Mars UK • United Kingdom

Global Care and Treats Future Technology Senior Scientist

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

This is a key role in the C&T (Care and Treats) Global Innovation Centre. The C&T Future Technology Scientist is responsible for the creation and delivery of Future Technology projects in line with the C&T innovation strategy. The key goal of this role is to lead the fundamental understanding of some critical C&T technologies and the exploration and development of relevant new product technologies that will enable and unlock the transformational growth of the C&T business in the future. The role will be responsible for the delivery of technical breakthroughs and new technologies that will be critical delivering C&T business growth and supply strategy. The role key interfaces are Innovation Program Leaders, Waltham Pet care sciences, Wet and Dry GICs, Global Supply and Global Commercial teams.

What are we looking for?

  • University degree in science or engineering or similar technical field.

  • 3 to 5 years of job experience in the areas of product or process development, engineering or a technically related discipline – ideally in a number of these areas over the period of time

  • Experience within an R&D function in FMCG

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, e.g. communication, relations building, networking, team spirit.

  • Experience in recipe or formulation design

  • Project Management & Risk Management skills, working with multiple internal stakeholders

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Responsible to develop fundamental understanding of current and new technologies / products / recipes / processes. The job holder may focus expertise on some or all of these technical areas

  • Responsible for Technical Project Leadership on high complexity projects, effectively managing delivery to time, cost and quality whilst working with and influencing key stakeholders

  • Responsible for delivery of raw material, recipe and process solutions and capabilities required by the business programmes. This can either be as a partnership with the Global / Regional Programme teams or as part of a global capability technology platform project

  • Responsible to work in close co-operation with the Global / Regional Programme Leaders and Project Leaders, with Global Engineering, and the specialized contacts in departments e.g. Marketing, Commercial, Supply and CMI/CTI to evaluate capabilities required for new ideas and concepts.

  • Responsible to work on continuous personal development regarding the latest raw material / process technology developments in order to remain informed about the most up-to-date relevant technologies to C&T

  • Responsible to proactively manage Intellectual Property risks and opportunities. Work with our patent attorneys to draft patents for new & novel technical breakthroughs

  • Responsible to effectively manage their TRL projects in line with our quality standards including, project risks, legal & regulatory requirements, safety guidelines, creation of CSF’s, experimental plans and meeting milestones and timelines. and to inform and influence the project team.

  • Responsible for development of new capabilities which deliver to defined consumer & customer benefits.

  • Responsible for providing training and support to other associates in the technical fields in which the job holder has expertise

  • Responsible for communication (both written and verbal) of key project / technical breakthroughs and findings.

  • Responsible for the effective management of and delivery of objectives managed through external establishments

  • Responsible for the effective partnering of internal network to deliver project milestones and deliverables

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 like-minded 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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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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