Mars UK • Montpellier, Herault, France

Global Functional Senior IT Leader – Q&FS, PLM, Food Traceability

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Contract: Permanent/CDI

Segment: Global Royal Canin

Location: Aimargues, France (30 min from Montpellier) or Haguenau, France (30 min from Strasbourg) or Slough, United Kingdom

The Royal Canin IT team leads Global Digital Technology strategy and execution to run and grow these functions of R&D, Procurement, Manufacturing & Supply Chain but also step change the capabilities and digitalize the business.

As a member of this team, you will lead Digital Technology Strategy and execution (responsibility for build, deploy, and accountability for sustain) of one functional area, with annual digital technology budget of $10-15M. This role covers the R&D area made of, but not limited to, Quality & Food Safety, Testing & Conformance, Traceability, Product Lifecycle Management, Formulation.

What are we looking for?

  • Strong Digital Technology background

  • A functional knowledge in Quality & Food Safety, Food Traceability, and or Product Lifecycle Management

  • Thought leadership and relationship building / management with internal stakeholders and external partners/agencies and proven influencing skills.

  • Experience in managing complex programs and capabilities in an international, multicultural & “team of team” environment.

  • Well-organized with excellent written, verbal, and visual presentation skills in English.

  • Experience in building and delivering functional digital strategies/programs in an international organization, ideally in a Consumer Price Goods company.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • As the trusted Digital Partner for the Global Function, you lead the digital agenda, partnering with the functional team to RUN & GROW functional capabilities through digital or by digitalizing them.

  • You assess the current state of the organization, the industry and peer companies to define the future vision & the strategy (including business case) for your functional area. You will on-board your Functional leadership team on your strategic vision and mobilize the organization & resources to execute it.

  • You own the decision of buying vs building digital capabilities, leveraging internal teams and external digital system integrators. Once piloted, you deploy the capabilities at scale in the organization. You own full lifecycle management of digital capabilities of your area.

  • You own the Digital Investment supporting the functional strategy execution. You govern in partnership with your functional leadership team and are responsible for managing & delivering your P&L line by the year-end. You shape the IVCP & AEP for your area by influencing key senior stakeholders (up to Royal Canin GLT members) to sponsor & support your functional digital strategy.

  • You monitor & govern your projects, finances, and overall digital portfolio.

  • You own technology decision for your area, considering inputs from Solution Architect, validating with Royal Canin & Petcare eco-system, and with Digital Security organization. You will work towards portfolio simplification, minimizing redundancy and technology proliferation.

  • You explore the latest Digital Technology evolution to identify functional innovation opportunities, which you test & learn, promote & scale when value is delivered.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • At Mars, we believe in a relationship of mutual trust, dignity and respect between our company and Associates that is more meaningful than the standard employer/employee relationship.

  • As Associates, we can expect to be respected, supported and valued as individuals, to be treated fairly and equitably.

  • The opportunity to learn and develop, taking charge of your own career across Mars

  • A unique and ideal work environment to become the leader in health through nutrition for cats and dogs!

  • Since 2015, no waste to landfill is made by the 16 Royal Canin factories in the world.



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