Mars UK • Franklin, Tennessee, United States

DT Senior Lead – R&D Product Development

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

This role serves as the Digital counterpart to the R&D product and process owner. Through this partnership, this role will ensure the effective delivery of the program with its key business outcomes, critical success factors, and in keeping with all recognized program management best practices.

Serves as part of the global digital organization focused on R&D transformation, with key adjacencies in the overall Value Chain Transformation program (ERP / S4) and E2E Supply Transformation.

Initial focus will be on program delivery, though this is expected to shift towards BAU product mgmt. structures including DevOps and release mgmt. over time.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Live and exemplify the Five Principles of Mars, Inc. within self and team.
  • Lead the DT contribution for the product development area of the global R&D digital transformation program as part of Digital First.
  • Step-change value creation for pets and pet parents by digitalising R&D to accelerate innovation, deliver superior propositions and fuel an integrated supply chain, with increased agility and reduced cost.
  • Ensure effective delivery of the product development area within the R&D transformational agenda in accordance with recognized best practice of program management. This includes budget management, scope control, change management, and people leadership, amongst other dimensions.
  • Co-lead with the R&D product and process owner the product development area as part of a multi-disciplinary global program, partnering extensively with functional and DT leaders (VP and Director level).
  • Directly manage 3rd party System Integrator (SI) partners, including contracting, supervisory, and deliverables signoff.
  • Partner with Mars Global Services Global Digital Operations organization to account for all necessary integration, architectural, infrastructure, and service / sustainment requirements.

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