Mars UK • United Kingdom

Head of Scientific Affairs

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Head of Scientific Affairs

Location flexible Across UK/US

This global role provides scientific leadership for input into the strategic planning and execution of scientific and clinical research behind our services and products. Our aim is to ensure that key stakeholders including pet owners, pet-care professionals and policy makers have the right information to make informed decisions and take a proactive and evidence based approach to the health and wellbeing of pets. This role also engages our internal stakeholders with healthcare insight and expertise, ensuring scientific and clinical outcomes are accurately represented in external marketing and corporate affairs activations.

This role is key in supporting our reputation as a scientifically-driven organization and in achieving scientific leadership in the pet care space. This includes being a great place to work for veterinary professionals, scientists and data experts.

This role can be based from Waltham Petcare Science Institute, London or New York.

What are we looking for?

  • Expert technical knowledge and background in research in Life Sciences/Healthcare/Petcare area

  • Experience writing and critically reviewing manuscripts and abstracts related to pet health/ healthcare

  • Deep understanding of how to bring to life a company’s science focus through sharing scientific knowledge at congresses, peer-review journals, engaging with professional societies and/or policy-makers

  • Experience leading global health/medical advisory boards

  • Established relationships with global leaders in veterinary / pet health and veterinary professional societies

  • Ability to fluidly flex between high level strategy and detailed tactics as required

  • Strong analytical mind-set and ability to quickly assess large amounts of information to ensure science is helping to deliver on the business strategy

  • Integrity and high ethical standards

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Accountable for creation, development and deployment of the global scientific affairs strategy, business/resource planning and scientific activations (congresses, publication, KOL engagement) in collaboration with global R&D, Science and veterinary health leaders across the Petcare

  • Accountable for planning and execution of science activities at major scientific congresses,

  • Responsible for driving credibility by being on leading edge of state of science and shifts in pet health and science and ensuring that knowledge is disseminated with stakeholders, to support clinical trial and scientific enquiry

  • Contributes to the clinical trials strategy and planning and ensures the results are accurately translated for different audiences to ensure maximum leverage of science in service of the Mars Petcare purpose to make A Better World For Pets

  • Lead/participate in company-created scientific input forums (third parties, including consultants and scientific advisory boards)

  • Accountable for creation of appropriate Scientific Advisory Boards

  • Leader in the global science and R&D community to ensure global scientific affairs strategy is effectively communicated and executed across the Petcare business.

  • Responsible for partnering with Corporate Affairs, R&D and Science Communications teams across Mars Petcare to lead development and ensure execution of scientific affairs strategy

  • Accountable for input and review for all marketing and communications science content that help educate and engage veterinary and healthcare professionals and pet owners with scientific knowledge

  • Accountable for maintaining and developing synergistic relationships with veterinary societies and veterinary medicine academic institutions, nutrition experts, to expand research, advisory, and educational or business partnership opportunities

  • Collaborates with global cross functional teams to ensure the best integration of all science efforts across Mars Petcare, so that relevant people internally and externally are aware of and can use the knowledge appropriately

  • Responsible for ensuring a working knowledge of Food & Drug Administration, EU and other relevant regulatory requirements and policy forming entities as they relate to pet health care

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