Mars UK • United Kingdom

Operations Apprentice

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a 3-year Apprenticeship, where you will be working towards the Level 3 Food and Drink Technical Operator qualification. You will take part in fantastic training courses and team building events, whilst tackling real challenges and taking on real responsibility.

You’ll need to be a great team player and communicator, with the motivation to get results and a positive mindset. As a Mars Apprentice you will gain a professional qualification, as well as on the job experience.

Salary £17,100 rising on completion of each academic year + annual bonus + benefits.

When we make brands that put smiles on people’s faces and create better moments for millions, we feel a sense of pride in our work! Today, our iconic products like M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, ORBIT®, EXTRA® and Skittles® are enjoyed in more than 180 countries.

What are we looking for?

  • 5 GCSEs Grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent) in Maths, English, a Science and any two other subjects
  • A demonstrable interest in leadership and being hands on
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The desire to learn
  • Willing and able to travel to our Slough site
  • You'll be required to work shifts in this role, and as such we require you to be 18+ by 4th September, 2023

What would be your key responsibilities?

From your first day at Mars, you’ll get quality mentoring and coaching from our experienced associates, as well as:

  • Developing leadership skills to enable you to lead a team to achieve results
  • Learning how to operate, diagnose faults, repair and maintain our equipment
  • Working across both process and wrapping areas
  • Applying all relevant Mars quality and safety systems to ensure the safety of people and products is maintained.

On successful completion of the Operations Apprenticeship you will have demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to take ownership and accountability for a number of machines, processes or pieces of equipment and carry out complex operational tasks, enabling you to coordinate a team of operational Associates to achieve line KPIs and take the lead in repairing mechanical breakdowns.

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.

Applications will be reviewed regularly and may close early if we receive a high number of applicants. We currently expect to hold our assessment day during March 2023. We may also hold an assessment day at a later date.

Want to know more about the recruitment process? Visit the Apprenticeship page on our careers website.

We are keen for all applicants to demonstrate their full potential. If you require any support or adjustments during the recruitment process for any reason, including those related to a disability please contact us at apprenticesupport@effem.com. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence.


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

4000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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