Mars UK • Waltham, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Mars Leadership Experience 2024 - Graduate Programme

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Your future as a leader starts today.

Our general Graduate Traineeship Programme: The Mars Leadership Experience (MLE), is the perfect grounding for a career in business leadership. You’ll manage projects, lead teams, take on roles with local and international exposure and make decisions with real consequences. The work will come thick and fast, preparing you for the challenges tomorrow.

The MLE comprises three 12-month placements. As a guide, you’ll typically follow a path through the three years with exposure to very different areas of our business. You will have placements across Demand (Sales, Category Management, Marketing), Supply (Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics), and Digital (Data & Analytics, Project Management, Functional Applications & Strategy).

What will you do?

  • 3 x 12-month placements, giving you visibility to find the right career path for you.

  • Opportunities to manage teams and projects, 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 in any subject. Graduating next summer or graduated within the last 2 years.

  • ​​​​​​​Mobile within the UK. Your home sites could be Waltham (Leicestershire), Slough, Paddington, or Castle Cary and we ask that you are flexible during your time on the program.

  • You’ll be passionate about your future career as a leader and open to learn and develop yourself outside your comfort zone.

  • You’ll bring an out-the-box thinking to Mars.

What are the benefits?

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

  • 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)

For more information, please visit careers.mars.com/UK/en/students-graduates

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

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

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.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

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
Awards & Achievements
Most flexible Retail & Ecommerce companies

Most flexible Retail & Ecommerce companies

Industry awards 2022