Mars UK • Chicago, Illinois, United States

Director, Marketing Capabilities

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

In order to achieve our purpose-led growth ambitions and continue to build on our heritage of building iconic brands and experiences, Mars needs world class, industry leading marketing. This means we need to have great marketers with leading edge capabilities, tools and methodologies. These need to be developed and embedded throughout the business, to keep pace with consumers and to get ahead of future capability needs.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Relevant training and/or learning and development certification
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive marketing experience, with at least 5 years in a leadership role and experience in global marketing strategy and execution with exposure to providing training, learning and development for marketing individuals.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in capability building and change management
  • Deep understanding of marketing principles, possess excellent project management and communication skills, and have a keen eye for identifying opportunities to optimize marketing capabilities.
  • Strong understanding of marketing technologies, tools, and platforms, with a track record of successful implementation and adoption.
  • Proven ability to lead cross-business teams and understand interrelations of different business units to drive effectiveness.
  • Working knowledge of tools and systems to promote digital learning. Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and collaborate at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and managing high-performing teams, with a focus on mentoring, coaching, and talent development.

What would be your key responsibilities?

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive global marketing capabilities strategy that enhances the company's competitive advantage within the Mars capability building framework (honeycomb)
  • Ensures continuous improvement of marketing capabilities aligned to x-segment business strategies.
  • Ensures that Mars Marketing is constantly evolving and remains competitive in an ever-changing landscape. (digitalization, marketing automation, new business models, etc.)
  • Leads the development, implementation and delivery of new capability building programs and career development guidance in partnership with internal customers and 3rd party vendors.
  • Drives improvement and adoption of existing learning solutions and programs.
  • Leads the localization, implementation and adoption of marketing processes and tools globally.
  • Ensures critical Marketing associates have robust functional development plans in place, in partnership with their line managers.
  • Partners with business partners to define Marketing career pathing at Mars in line with updated capabilities framework.
  • Collaborates with segment and regional Marketing leaders to define capability development road maps and needs and identify gaps vis-à-vis a defined proficiency.
  • Actively engage with outside forums to identify critical new marketing capabilities, tools and practices to Infuse into Mars
  • Supports Marketing teams across Mars through coaching and training delivery.
  • Establishes and manages internal collaboration networks to foster sharing of best practices across Mars.

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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