Mars UK • France

IT Systems Functional Expert (F/M/X)

Employment type:  Full time

3–4 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Segment: Mars Global Services Laboratories

Contract: Permanent

Location: Veghel (Netherlands), Haguenau (France), Aimargues (France) or Slough (UK). Other sites might be considered based on candidate applications.

The IT Systems Functional Expert is the custodian of the IT systems required to execute and maintain the Mars laboratory programs (NIR (Near-Infrared spectroscopy) program and XRF (X-ray fluorescence) program) through providing functional expertise and support in close collaboration with functional team NIR/XRF, Mars IT and software suppliers. This includes project managing Rapid Spectroscopy IT projects, deploying continuous improvement projects, problem solving and training & knowledge transfer to ensure an effective global Rapid Spectroscopy IT systems program.

What are we looking for?

  • At least 4-5 years of experience in IT project management

  • Experience in leading global or regional standardization projects

  • Proven experience in developing, deploying, or interfacing IT systems

  • Good communication skills in English

  • Experience in IT systems in a Food Science related background would be a plus

  • Experience of interfacing laboratory and/or factory quality systems would be a plus

What would be your responsibilities?

  • Functional Lab IT Expert and system administration for Mars NIR client/server systems, liaising with functional NIR experts, regional NIR support, users and Mars IT for its operational continuity and continuous improvement.

  • Champion the Q&FS data integration strategy and ensure that NIR/XRF systems are embedded in client workflows for seamless decision making.

  • Owner of the systems and data connectivity related part of on-time and flawless reporting the quarterly metric.

  • Define, standardize, and codify the key processes, procedures, and tools to support these services using lean, efficient end-to-end functionally integrated processes.

  • Scope, execute and manage projects that develop the laboratory NIR/XRF systems & tools priorities, automatize current human processes.

  • Be the custodian for effective business change management around NIR/XRF systems in partnership with the relevant business partners to ensure a flawless continuity of data flows through existing interfaces.

  • Maintain a high level of customer focus and ensure that projects are delivered on-plan, on-time, and on-budget.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • At Mars, we believe in a relationship of mutual trust, dignity and respect between our company and Associates that is more meaningful than the standard employer/employee relationship.

  • As Associates, we can expect to be respected, supported and valued as individuals, to be treated fairly and equitably.

  • An environment where you are empowered to be proactive and to take initiatives to make a difference.

  • At Mars, we are committed to helping create a safe, healthy, and sustainable world for our partners and the communities in which we operate.


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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First we assess the flexibility options Mars UK provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Mars UK is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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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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