Mars UK • Waltham, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Director of Pathology, Europe and International

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Discover an exceptional opportunity within the esteemed Mars Petcare Division, Science and Diagnostics, where we proudly house the renowned Antech Diagnostics brand. We are currently seeking a visionary Director of Pathology to inspire and lead across our Europe and International regions.

Antech Diagnostics is at the forefront of innovation in pet care, and as part of the Mars family, we are committed to creating A Better World for Pets. Our diverse team is dedicated to fostering growth and development while embracing inclusivity and diversity. Join us in shaping the future of veterinary diagnostics and making a meaningful impact in pet care worldwide.

While this position offers remote work flexibility, it does require a minimum of 50% travel.

About the position

In this role, you will be responsible for strategizing, maintaining, and further developing our pathology services by fostering associate engagement, driving innovation, and ensuring financial success. Collaboration is key, as you will partner closely with our North America Pathology, Quality Assurance, Operations, and Consultation Services teams to ensure alignment and stay updated on client satisfaction and service changes.

What are we looking for?

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, ensuring clear and effective interaction.
  • Strong analytical prowess and adept problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated capacity to prioritize tasks efficiently, maintaining focus on key objectives.
  • Deep-seated passion for aiding both people and animals, driving impactful contributions.
  • Impeccable organization and adept multitasking within dynamic environments.
  • Prior experience in a laboratory setting is advantageous, demonstrating familiarity with lab protocols.
  • Proven track record of successful collaboration with clients and management, essential for seamless operations.
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision, potentially in a remote capacity.
  • Familiarity with Dragon software is beneficial, enhancing workflow efficiency.
  • Fluent in English, ensuring effective communication across all channels.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) degree or equivalent
  • Board Certification(s) in Pathology required
  • 5+ years’ relevant experience, with a mix of Veterinary medical expertise, business acumen, and leadership experience

What will be your key responsibilities?

Responsibilities include developing and implementing professional development projects, fostering growth through active participation in pathologist meetings and client relationships, leading and developing a skilled team, overseeing digital pathology implementation, strategic planning, conducting performance reviews, and ensuring financial success. Additionally, the role entails attending conferences to maintain client and vendor relationships and present on innovation.

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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