Mars UK • United Kingdom

Data Architect

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

At Mars Petcare we have one Purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. Through comprehensive veterinary care, nutrition, breakthrough programmes in diagnostics, wearable health monitoring, DNA testing and pet welfare, we help pets in more than 130 countries.

The Petcare Segment consists of five Divisions: Pet Nutrition, Royal Canin, Mars Veterinary Health, Kinship and Science and Diagnostics. All five Divisions have a shared ambition, to become Powered by Data.

Integrating and analysing the diverse data from across our brands allows us to develop a richer understanding of the pets and pet owners we serve. These insights provide us the opportunity to individualise pet care, create new science and be a force for good. We believe that pets make the world a better place, and every day we strive to create a better world for them.

What are we looking for?

  • Deep and rich experience in working with data and deliver business-changing data solutions
  • Comfortable working across different time zones
  • Great inter-personal skills and insight imparting capabilities with the ability to inspire and take senior leadership on the data journey
  • Proven ability to guide and partner with senior technical leaders
  • Excellent understanding of Compliance, Data Protection and Privacy principles and practices including GDPR & CCPA
  • Great at developing new relationships, driving positive change, and demonstrating a highly innovative approach
  • Ability to motivate and influence highly skilled professionals to achieve major organizational goals
  • Ability to communicate complex subjects in a clear and simple way
  • Superior planning, project management skills
  • Willingness to travel internationally as needed

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Lead the data design of solutions for large solutions, projects and programs; through expert knowledge translate high-level business requirements into data models and appropriate metadata, test data, and data quality standards
  • Direct large specialist teams to undertake the delivery of a comprehensive data-centric project, seeing the whole picture and how the components combine and interact
  • Manage senior business stakeholders to secure strong engagement for the solution, gather requirements and ensure that the delivery of the architecture aligns to longer-term strategic roadmaps
  • Ability to develop a prioritised backlog across the architecture
  • Work as part of the program management team on large programs, governing and shaping the delivery of projects. Work closely with external suppliers to ensure solution makes best use of technology and meets requirements
  • Simplify the existing data architecture, delivering reusable services and cost saving opportunities in line with the policies and standards of the group
  • Lead collaborative team working with other areas within the wider Data & Analytics function to ensure that all solutions are complete, operable, conform to business processes, and meet the business needs with the agreed quality of service
  • Responsible throughout entire project lifecycles for the end-to-end solution architecture of the project and compliance with enterprise data model and logical data groups
  • Provide clear, continuous, and consistent data architecture leadership at a detailed level within the solution
  • Provide mentoring and coaching for engineers and technical leads
  • Ensure the end-to-end solution is fit for purpose, meet the needs of business, the IT strategies, the agreed requirements, and governance principles/frameworks and are both pragmatic and supportive of the strategic architecture direction
  • Lead and participate in the peer review and quality assurance of project architectural artifacts across the Data & Analytics function through architectural and design forums. Report key architecture decisions and implications to the wider Data & Analytics Function
  • Participate from time to time in the supplier selection process, evaluating usefulness and cost of products and making appropriate recommendations
  • Expected to carry out core accountabilities with minimal level of supervision for complex tasks and no supervision for more routine matters
  • Drive project knowledge back to the enterprise data model and ensure that it evolves correctly
  • Lead the design, development, implementation and maintenance of complex data systems and solutions
  • Develop conceptual, logical and physical data models to support data science, data analysis and business intelligence
  • Create and maintain current- and target-state data architectures
  • Ensure an architecture that drives improvements in data quality
  • Oversee end-to-end data life cycle management activities
  • Work with IT teams, product managers and data analytics teams to understand data consumers’ needs and develop solutions
  • Evaluate and recommend emerging technologies for data management, storage and analytics

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
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