2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

The Learning Strategic Sourcing Manager will play a pivotal role in driving the strategic sourcing efforts within Mars learning organization. This role is responsible for understanding the learning vendor market landscape, identifying emerging trends, optimizing vendor relationships, and leading effective contract negotiations. With a strong focus on vendor relationships and quality, the Learning Strategic Sourcing Manager will lead a team and collaborate across functions to ensure the organization's learning initiatives are supported by best-in-class vendors.

What are we looking for?

  • Proven experience (3+ years) in strategic sourcing, vendor management, and contract negotiation, preferably within the corporate learning or training industry.
  • In-depth knowledge of the learning vendor landscape, including learning developers, learning delivery vendors and institutions, learning technology, and related services.
  • Strong understanding of procurement processes, vendor evaluation methodologies, and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Track record of successfully leading cross-functional teams and managing direct reports.

What will be your key responsibilities?

Vendor Market Analysis and Trends:

  • Conduct comprehensive analysis of the learning vendor market, including learning developers, trainers and facilitators, learning technology providers, and other related services.
  • Stay informed about industry trends, innovations, and emerging technologies that impact the learning vendor landscape.
  • Translate market insights into actionable strategies to enhance the sourcing and procurement process.

Vendor Relationship Management:

  • Establish and nurture strategic partnerships with key learning vendors to ensure alignment with the organization's goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate closely with vendors to understand their capabilities, offerings, and potential for collaboration in driving innovative learning solutions.
  • Maintain an up-to-date vendor database and assess vendor performance on an ongoing basis.

Strategic Sourcing Strategy Development:

  • Develop and implement a strategic sourcing framework that aligns with the organization's learning objectives and budget constraints.

Contract Negotiation and Management:

  • Lead contract negotiations with learning vendors, ensuring favorable terms, cost-effectiveness, and adherence to legal and compliance standards.
  • Collaborate with legal and procurement teams to develop contracts that protect the organization's interests and ensure deliverables are met.

Team Leadership and Management:

  • Lead a team of direct reports, providing guidance, mentorship, and support in their professional development.
  • Foster a collaborative and results-driven team environment, promoting a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

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