Mars UK • United Kingdom

Mars R&D Leadership Experience - Graduate Programme

Employment type:  Full time

3–4 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Your future as a leader starts today.

Our R&D Graduate Leadership Programme: The Mars R&D Leadership Experience is the perfect grounding for a career in R&D. You’ll manage projects, 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 of tomorrow.

The R&D Programme comprises of three 12-month placements. You’ll spend 2 of those years in our R&D function, exploring and contributing to what goes on in a function that plays a critical role in the making and developing of our most loved products. You will also get the opportunity to spend your 2nd or 3rd placement in either procurement or supply, giving you a unique opportunity to experience a breadth of roles in the supply side of our business.

What will you do?

  • 3 x 12-month placements, 2 placements in R&D and the opportunity for 1 year in either Commercial or Supply.

  • Opportunities to manage your own projects, allowing you to develop every day.

  • After the 3 years you will sign off into a role in our R&D function.

Who are we looking for?

  • A minimum of a 2:1 in any STEM degree subject. Gradating next summer or graduated within the last 2 years.

  • Technically and digitally minded.

  • ​​​​​​​Mobile within the UK. Your home site could either be Slough or Birstall (Leeds) but you may need to relocate for 1 of your placement years.

  • You’ll be passionate about being a future leader in R&D and be able to demonstrate leadership potential.

What are the benefits?

  • Starting salary of £32,000 and joining bonus of £2,000.

  • Wide range of competitive benefits, including competitive pension and healthcare scheme, annual bonus and flexible working hours.

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

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

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
Bank holiday swaps

We asked employees of Mars UK how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

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

Flexa100 2024

1st – Large companies

Industry awards 2023

Consumer Goods

Flexa100 2023

3rd – Large companies

Industry awards 2022

Retail & Ecommerce