Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Digital Plants Manufacturing Systems Lead

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated and strategically minded Senior Manufacturing Systems leader to join our team. In this role, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our manufacturing IT landscape by developing and leading strategic programs focused on maximizing efficiency, productivity, and cost-effectiveness. You will leverage your expertise in Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) to craft data-driven IT strategies for implementation across the organization, working closely with our corporate IT function to ensure seamless integration.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor's degree in information technology, engineering, business administration, or a related field.
  • Strong experience in manufacturing systems (MES/MOM), with a strong focus on strategy and process improvement.
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing multi-site and multi-region successful IT-driven operational programs for manufacturing.
  • Deep understanding of MES/MOM functionalities, including their strategic value within a manufacturing environment.
  • Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and gain buy-in from stakeholders at all levels.
  • Experience working in a cross-functional environment, including close collaboration with IT teams.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Developing long-term strategic plans for optimizing manufacturing systems including MES/MOM integration and utilization roadmaps, in collaboration with our corporate IT function.
  • Conducting comprehensive analyses of current manufacturing systems and processes, identifying areas for improvement and opportunities to leverage MES/MOM capabilities.
  • Identify and partner with key stakeholders across the organization to develop communication plans and garner support for program initiatives.
  • Monitor industry trends and best practices in manufacturing IT systems and MES technologies, ensuring strategic plans remain future ready.

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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