Interview: Senior Technologist Ana Marchan-Garcia
By Mariah Loeber
Q : Hello, Ana! First of all, I want to thank you very much for taking time out of your day to answer some of my questions for my readers!
So, for my first question, I want to ask something basic: What exactly is your job in STEM? I was told that you were a Senior Technologist at MARS. What does that entail exactly?
A: Being a Quality & Food Safety (Q&FS) Senior Technologist really means being an advocate for quality of our Mars Food products, including Uncle Ben’s and Seeds of Change. I work with factory managers and maintenance teams to help lead multiple Quality Management Processes, including Mars’ Internal Audit and Q&FS Management Review. Through risk assessment, I help drive improvements in Mars’ current manufacturing processes and systems by collaborating with different departments and implementing creative solutions to issues. For example, if an incident occurs and a product is placed on hold, I will not only investigate the incident but develop corrective actions to ensure that this does not occur again.
I also participate in external audits and inspections from the Mississippi Department of Health.
Q: What does a typical day in your job look like? And what’s the most exciting part of your day — or something about your job that you enjoy the most?
A: Freedom- let me explain… My job is not the same every day. Although I have responsibilities and deadlines, I love that each day is different. One day I may be pulling a cross-functional team and brainstorming solutions to a particular problem and another day I may be leading quality and food safety training.
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