Mars UK • United Kingdom

European Product Developer (Dry, Care & Treats)

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

We have an excellent opportunity to join our Pet Nutrition business as a Product Developer within our European Regional R&D team. The role's focus is on product development within our Dry and Care & Treats business units and provides a great opportunity to lead development projects from ideation through to industrialization. In addition, the Product Developer plays a key role in improving the design, performance and value of our existing portfolio.

What are we looking for?

  • Degree-level education in scientific/technical subject

  • Professional experience & track record of delivering product and process solutions.

  • Proven ability to build strong collaborative relationships and work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams

  • Excellent communication skills

  • A highly proactive, solution-orientated attitude

  • Fluent in verbal and written English, additional languages are beneficial

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Responsible for ideation, development and industrialization of product innovation & renovation projects acting as technical project leader within wider cross-functional teams.

  • The optimization of existing recipes/products within our portfolio to unlock value.

  • Ownership for product performance and continuous improvement opportunities.

  • Ensure all product development projects deliver in line with food safety needs, pet nutrition guidelines & legislation.

  • Act as a key member of the PNE Care & Treats/Dry product development community, working seamlessly with regional R&D, commercial, marketing & supply functions.

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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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.

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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
Awards & Achievements
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