Mars UK • United Kingdom

Category Strategy and Perfect Store Head

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Lead the Category Strategy and Perfect store team (circa 6 associates) to set the local Category Vision and Pictures of Success that influences key internal and external stakeholders to realize Category Growth through a Category First Approach.

What are we looking for?

    • Strong category and shopper insight experience with a demonstrated ability to develop strong and impactful category solutions which drive category growth and meet shopper, customer, and business needs

    • Strong experience of working with category visions and the ability to operationalise and execute a category vision and engage and influence both customers and key stakeholders behind it.

    • Ability to navigate complex situations and challenge the status quo with a can-do attitude. Self-reliant, decisive, and resilient and able to respond and adapt to a fast moving, swiftly changing environment.

    • Proven ability to stand alone, challenge the status quo and identify continuous improvement opportunities. Self-reliant, decisive, and resilient.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Localisation of the global category vision into a clear category vision for the unit, grounded in a deep understanding of Shopper, Customer and Business needs and opportunities.

  • Shape the Shopper Insight and In-Store test and learn agenda in collaboration with CSI, to inform the development of effective Category and In-store solutions at the key Confectionery locations in store

  • Develop with the teams an integrated picture of success based on In-Store Leadership Principles and prioritised Category growth solutions and activations, ensuring Mars portfolio visibility and presence at point of purchase exceeds market share and perfect store ambitions are realised.

  • Manage through the team and lead Perfect Store work streams – X-Ray, Picture of Success, KPIs, data collation and delivery.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse 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
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