Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Mars Finance Leadership Experience 2024 - Graduate Programme

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Your future as a leader starts today.

Are you dreaming about becoming a finance leader at one of the biggest FMCG companies?

The Mars Finance Leadership Experience (MFLE) is a great start to develop both functional and leadership capabilities while experiencing various areas of finance. The program is a solid foundation for future finance leaders who can later become a manager, lead a team, or fulfill themselves as an individual contributor in a strategic position.

You’ll take on roles with local and regional exposure and make decisions with real consequences. The work will come thick and fast, preparing you for the challenges tomorrow.

The MFLE comprises of three 12-month placements. As a guide, typically during the three years you will get exposed to different areas of Finance and also to two Mars segments (Confectionary, Pet, Food or Veterinary health). You will get placements in supply finance or market finance, financial control or internal audit or contribute to our finance digitalization agenda. On top we offer opportunity for international experience through the program`s regional scope.

After the three years you will be a versatile finance business partner and you can hold a strategic role within any of our segments or be on your way to being a finance manager with a team of your own.

What will you do?

  • 3 x 12-month placements, giving you perspective to experience diversity of finance and craft your own personalized career path.

  • Opportunity to make impact from Day 1, allowing you to develop every day.

  • Join our global trainee community, create friends for life, and join a Global business.

Who are we looking for?

  • You’ll have at least a 2:1 degree, from any subject and willingness to pursue CIMA qualification

  • Internationally mobile. You can be based out of our Slough site or Waltham site (Leicestershire), and we ask that you are flexible during your time on the program.

  • You have good analytical skills and a strong interest in finance

  • You are not afraid to challenge the status quo and bring a fresh viewpoint

What are the benefits?

  • Starting salary of £33,000 and joining bonus of £2,000.

  • Company paid CIMA (including study leave)

  • We’ll give you access to inspiring mentors and coaches to help you grow.

  • Flexible, hybrid working.

  • Dogs in the office (depending on the office)

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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