • Maintain compliance of the site Food Safety Management Program – HACCP, including continuous improvement and 3rd party certification
  • Lead the laboratories team to manage the site Microbiogical and Analytical Verification Programs including team engagement and development
  • Govern compliance to Mars Global Quality & Food Safety Standards including HACCP, GMP, Traceability, Allergens Management Programs, Mycotoxins, Metal Detection, and PRIMP
  • Lead, drive  and improve the operational Quality & Food Safety business needs
  • Decision maker for accurate and timely stock (raw material and finished goods) disposition decisions
  • Ensuring appropriate Quality & Food Safety training is conducted across the site.
  • Risk assessment, trouble shooting, incident investigation and resolution, determining root cause and appropriate corrective and preventative actions

Qualifications and Competencies


  • Tertiary qualifications in Food Science & Technology or related technical discipline
  • Proven and effective line management experience.
  • Recent experience managing quality systems including HACCP and ISO Quality Management Processes
  • Mars Effectiveness Competencies including building effective teams, motivating others, drive for results, customer focus and integrity & trust.


This role is based at out Ballarat site. Attractive rewards and benifits, along with relocation support offered.

About Mars

Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 65,000 associates at over 370 sites, including 135 factories, in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world's largest food companies, generating global sales of more than $28 billion annually and operating in six business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. These segments produce some of the world's leading brands: Chocolate - M&M'S(r), SNICKERS(r), DOVE(r), GALAXY(r), MARS(r), MILKY WAY(r) and TWIX(r) Petcare - PEDIGREE(r), WHISKAS(r), SHEBA(r), CESAR(r), NUTRO(r), GREENIES(r), and ROYAL CANIN(r); Wrigley - ORBIT(r), EXTRA(r), STARBURST(r), DOUBLEMINT(r) and SKITTLES(r); Food - UNCLE BEN'S(r), DOLMIO(r), EBLY(r), MASTERFOODS(r) and SEEDS OF CHANGE(r); Drinks - KLIX(r) and FLAVIA(r); Symbioscience - WISDOM PANEL(tm), SERAMIS(r), CIRKUHEALTH(tm) and COCOAPRO(r).

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