Mars UK • Veghel, North Brabant, Netherlands

Operations Lead External Manufacturing

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

The main goal of Commercial Operations Lead is to ensure an External Manufacturing supplier base we can trust, by delivering growth projects, resolving issues in daily operations, driving operational excellence via supplier performance management and leading value leadership initiatives.

What are we looking for?

  • University degree preferred

  • Knowledge of and experience in Supply and preferrably Procument best practices

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Dealing with ambiguity and problem solving skills

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

  • Ability to organise workload

  • Ability to analyse data and assess information quickly

  • Dedication to meeting the expectations and requirements of customers

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Managing day-to-day operations for External Manufacturers in Europe and resolve (potential) issues impacting service
  • Leading the periodical Supplier Performance Management meetings with the co-manufacturers in Europe
  • Being responsible for project management during execution phase with the aim to deliver successful implementation of new suppliers and new activities at existing suppliers
  • Driving Operational Excellence (continuous improvement) at suppliers, in terms of service, efficiency, cost, and quality
  • Risk management: Develop and deploy risk mitigation strategies
  • Being the Owner of Procure to Pay cycle: Interacting with Central Service Team to efficiently run the end-to-end procurement process and optimise ways of working

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

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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.

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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
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