Mars UK • Franklin, Tennessee, United States

Global Science and Regulatory Affairs Science & Technology 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 Science & Technology Program Lead

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 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 a vital member of the Mars Pet Nutrition (PN), Global Science and Regulatory Affairs (GSRA) Team, the GSRA Science & Technology Program Lead plays a central role in channeling our scientific capabilities to secure and enhance Mars PN's competitive advantage by spearheading initial phases of SRA initiatives for innovative integration.

This entails devising strategies for new material and ingredient approvals, conducting regulatory risk assessments, and mitigating global innovation project risks before regional implementation. The role proactively collaborates with innovation stakeholders, including regional SRA experts, to identify and address potential regulatory challenges, all while ensuring compliance. Additionally, the position translates scientific and regulatory insights into forward-thinking strategies, and engages with internal cross-functional teams, as well as external industry trade groups, government agencies, and scientific groups to stay abreast of industry trends and influences.

It is important that the GSRA Innovation Program Lead embrace the concepts of novel regulatory tools and technology as well as a culture of sharing experiences with others. This position provides support and leadership to the SRA Community and Innovation project teams, proactively making regulatory recommendations on how to deal with the differentiated complexity coming from third party suppliers manufacturing products.

What are we looking for?

  • M.S. or equivalent in a technical area, such as food science, veterinary medicine, food safety, chemistry, toxicology, nutrition, or other biological science and / or International Relations.

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in scientific and/or regulatory affairs with food, feed, or nutritional products and/or related product categories (such as food supplements, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals).

  • Proficiency in regulatory landscapes across multiple regions.

  • Proven track record of regulatory strategy development including product or ingredient approval/launch.

  • Experience in novel foods / new ingredients is preferred.

  • Experience working on large-scale regulatory projects and demonstrated track record of working successfully across functions to achieve shared goals.

  • Proven ability to interact cross-functionally at all levels within the organization are required and working in a multicultural environment to tap associates and resources.

  • Experience working with trade associations and government agencies to clarify and resolve regulatory matters is required.

  • Excellent external networking capability, 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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Brings broad knowledge of scientific, regulatory and policy environment on a global scale and leverage this knowledge to ensure maximum freedom to operate and innovate.

  • Collaborate cross-functionally with Legal, Science & Technology, and Quality to offer proactive solutions alongside risk assessments and dossiers development.

  • Provide scientific and regulatory guidance on the route to market for new innovations, collaborating with external experts, when necessary, especially for new categories or channels.

  • Escalate critical decision points to ensure proper governance and alignment with strategic objectives.

  • Share project highlights and essential regulatory insights within the SRA community to enhance team-wide visibility, understanding, and learning.

  • Collaborate with regional SRA teams and key stakeholders to contribute to the development of the strategic roadmap for relevant regulatory approvals, ensuring alignment with mid to long-term goals.

  • Participate in cross-functional project teams and with internal and external partners as appropriate to ensure that Innovation teams are guided on a sound scientific and regulatory basis.

  • Roll out the proactive external engagement strategy and advocacy initiatives, and act on the stakeholder mapping insights to establish relationships with key regulatory figures and KOLs.

  • Conduct regulatory intelligence research and strategic surveillance, monitoring changes in the global regulatory landscape across all phases, from early stages of innovation through commercialization.

  • Develop and nurture relationships with regulatory authorities, staying updated on evolving regulations, policy changes, and potential impacts on product safety and compliance.

  • Provide guidance on regulatory policy, strategy, and influence efforts, positioning Mars PN as an industry leader with authorities and industry peer groups.

  • Actively participate in Industry Trade Associations to stay informed and contribute to the shaping of industry regulatory policies.

  • Build and maintain internal and external networks to anticipate the impact of regulatory changes on the business and actively shape the regulatory environment.

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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