Offers “Mars”

Expires soon Mars

Pilot Plant Technician

  • USA
  • IT development

Job description

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.

Mars Petcare is currently seeking a Pilot Plant Technician in Thompson Station, TN

Purpose of Role
This position is responsible for the onsite facilitation of all pilot plant experimentation including the analysis of test matrixes, operation of equipment, procurement of all test materials, documentation of results and responsible for recommendation of key next steps. Standard days/hours for this role are Mon – Thursday 7-5:30 .

Principal Accountabilities

• Set up pilot plant equipment and prepare resources based on test design and parameters
• Operate of a wide range of equipment including existing systems as well as new technology
• Document all critical testing criteria and critical observations throughout experimentation
• Document and catalogue required quality control documents including thermal process evaluations
• Document pilot plant trials, interpret results and recommend action plan
• Responsible for maintaining associate safety and food safety at all times in the Pilot Plant
• Manages records and receives inventory to and from the Pilot Plant. Informs the Pilot Plant manager when new product or raw material needs to be ordered.
• Provides Quality control for finished product produced in the Pilot Plant and ensures that all products leaving the site are safe.
• Use creativity and innovation to solve mechanical or organizational problems occurring during experiments, test trials and production runs. React to getting assignments completed in a timely, effective manner.
• Plans, collects materials for, and executes trial production and development tests.
• Develops and updates Standard Operating Procedures for equipment and procedures in the Pilot Plant.
• Collects and analyses data on critical process parameters to draw conclusive decisions from results.
• Interacts with Product and Process Development as well as other R&D associates to discuss test objectives and results. Documents test results.
• Cleans and sanitizes equipment/machinery and plant facility according to good manufacturing and sanitation practices.
• Performs other tasks as assigned.



• BA/BS in Physics, Engineering or similar, OR equivalent work experience to include a broad and diverse knowledge of food production, scheduling and maintenance.
• Mechanical skills and knowledge of food manufacturing.
• 2 years’ work experience
• Strong written and verbal communication skills combined with problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Must have ability to learn to operate any of the process equipment, as well as understand process and product testing requirements.
• Ability to travel when required.
• Current driver’s license.
• Ability to lift 55 lbs.
• Ability to climb ladders and work at heights.
• Ability to drive a forklift and pallet jack.

• Varied knowledge in different types of food manufacturing areas
• Understanding of food sterilization
• Understanding of the extrusion process
• Familiarity with Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Lotus Notes

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.

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