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Mars UK • Chicago, Illinois, United States

Global Director – Data Stewardship and Delivery – Insight-to-Plan

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

At Mars Snacking, we are on an ambitious journey to rewire and almost double the size of our business by 2030. We see digital and data as an increasing multiplier of value across not just Mars Wrigley, but also the Health and Wellness and Retail global business units of Mars Snacking.

With this in mind, we recently established the Chief Data Office (CDO) Organization to define and execute the end-to-end enterprise data strategy inclusive of data and platform governance associated with AI for the company. In collaboration with our various Global Process Experience Owners (GXOs), Regional Champions and CIOs, Functional Business and Digital Technology Leaders, and Global Business Services teams, we will establish robust data quality practices, effective operating models, evolve data in conjunction with AI literacy, and implement durable technology capabilities to govern our data as an asset from end to end. The CDO organization will serve as an accelerator to our Mars Snacking’s next generation of data-led AI journey.

The Global Director of Enterprise Data & AI stewardship and delivery of Insight-to-Plan is part of the Chief Data Office Organization within Mars Snacking. In this pivotal role, the global lead will be partnering with the Global Process Experience Owner (GXO) and Global Network Leads to effectively orchestrate and deliver all aspects of the enterprise data, inclusive of the data strategy underpinning analytics and AI. This associate will work closely with the MGS Finance organization and be accountable for driving user adoption of the capabilities for the scope within Insight-to-plan business process and collaborate with the enterprise data governance program office to periodically publish KPI metrics, share learnings, celebrate successes, and coordinate escalations with data governance council and/or executive steering committee.

This role will act as a strong player-coach within Insight-to-Plan mega process. As such, in addition to demonstrating domain expertise and commitment to driving continuous improvement in data quality and stewardship, this role must also have a strong blend of vision, pragmatism, business and technology leadership skills and the ability to effectively communicate, collaborate with and influence senior business and technical leaders.

This role ensures seamless coordination, optimization, and delivery of data-driven insights while helping advancement of AI capabilities for the mega process scope.

Functional Scope of Insight to Plan Mega Process

  • Insight to Plan is the strategy, planning and financial management process with the vision statement: A simple, insight-powered process that serves as a guiding light, steering the enterprise to deliver on our commitments to consumers, associates and planet.
    • Strategic Clarity: Clear destination with aligned decision criteria & incentives; roles & responsibilities balanced between global and market
    • Touchless Planning: Cross-functional process synchronized across horizons (IVCP, AEP, S&OP), digitized for a fully-automated virtuous feedback loop
    • Insights in our DNA: Single-source of truth driving insights backed by data (internal/external) via user-friendly interface and experience
  • Process Scope: Strategy, Business Planning, Reporting, Financial Management, Period Close
  • Data Objects Accountability: Financial forecasts, revenues, volumes, COA, GL, CC/PC, Legal Entities, Orgs, Assets, Expenses
  • Platform Governance: SAP S/4, Blackline, Anaplan

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or business analytics pr related major with equivalent business experience. MBA/Master's degree preferred.
  • Proven 10+ years of experience in large scale data management and business transformation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong expertise in the Insight-to-Plan functional domains such as Strategy, Business Planning, Reporting, Financial Management, Period Close
  • Expert in data subject areas such as Financial forecasts, revenues, volumes, COA, GL, CC/PC, Legal Entities, Orgs, Assets, Expenses
  • Technology experience with SAP S/4, Blackline, Anaplan is a plus
  • Recent experience as global data steward / chief data steward is preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience in data strategy, data architecture, data management, and/or data quality, analytics and AI, and other related technical discipline
  • Leadership experience establishing data fluent organization through designing and delivering effective data governance and quality training and change management programs.
  • Experience with various data governance, catalog and quality tools such as Collibra, Informatica, SAP, and/or Microsoft Purview
  • Experience with Master Data Management, SAP MDG for Finance data.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Strategic Leadership
    • Define and execute a fully integrated Data and AI stewardship strategy for Insight-to-plan mega process in collaboration with the D30 GxO and Mars Global Finance organization.
    • Align stewardship efforts with business objectives and priorities.
    • Guide the GxO and Global Network Leads with data and AI enabled automation opportunities to accelerate the process simplification and digitization journey.
  • Data Governance, Quality, and Metadata Management Orchestration:
    • Partner with MGS and own responsibility to orchestrate, define and continuously improve data stewardship practices for Insight-to-plan business process.
    • Facilitate adherence to data governance policies, and guide the management of data standards, and execution of data quality discipline across E2E mega process scope.
    • Collaborate closely with the Data Governance program office and data technology capability teams to ensure functional Insight-to-plan requirements are addressed and prioritized by various DG council and SteerCo forums as necessary.
    • Collaborate with legal and compliance teams (as necessary) to address ethical considerations related to data use in AI.
    • While redesigning and sustaining the Insight-to-plan process, ensure the metadata is captured, curated, and maintained overtime so it stays FAIR i.e. Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.
  • Data in support of AI/Analytics Deployment for Insight-to-Plan:
    • Collate relevant project information (timings, status, etc) from across the D&A ecosystem in support of Insight-to-plan Deployment leadership.
    • Partner with MGS and coordinate the delivery of fit-for-AI/Analytics data to enable the Insight-to-plan mega process.
    • Work closely with the data architects, data modelers/engineers, data scientists and AI engineers to ensure data is mapped, tested and ready for analytics models.
    • Coordinate with the functional analytics team serving I2P business process to continuously improve, monitor, and publish KPI metrics related to usage adoption of analytic and AI capabilities.
  • Cross-functional, market and regional collaboration:
    • Work closely with data stewards and custodians from global, regions, markets, etc. to orchestrate timely and right level of support for data issues across Insight-to-plan.
    • Engage with and manage relationships with business and digital technology stakeholders to facilitate cross-functional collaboration.
    • Communicate progress, challenges, and opportunities effectively.
  • Continuous improvement and Innovation:
    • Stay informed about industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices.
    • Adapt data stewardship processes to evolving needs within E2E Insight-to-plan.
    • Support change management and data literacy/training needs of mega process scope.
  • People Management:
    • Lead, recruit, and retain a team of data stewards reporting directly or dotted line from other groups. This includes mentoring, coaching, and providing guidance for a durable data culture at Mars Snacking.
    • Guide and/or manage Global Data Stewards to collaborate with the Data Governance forum(s) to refine DG standards, while monitoring and reporting globally on domain/ process level quality issues.
    • Guide and/or manage Regional Data Stewards who serve as the connective tissue between all regional / market level entities owning, accessing, and leveraging data assets with the business.

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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