Mars UK • United States of America

Agile Innovation & Human Intelligence Senior Manager

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

***This is a hybrid role based in the US or UK requiring two days a week in office from our Chicago, Newark, London, and Slough sites

We are seeking a motivated and entrepreneurially-minded Human Intelligence Senior Manager to assist the organization in delivering faster, bigger and more relevant innovation across the Snack and Treats space.

To be a top performer in this role you will need to be ready to use a wide range of agile innovation methodologies and tools. We work in agile sprints, and you will work with cross-functional teams from around the world. You will lead global projects, so experience working with other countries and cultures will help.

What are we looking for?

It would assist if you have had experience in working within ‘agile’ teams, however it isn’t mandatory. An agile mindset however is a MUST! You will need to be able to identify winning concepts early and reliably, as well as killing poor ideas quickly. All of your recommendations will be anchored in deep human insight.

You will need to leverage both your passion and your research expertise to effectively execute a wide range of innovation experiments across the total Innovation funnel, from exploration, to validation of ideas and concepts, to in-market test & learns.

You will ideally have:

• Degree in Marketing / Consumer/Shopper Insights / Market Research or related field

• 5+ years’ experience in Innovation and/or consumer/shopper insights and market research

• 2+ years experience within the CPG industry

• Experience across multiple markets/cultures globally preferred

Key Competencies/Capabilities you will need to have mastered include: Cultivates Innovation, Manages Ambiguity, Collaborates, Communicates Effectively, Nimble learning, Balances Stakeholders.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Execute Innovation projects in a human centric agile way, leveraging human intelligence and foresight to design experiments and learning plans based on prioritized hypotheses

  • Build agile innovation insights capabilities, and both source and utilize state-of-the-art, fit-for-purpose agile tools and methodologies

  • Capture, codify and share learnings in real time so other sprint teams can benefit from your learnings

  • Assess the potential of various innovation opportunities and help business to prioritize. Provide data and facts to kill poor ideas early

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 like-minded and talented Associates, all guided by The Five Principles.

  • Join a purpose driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.

  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.

  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.



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.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave

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Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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