Mars UK • United Kingdom

Pet Unit Facilitator

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Pet Unit Facilitator

Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire

Salary package starting from £30,943 (including company bonus) + Benefits

This opportunity is for individuals that want to join us in delivering on our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. The role will facilitate the day to day running of one of the 8 Pet Units at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute: a global research and development site for Mars Petcare.

Each unit is home to 60 or more dogs and cats, who need 7 day per week care and training. All the pets take part in research studies that need to be planned and delivered. This role is responsible for ensuring that all resources are in place; this includes people, pets, facilities, food, and consumables. The role focusses on scheduling and liaising with teams across the pet center to plan activities and ensure everything goes smoothly.

They are also a key influencer of quality, safety and welfare and are accountable for developing and delivering several continuous improvement activities that drive quality and effectiveness. There may be opportunity to deputise for the Unit Manager on occasion.

You will also have the chance to focus on your personal development.

What would be your key responsibilities?

  • Ensure that the Unit runs to the maximum effectiveness
  • Plan and maintain the Unit training matrix and Unit team training plan to ensure that the correct skills are in place
  • Responsible for ensuring that the data collected is accurate and of a sufficient quality, carry out routine analysis and provide insights to the Unit Managers
  • Manage the Unit resource scheduling, including people, pet diets, consumables, animal care plan, unit tasks
  • Own and manage continuous improvement projects on the areas of Unit Quality, Safety, Environment or Animal Welfare

What are we looking for?

  • An interest in research and animal welfare
  • Good communication skills with the ability to drive people towards a vision or goal
  • Experience and ability in planning and managing multiple projects in an operational setting
  • Agile working style and innovative thinking, aligned with the Mars 5 Principles
  • Ability to work on a rota, including every 1 in 5 weekends and up to 3 bank holidays per year

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 inhouse Mars University
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including a 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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4000 In the UK

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Office locations

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