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Mars UK • Chicago, Illinois, United States

Procurement Solutions Architect

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

As we look to simplify, integrate and embed our new and existing procurement, sustainability and supply chain resilience tools into Mars Wrigley processes, we are looking for a Solution Architect to bring detailed technical knowledge and leadership to the design and decision-making process. While there is a lot of great knowledge in pockets across Mars regarding how tools are used and how the data is flowing, we are lacking a central lead who has the technical knowledge to bring it all together into one clear ecosystem. This role will work closely with Mars Wrigley Digital Technologies, Mars Global Services Digital Technologies and the Mars Wrigley Procurement, Sustainability and Supply functions to map out our data and systems landscape and consult on how to best move forward in partnership with other programs and initiatives.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Business Management; demonstrated experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • 10 – 15 years’ technical experience in development with special focus in designing and running procurement and supply chain systems for CPG including SAP S4 and its integration with data and analytics, purchasing, and planning tools.
  • Hands on experience background in application development, data, integration, and technology lifecycle management
  • Experience in the technical leadership of large software implementation projects including Enterprise Integration technologies and patterns
  • Experience mapping tools and systems to end to end processes in service of efficient and robust ecosystem design, and guiding analysis for additional fit for purpose solutions to address gaps or inefficiencies.
  • Ability to deliver compelling and confident presentations centered on development and design and its value connection to process automation
  • Ability to develop trusted relationships across internal technical and business stakeholder groups, and key partners such as SAP and partner ecosystem
  • Ability to manage complexity and ambiguity and give clear advice and leadership to internal and external teams

What will be your key responsibilities?

As a Solution Architect, you will be a leading resource that is responsible for overseeing the broader procurement, sustainability, and supply chain resilience solution ecosystem and influencing and designing innovative software solutions. This role facilitates business and IT alignment, connects strategy to execution, and leads the broader understanding of how systems and data work together to support business processes.

  • Analyze and translate business requirements into an architectural blueprint that outlines solutions which integrate across applications, systems and platforms to achieve optimized sourcing
  • Map the relationships between systems components (i.e., end users, business processes, applications, data, IT platform hardware/software, and networks)
  • Identify key interactions and dependencies across separate sourcing systems and platforms
  • Propose industry standard methodologies and templates for the platforms and software that support sourcing
  • Evaluate and establish the technical integrity of solutions, and ensure they remain aligned to requirements and delivery throughout projects
  • Maintain the alignment, integration, and coordination of architecture activities across different programs, projects and products within procurement, sourcing, and supply chain resilience
  • Oversee development and application of minimal viable architectures, which can include a set of standards, reference architecture patterns, principles, and guardrails, through the EA governance model. Clarify accountability and provide the focal point for agile, effective, and efficient decision making throughout governance processes.
  • Collaborate with delivery teams to ensure consistency with enterprise architecture and cyber security, as well as to leverage shared technologies, tools and processes that impact speed to value and time to market.
  • Collaborate with infrastructure teams to ensure consistency with the enterprise architecture, as well as to identify when it is vital to modify the overall enterprise architecture.
  • Provide accurate and timely analysis and information to project management team collaborating on reporting project status, issues, risks and benefits
  • Establish, build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external technical peers and build new relationships through networking to support effective delivery and continuous path for evergreening the solutions

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
Sabbaticals
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
Location
94%
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Hours
91%
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Benefits
84%
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
80%
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
81%
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Autonomy
90%
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Diversity
75%
Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Inclusion
78%
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Culture
86%
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Mission
84%
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Salary
70%
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)

57:43

Office locations

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

Hiring Countries

Brazil
France
Netherlands
United Kingdom
United States

Awards & Achievements

1st – Large companies

1st – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023
3rd – Large companies

3rd – Large companies

Flexa100 2023
Retail & Ecommerce

Retail & Ecommerce

Industry awards 2022

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