Mars UK • Franklin, Tennessee, United States

Global Science and Regulatory Affairs Innovation Program Lead

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Global Science and Regulatory Affairs Innovation Program Lead

(2 positions available)

As a core component of Mars Pet Nutrition’s R&D team, the Global Science and Regulatory Affairs (SRA) team ensures that the power of science and discovery enhance the lives of pets and pet parents around the world. We firmly believe that the SRA plays a key role in the heart of our mission, driving innovation, advocating for proactive solutions, and prioritizing risk-awareness. Together, through our industry-leading quality and food safety, we are embracing the regulatory challenges and creating a healthier, happier future for pets and their families.

Come join our organization where our 5 Principles guide the way we do business every day and is the link that unites us across the world, cultures and generations!

As an associate of the Mars Pet Nutrition (PN), Global Science and Regulatory Affairs (GSRA) team, the GSRA Innovation Program Lead creates and sustains a competitive advantage for Mars PN and supports the achievement of its overall business goals by playing a key role in supporting the regulatory innovation framework from concept development, regulatory impact analysis, risk assessment, regulatory strategy, claims substantiation and regulatory approval. The job holder turns scientific and regulatory insights into foresight to anticipate issues and increase business preparedness, while also engaging stakeholder interactions, support company-focused intelligence queries, and actively track and communicate the implications of changing global regulatory policies.

Additionally, this global expert provides regulatory strategic insight to the SRA Community as well as to Innovation teams, leading regulatory strategy development and deployment to secure all products innovations and revamps regulatory clearance worldwide with no blockage to deliver the projects.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical area, such as food science, veterinary medicine, food safety, chemistry, nutrition, biology, or toxicology. Master's degree in a technical area, such as food chemistry, nutrition, food science, biology, chemistry, or toxicology preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in scientific and/or regulatory affairs with pet nutrition, food, feed, nutritional products and/or related product categories (such as food supplements, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals).

  • Demonstrated ability to proactively advocate for business interests and influence policy development in alignment with company positions.

  • Proficiency in regulatory intelligence research, monitoring, and analysis.

  • Strong understanding of global regulatory requirements and policies.

  • Experience in leading Major Health Authority interactions.

  • Experience working in a multicultural environment to tap associates and resources,

  • Excellent project management / organization skills combined with the ability to handle many tasks simultaneously working under pressure and delivering within tight deadlines.

  • Able to craft complex technical data into simple, relevant and meaningful influence strategies, able to articulate a regulatory advocacy agenda.

  • Ability to manage a community of experts with the right level of topic relevant technical input.

  • Ability to inform, report and share updates within the company in the appropriate forums.

  • Good understanding of key Nutrition or Science concepts to ensure proper execution of all Scientific and Regulatory Affairs priorities.

  • Leadership and ability to collaborate across functions, regions and cultures.

What will be your Key Responsibilities?

  • Serves as the SRA lead and primary point of contact for global agile innovation business stakeholders (e.g. R&D, Marketing) for new and novel ingredients. Provides scientific and regulatory advice through cross-functional collaboration with Legal, Science & Technology and Quality. Brings solutions in addition to risk assessments and dossiers development.

  • Provides scientific and regulatory advice on route to market for new innovations, working with external experts where needed for new categories or channels.

  • Escalates key decision points to SRA LT to ensure proper governance.

  • Communicates project highlights and key regulatory issues with SRA community for broader team visibility, understanding and learning.

  • Establishes and works with relevant external technical consultants to ensure SRA project success criteria is achieved with highest level of quality and efficiency.

  • Navigating the SRA environment for the mid to long-term by working with regional SRA and other key stakeholders to support the development of SRA strategic roadmap for relevant regulatory approvals.

  • Leverage existing horizon scanning tools to help make recommendations on material use to ensure we protect our Freedom to Operate.

  • Support the raw material approval strategy, claims substantiation and science cascading framework based on the insights gathered from key internal and external stakeholders, and strategic objectives.

  • Ensure timely identification and dissemination of critical regulatory insights to Senior Leadership. Routinely communicating implications of changing global regulatory requirements, health authority guidance, and regulatory policies relevant to Mars PN.

  • Maintain trackers and calendars of interest, including submissions, expedited designations, regulatory events (advisory committees, adverse events, etc.) to ensure we remain relevant and up-to-date, supporting innovation integration and global alignment initiatives.

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

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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
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