Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Commercial (Procurement) Strategy & Performance, Global Senior Manager

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

This role is accountable for performance managing the MGS Commercial roadmap and responsible for building best practices and benchmarks into our strategy and execution. This role is critical to drive change through upskilling capabilities on People, Process, Tools and Systems to ensure the commercial function delivers high performance on a consistent basis. MGS Commercial partners with the business segments to efficiently procure goods and services from suppliers.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience;
  • Extensive experience in Procurement related fields, experience in Indirects is an advantage;
  • In-depth understanding of procurement fundamentals & strategic sourcing is required;
  • CPG industry experience is a plus but not mandatory;
  • Proven results in category management and building commercial capabilities (tools, process, systems);
  • Strong communication and influencing skills;
  • Demonstrable leadership ability of planning, managing and delivering complex projects at a cross-functional or enterprise-wide level;
  • Strong change management credentials, ability to develop a compelling vision & execute the strategy with excellence;
  • Strong business acumen, analytical & quantitative skills;
  • Ability to drive for results in the pursuit of challenging stretch goals;
  • Proven ability to make sound decisions in complex and/or ambiguous business environments;
  • History of building internal and external relationships and interaction with management at all levels;
  • Working in complex internal organization setting – partnering and influencing across functions and markets regionally and globally.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • You oversee the entire MGS Commercial Performance program, implementing a rolling three year transformation roadmap including functional effectiveness, Procurement scorecard and Productivity Governance to steer the team to ensure results delivery year on year;
  • You contribute strongly to the development, communication & implementation of the team’s performance goals and strategies;
  • You lead the development & delivery of MGS Commercial Performance Excellence objectives & strategy ensuring the alignment to the business needs and the team’s overall objectives and strategies delivering through the network of Strategy & Performance leaders in regional & category teams;
  • You are accountable for the delivery of the agreed business financial objectives and key performance indicators;
  • You provide a connection point between the global leadership team and the sourcing teams to provide visibility of performance, identify opportunities & risks, and escalate issues where appropriate;
  • You ensure that all the procurement team is giving the right level of support, adoption and responsiveness on procurement effectiveness related aspects; and ensure activities are appropriately resourced;
  • You develop simplified & standardized templates, tools and processes for deployment across the Mars segments that enhances overall performance and flexes to meet varying stakeholder needs across the organization;
  • You work with other functional leaders to step change the quality of data and enable more relevant and actionable insights to set the right targets and manage performance;
  • You lead both internal & external benchmarks for the function to drive and enhance functional performance;
  • You lead procurement processes, establish & execute governance cadence to measure and review strategic sourcing performance across all MGS Commercial scope, including but not limited to:
    • Capturing category value delivery (savings)
    • Forecast of inflation
    • Risks & opportunities pipeline
    • Net impact in the P&L
    • Category strategies

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
Bank holiday swaps
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

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

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
United States

Awards & Achievements

1st – Large companies

1st – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023
3rd – Large companies

3rd – Large companies

Flexa100 2023
Retail & Ecommerce

Retail & Ecommerce

Industry awards 2022

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