Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Global Director, Strategic Sourcing – Digital Technologies (IT)

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Global Director, Strategic Sourcing – Digital Technologies (IT)

Location: Slough

Salary: £89,000-£109,000 + Bonus + Benefits

Hybrid Working- 50% at Site

As a Global Director, Strategic Sourcing at Mars, you will be accountable for building and implementing the software category strategy, as well as closely business partnering with the Mars Snacking CIO and Technology Corporate Functions CIO (and their teams) for all of their commercial needs. This role will also sit on the Digital Technologies Commercial Lead Team and will play a vital role in driving the overall DT Commercial team forward.

What are we looking for?

  • Extensive IT negotiation experience and skill
  • A passion for Line Management, coaching, and guiding Associates to be the best they can be.
  • Strong business partnership skills
  • Excellent communication and storytelling ability
  • A passion for driving value for our business by leveraging various sourcing channels.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Develop and execute the category strategy for software using the Mars framework and the appropriate tools.
  • Participate as a member of the Global Digital Technologies Commercial Leadership Team and establish/maintain working relationships with the Global Sourcing Managers and Sourcing Excellence Team.
  • Understand business goals and what success “looks like” to drive maximum business value.
  • Establish strong working relationships with major technology suppliers to marry up business goals with supplier capabilities.
  • Line Management of 3 Global Sourcing Managers in global locations to coordinate workload and support their development plans.
  • Build sourcing category expertise to provide market and financial insights and inputs to the operating plan.
  • Execute BAU sourcing initiatives, as well as major transformational initiatives as needed.

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