Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Global Director Data Products & Architecture Transformation

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Royal Canin’s mission is to transform each cat and dogs’ health and well-being by pushing the limits of nutrition and knowledge in partnership with pet professionals. Through our products and services, we serve almost half a billion pets every year, and through our global scale, passionate Associates, knowledge, and capabilities we help shape the future of pet care.

To make our ambitions a reality, Royal Canin is undertaking a major business transformation focusing on end-to-end business processes, people, and data, enabled by technology. Through this transformation we are aiming to reinvent our core processes, adapting our data models and tech platforms while focusing on enhancing the experience for users, customers, and our Associates.

The business transformation includes initiatives focusing on protecting business continuity to create a more efficient, easy, and sustainable organization of work. The outcomes of this transformation will result in an excellent level of service that will drive competitive advantage, easy-to-do business for our customers and consumers, improved operations that increase Associate wellbeing, as well as processes and capabilities to power our health through nutrition business while enabling sustainable growth.

We are hiring a “Data Products & Architecture Transformation Director ” to drive data, data platform, and data product initiatives across the enterprise data domains within the EOS digital transformation program, shaping the company's strategic trajectory.

In Royal Canin's ongoing Enterprise Transformation, digital and data are recognized as pivotal drivers of value. The Director collaborates closely with the Royal Canin Enterprise COE Leadership to oversee all EOS - ERP Data & Insights transformation projects across the organization, closely working with RC DnA, Global Petcare and Enterprise Tech teams.

Responsibilities encompass managing ERP Data & Insights delivery, coordinating with EOS project interdependencies, mitigating milestone conflicts, and ensuring deliverable commitments across multiple projects. This role plays a crucial part in leveraging data-driven decision-making within the EOS data landscape and its transformative potential.

Responsible for end-to-end technology and functional data product solutions, working with enterprise technology teams, cross-functional teams, and the segment data product solutions to ensure they are in line with the enterprise architectural plan. Focused on the design, deployment of data, functional, technical architecture, and the primary integration points.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Data and Architecture Leadership:

Ownership of the end-to-end data product solution design and domain data foundations, data product strategy, technical and functional data architecture of the EOS Transformation. Deep understanding of business drivers / processes and ability to relate domain / segment / division priorities to associated technology.

  • Enterprise-wide Collaboration:

Work with Enterprise Architects, Segment Architects, Domain Product Owners, and business leaders to understand the drivers and objectives of key initiatives.

Working closely with Royal Canin DnA, Petcare DnA and collaborating with Enterprise Technologies and leveraging external vendors to ensure smooth delivery, integration, and alignment across the Enterprise DT, MGS, and PET organization.

  • Leadership and Management:

Lead a large team of associates and contractors to design, develop and deliver standardized and scalable EOS Data product capabilities. Support and mentor the development teams in delivering joined up end to end solutions providing guidance and best practice where necessary.

  • Data Product Governance:

Ensuring end to end comprehensive data governance throughout the entire spectrum of EOS data product solutions, leading the delivery of governance, and modernizing governance process for data product solutions/platforms for EOS/RC. Ensuring effective governance of the data product portfolio.

  • Strategic Delivery:

Ensures strategic delivery is linked to business operations. Developing an innovative data product architecture and data platform strategy to position Royal Canin as a leader in data-driven innovation and competitiveness.

  • Program Management:

Drives business excellence and project results through deployment of domain, functional and segment expertise, including project management, change management, and continuous improvement to support strategic business objectives.

  • Coordination and Collaboration:

Leading coordination and collaboration with the Enterprise Technologies, GDO and PET D&A teams. Having authority and responsibility over the Process Managers of the CoE focusing on Data products & Analytics processes and providing guidance or leadership to other Associates.

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

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