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Job Description

Job Description:

Join the Corporate Food Safety Hub at Mars: A Key Role in a Global Safety Culture

12 month FTC

Salary from £87,000 plus 20% bonus and car allowance

Flexible location, hybrid remote working with some global travel expecte

Exciting Opportunity in Food Safety Innovation and Global Impact

Are you ready to be at the forefront of food safety science and make a significant impact across a global leader in the industry? Mars is looking for a dedicated professional leader to join our Corporate Food Safety Hub. This is a unique chance to be part of a highly engaged team at a pivotal moment, contributing to the food safety success across all our segments while upholding and advancing Mars' esteemed food safety reputation worldwide.

About the Food Safety Hub: The Food Safety Hub is a team of 8 technical leaders with a focus on:

  • Toxicology: Ensuring the chemical safety of all ingredients and products.
  • Microbiology: Protecting against microbial hazards.
  • Food Integrity: Spearheading defense against food fraud and physical hazards.
  • Food Safety Risk Management: Implementing cutting-edge risk management processes.
  • Material Risk Administration: Overseeing global material risk protocols.

Our team is not just about expertise; it's about impact. We offer expert operational support during incidents and are comprised of associates with hands-on operational experience. Our members have the unique ability to translate complex food safety strategies into actionable programs across different segments of the business.

Your Role and Impact: As a part of the Food Safety Hub, you'll play a crucial role in ensuring a unified Mars approach to food safety risk management science. This involves defining and upholding our food safety practices in every unit and segment around the world, ensuring the chemical safety of all raw and finished materials. You'll be at the heart of identifying and evaluating chemical hazards, enhancing our ability to introduce new ingredients and materials safely, and thus, driving the business growth of Mars.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Extensive experience in food and feed industry, preferably within the field of toxicology.

  • Extensive knowledge in toxicological risk assessment, Preferred: food safety management (including HACCP), and related fields.

  • Expertise in Risk Identification and Management, Quality Management Systems, and Project Management.

  • Preferred: Demonstrated leadership in research, with a strong track record in scientific reporting and presenting.

  • Ability to manage complex projects, influence senior leaders, and communicate effectively across global teams.

  • Willingness to travel globally up to 15% and work remotely to support global operations.

Why Consider This Opportunity?

  • Experience Mars: Gain valuable experience in a world-leading company, understanding our culture, processes, and pioneering approach to food safety.

  • Showcase Your Talent: Demonstrate your skills and knowledge in toxicology, positioning yourself as a key contributor to our team.

  • Potential for Growth: This temporary role is your entrance to a world of opportunities, with the potential to evolve into a full-time position, further enhancing Mars' capabilities in toxicology.

This job is more than a parental leave cover; it's an opportunity to make a difference in a critical area of food safety, with the potential to grow your career at Mars. If you're passionate about toxicology and eager to demonstrate your potential in a global setting, we'd love to open the door to possibilities together.

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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