Mars UK • United Kingdom

DS2 Factory Innovation Engineer

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

*The Talent Acquisition Team is taking some time out over the end of the year to spend with friends and family. As a result, you may not hear from us until January 2023. But feel free to apply if you’re interested in this role:

The factory innovation engineer is a key role within the Delivery System 2 R&D organization. They drive market-leading innovations together with complex freedom to operate initiatives, through working with the global R&D teams, Engineering, Operations, and Commercial in both internal and external factories. They will also have responsibility for assisting the development of the detailed specification for running conditions of any new process for current or new factories within the DS2 scope and work hand in hand with regional DS1 partners.

This position requires deep technical know-how to execute a program of projects, looking at new perspectives to solve existing and new factory process solutions. The job holder has the excellent drive for results, great project management skills, a creative and entrepreneurial growth mindset, and an ability to create strong networks and relationships to drive the innovation agenda. They work independently with some guidance to deliver the allocated programs.

What are we looking for?


  • Proven Project management skills typically acquired through 3-5 years of professional experience in leading projects or as a technical member on cross-functional teams

  • Hands-on experience in the development and launch of new products, packages and processes

  • Experience working in factories as well as Lab or pilot plants and managing scale-up between these facilities

Non-Essential / Preferred

  • Well-developed persuasion and influencing skills

  • Collaboration skills with different cultures

  • Experience working within Flexible and hybrid teams

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Plans, executes and delivers all factory innovation trials, scale up and commercialization of DS2 initiatives by following the DfVS process

  • Working with and leading technical teams across the confectionary portfolio and across internal and external factories.

  • Connects with peers in other regions, other R&D functions and DS2 to share best practices, and accelerate the global deployment of new innovations

  • Applies technical knowledge to solving complex problems across recipe, product, process and packaging.

  • Regional /and/or global travel can be expected ~20% of the time

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 a 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

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Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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