Mars UK • London, London, United Kingdom

Global R&D Communications Senior Manager

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Global R&D Communications Senior Manager

Mars Global Pet Nutrition, led by our Purpose, is transforming the future of pet parenting through our nutrition-backed products, innovation and science and technology. The R&D Communications Senior Manager is responsible for developing and executing cutting-edge communications aimed at engaging and inspiring our internal R&D teams and business partners within the organisation. This role is also responsible for helping to build the company’s reputation externally.

The R&D Communications Senior Manager will be part of the R&D leadership team and work closer with the Petcare, Mars Incorporated, and Scientific Communications community. The job holder will be a highly experienced communications professional who has a proven track record of planning and implementing successful campaigns that cut through and generate positive impact.

To fulfill the requirements of this role, the job holder will work closely with cross-functional colleagues and leaders from Pet Nutrition and cross segment R&D, Waltham and corporate affairs. This Associate will be part of a large, diverse group of professionals focused on innovative communications with significant opportunities for career growth.

The job holder will be a member of the Mars Pet Nutrition Global Corporate Affairs team.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s Degree required (Communications, Public Affairs, Journalism or related field strongly preferred). or equivalent.

  • Extensive years’ experience across internal and external communications and science communications roles.

  • Regional or global experience is strongly preferred.

  • Ability to travel
  • Experience in leading science comms is strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific concepts into compelling, accessible storytelling.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Creating business-relevant news about Mars Pet Nutrition’s global innovation, science and technology, to enable our internal and external audiences to discover the science behind our products.
  • Identify and prioritize story ideas and create pipeline of global news in line with R&D communication priorities.
  • Support executive visibility for Global R&D VP including speaking opportunities, media and content creation
  • Collaborate with segment and markets Corporate Affairs teams to leverage global expertise and development with local insights and execution.
  • Partner with Internal communications on strategic communications that support the R&D function.
  • Drive external/internal execution of signature R&D programs to extend the science and innovation narrative.
  • Lead and implement content development for R&D Forums including Pet Nutrition R&D Town Halls, Mars Inc, Annual R&D report, R&D awards, Mars Board of Directors meetings and other key internal meetings, working in close partnership with R&D Operations and Science and Technology leaders.
  • Work closely with internal, external and sustainability communications partners to connect reputation-enhancing R&D activities to broaden company narrative; ensure orchestrated communication of key global priorities.
  • Collaborate closely with cross division and cross segment science communications community.
  • Write compelling stories and prepare communication material on science and technology at Mars Pet Nutrition for non-scientific audiences such as consumer, trade, business and stakeholder audiences.
  • Create original content for internal and external digital and social media channels such as LinkedIn.
  • Develop speaking points, slides, Q&As or other communication material for internal or external use

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.

Find out more about what Mars can offer you by visiting our Global Careers site.

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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