Mars UK • United Kingdom

IT Product Architect - R&D & Innovation

Employment type:  Full time

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

IT Systems Architect, responsible for maintaining the template implemented for the global PLM system, Oracle Agile P4P (internally known as Veritas). This person will lead a group of contractors to implement system enhancements using SCRUM as development ways of working and working on a constant evolving environment towards DevOps ways of working.

Also, the Systems Architect will lead and collaborate with:

  • Activities to improve current ways of working (e.g. Agile, SCRUM, DevOps, ITSM, etc.);
  • Maintain, create and improve team playbooks, knowledge portals
  • Interact with users' community with various communication methods (Portals, meetings, workshops, etc.)

What are we looking for?

  • IT Background required
  • High customer focus is a must
  • Experience on leading a group of developers
  • Experience on leading/driving systems changes
  • Leading or working on SCRUM teams is a plus
  • Experience with DevOps organizations is plus

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Play Design Authority role for the R&D and MPS Tower (in Quality, Laboratories and Specifications sub-area) in the Product team level, assessing impacts and approving all the initiatives that are going to be related to products and services on this product team.
  • Partnership with Product Owner and/or Functional Experts on continuous improvement, evolution of the product and Lifecycle management
  • Participate on new design for solutions, services and products together with Business stakeholders, Enterprise Architecture, Transformational programs, Strategic Functional Capabilities, Business Partnership, etc.
  • Liaise with the other BCF areas to ensure consistent cross-functional business process design
  • Collaborate with the team on internal initiatives for processes improvement (e.g. DevOps, SCRUM, Change Management, etc.)
  • Keep and improve the knowledge repository
  • Keep and improve team playbooks

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