Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

DT Senior R&D Solutions Architect

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Job Purpose/Overview

This role will lead the strategy and design efforts for the Pet Nutrition formulation ecosystem. The ideal candidate will possess deep expertise in designing and implementing complex solutions and connectivity of diverse systems and applications. As the DT Senior R&D Solutions Architect, you will play a pivotal role in driving the technical direction of our formulation ecosystem and its connected capabilities ensuring seamless data flow across the formulation ecosystem.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of comprehensive technical solutions that align with business objectives and enable the 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.

  • Collaborate closely with functional and technical teams, including application developers, project managers, other domain architects, and business stakeholders, to gather requirements and translate them into technical specifications.

  • Develop architecture strategies that encompass full lifecycle management of solutions in the ecosystem. Including identifying potential bottlenecks, security vulnerabilities, and performance issues within solution designs and propose effective solutions to ensure optimal performance and reliability.

  • Evaluate and recommend tools, middleware platforms, and technologies to ensure scalability, security, and ease of maintenance.

  • Collaborate with enterprise architects and solution architects to ensure alignment with overall architectural goals and strategies.

  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends and emerging technologies to drive innovation within the organisation.

  • Participate in the estimation of project timelines, resources, and budgets related to architecture and design efforts.

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of system architecture documentation, reference architectures, and guidelines.

What are we looking for?

  • Education & Professional Qualification - Bachelor’s

  • 5+ In what area: Information Technology (IT)

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience designing and implementing IT solutions in complex enterprise environments.

  • Proficiency in technologies and standards including SQL, C# and JavaScript.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to analyze complex technical challenges and propose effective solutions.

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

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First we assess the flexibility options Mars UK provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Mars UK is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

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
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