Mars UK • United Kingdom

Procurement Specialist

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Commercial Inbound Specialist/Procurement Specialist (12 month contract)

The Commercial Inbound Specialist is the senior procurement professional at the site. This role will support key site strategic projects and initiatives, playing a fundamental role in driving the overall strategy for commercial and Pet Nutrition Europe locally, driving commercial excellence. The successful candidate will take responsibility for managing inbound raw/packaging escalations as they occur, as well ask acting as the commercial representative in site leadership forums when required.

What would your key responsibilities be?

  • Development and implementation of inbound pipeline strategies, while applying lean principles

  • Manage stakeholder relationship with local teams (SMT, Site-R&D, Logistics etc.)

  • Ensure execution of agreed material MSSM strategies on the site

  • Responsible for Local Buying, including raw and packaging material not covered by Sourcing and sub-processing where applicable.

  • Challenge existing business norms with the support of the European Strategic Sourcing Manager to exploit supplier developments & innovations.

  • Drive local COGS reduction by working with internal stakeholders and external partners

  • Commercial representation in local and European ATG on demand

  • Identification of optimization opportunities, ensuring COGS pipeline to agreed OGSM targets

  • Owns legal agreements (contracts) with local suppliers

  • Supporting Supplier Reviews and conducting pipeline reviews with key local suppliers

What are we looking for?

  • Significant experience within a commercial, supply chain or similar role

  • Good IT knowledge (SAP would be a bonus)

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • An awareness of Lean principles

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

What can you expect from Mars?

  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including excellent pension.

  • Pet-friendly offices, where your pets’ enjoyment is as high on our agenda as yours.

  • A company that understands the importance of a work-life balance.

  • The chance to take hold of your own career and develop personally and professionally.


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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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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