Associate Scientist - (Confections Food) Product Science

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.



The role is compelling for candidates who are passionately curious in their field of work, have an appetite to advance in their scientific field through foundational & applied research, and motivation to solve complex technical challenges through science and technology competencies. 

The position contributes to the growth of R&D capabilities, develops best practices that impact how technologies & processes are implemented.  The Associate Scientist is an entry level role that is expected to have a technical background along with high learning agility which will allow the individual to grow and develop technical capabilities in gum/confections product formulation and processing.

The role of the Associate Scientist in Product Science is to contribute to research programs focusing on gum and confections ingredient functionality, formulation and processing.  The incumbent will be a technical point of contact within cross functional projects and have interaction and collaboration with internal SMEs, CBUs, Supply Chain and Technology groups.  This position will learn under the direction, guidance, and mentorship of advanced scientist roles.


• Works under the guidance of senior team members in order to contribute to advanced level research programs which will deliver new solutions aligned with the strategic priorities of the business.
• Accountable for leading basic research projects, partnering with fellow scientists and learning from senior team members.   
• Provides technical support across R&D, commercial and Supply Chain
• Provides technical reports associated for assigned projects to internal stakeholders. 
• Contributes to the IP identification and filing within gum and confections product/ingredient technologies.
• Trained to perform lab testing on specified instruments used as performance indicator tools
• Addresses and supports the business if any related technical needs or issues arise
• Provides data analysis, conclusions, recommendations and technical updates to project teams.
• Additional responsibilities include: planning and executing daily laboratory work, testing material performance, conducting factory trials, generation of data to support mode of failure and finished product specifications


• Provided guidance and learn proper techniques to work in lab, pilot plant and factory settings with safety and quality being the first priorities.

• Developed to understand ingredient functionality, product and processes of gum and confections products.

• Coached by senior team members and line manager is ways of working, key stakeholder analysis.

• Utilize knowledge to provide technical support for projects that span across Mars/Wrigley R&D, Commercial, and Supply Chain.

• Develop a strong technical foundation for future use to influence project direction and what is technically possible with product/ingredient formulation and processing.  


BS. in Food Science or related technical science discipline required

• Technical background with a strong mechanical aptitude skilled in confections/gum formulation and processing.

• Collaborate with cross-functional project teams and will be expected to be the technical support for confections/gum formulation and processing.

• Demonstrate experience managing projects.

• Experience planning and executing laboratory/scale up work in support of new ingredient research, process optimization and troubleshooting ingredient performance. 



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.


Full time
Thompson Station, Tennessee 37179, US