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Mars UK • Chicago, Illinois, United States

Corporate Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director, Additives & Ingredients

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Corporate Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director, Additives & Ingredients

As an Associate of Mars Inc., the Corporate Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director, Additives & Ingredients leads cross-segment SRA initiatives related to additives, ingredients, and regulated undesirable substances.

The role partners closely with the segments, actioning scientific and regulatory horizon scanning topics, to support a more proactive approach and/or opens up an opportunity in this technical area. The role leverages fit-for-purpose strategic international external networks to engage to advocate Mars positions. The role plays a critical role in establishing a more advanced compliance and technical advocacy infrastructure (e.g. working groups, technical positions, tookits, etc.) for our SRA Community at Mars.

What are we looking for?

  • BSc. required in a technical area including toxicology, veterinary sciences, biochemistry, pharmacology, or related field.

  • Preferred: PhD. degree in toxicology, veterinary sciences, biochemistry, pharmacology, or related field.

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in SRA.

  • Demonstrated understanding of human and/or pet food regulatory frameworks globally and experienced in navigating regulatory toxicology aspects related to this technical area.

  • Experience with development of technical advocacy positions and external leadership on such topics in relevant FORA

  • Experience in actioning horizon scanning insights to protect or open up opportunities.

  • Ability to manage complex programs, influence stake holders globally, use experience base with intuition to chart future, drive change, communicate and build collaborative partnerships.

What will be your key responsibilities?

SRA SME Focus Area

Focus on the following SRA SME areas that require a cross-segment SRA approach to protect our freedom to operate or are identified as opportunities for the business to activate related to additives, ingredients and regulated undesirable substances in our Pet or Human foods.

Issues/Opportunity Management Related to SME Focus Area:

  • Monitor, identify, communicate, and action emerging SRA issues and opportunities.

  • Lead and drive cross-segment/cross-functional development, deployment and communication of Mars SRA positions, advocacy tools, and topic specific resources.

  • Ensure that Mars is well-informed of emerging topics that may influence current and future government and regulatory policies or regulations.

  • Propose research and science needs/considerations to support opportunities for existing and future product portfolio through the scientific and regulatory horizon scanning and issues management processes,

  • Lead establishment of necessary standards/procedure, metrics, and deliverables to assess impact and influence and show a drive to continuous improvement.

Functional Capability Building Related to SME Focus Area:

  • Works to develop SRA specific tools, trainings, toolkits, etc. to increase SRA capability as outlined in the SRA functional roadmap.

Internal Stakeholder Development & Management Related to SME Focus Area:

  • Establishes and leads cross-segment SRA working groups to support capability building; best practice sharing; and technical excellence in SME focus area.

  • Responsible for coordinating and facilitating approach with segments and stakeholders to driving science-based positions.

  • Act as a subject matter expert to support development of relevant business positions and policies, engaging globally, cross-functionally and across business-segments.

External Network Development & Management Related to SME Focus Area:

  • Leverages their fit-for-purpose strategic international external networks to engage to advocate Mars positions.

  • Establishes and manages any external advisory board needed to broaden perspective and drive a proactive SRA agenda.

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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