Senior Statistician

Mars - Franklin, TN3.9

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.

Senior Statistician

Location - Franklin TN - a pet-friendly office

Purpose of Role

The role of the Dry Global Innovation Center (GIC) Capability Statistician is to use mathematics, programming and visualization to discover, in partnership with the business, opportunities and insights arising from Mars Petcare data systems and projects. Perform statistical reviews of projects, creates designs of experiments, and creates models as part of a working team involved in the planning, organizing, developing and deploying new technology and innovation as it relates to the Global Petcare. Requires ability to use and apply extensive knowledge of many statistical and data analytical skills to execute projects aligned with the overall business strategy. Significant collaboration is expected with all scientists and engineers in the Product and Packaging areas, Pilot Plant management, Quality Services, Supply/Manufacturing and Central Engineering for projects

Principal Accountabilities

Ensure a standardized and consistent approach relating to statistical participation and implementation in all phases of projects
Participate in team technical reviews and testing
Develops analytical models to drive analytic insights
Support the continuous improvement of data science and analytics
Create data analysis plans and develop algorithms to summarize collected data for interpretation and presentation to others
Communicate data acquisition strategies, analysis methodologies, results and insights to key decision makers
As part of a technical team conduct end-to-end analysis that includes requirements specification, data gathering, processing, analysis, and visualization to solve complex problems
Provide relevant and timely data that is congruent and reliable
Design experiments, test hypotheses, and build models that support product, process and packaging development for pet food
Enhance data collection procedures to include critical information relevant for improving Global Mars Petcare systems
Accomplish the objectives agreed with line manager and listed in Personal Development Plan

Critical Functional Competencies

Identify Efficiency Opportunities
Design for Quality & Efficiency
Scale Up & Deploy
Continuous Improvement
Research, Design & Execution
Risk & Opportunity Identification

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge
Expertise in experimental design and statistical data analysis
Design, execute, analyze and review experiments at the pilot plant and factories
Exercises judgment in selecting and adapting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
Proven project planning and management skills
Self-starter with assertive project ownership qualities
Demonstrated abilities to be creative and innovative
Creative, value-added thinking, scenario thinking
Demonstrates the ability to help others adapt to change and to personally adapt to various work environments
Working knowledge of data analytics and industry best practices
Demonstrated project management abilities

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Economics, Analytics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Technology
Minimum 5 years’ experience in an analytics related field
Experience with statistical programming languages (for example, SAS)
Up to 25% of the time for national and international Travel
Successful completion of a drug and background screen

Preferred Qualifications

7+ years’ experience in an analytics related field
MS/PHD in Statistics, Economics, Analytics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Technology
5 years’ experience with statistical programming languages (for example, SAS)
Knowledge or expertise in the use of JMP software
Certificate in business analytics, data mining, or statistical analysis

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.