1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

The Waltham Petcare Science Institute provides the word-class science behind the MARS Petcare brands. Our work at WALTHAM covers diverse topics in pet nutrition, health, and wellbeing and is achieved through designed experiments and real-world data. The role of the Product Owner will be to deliver projects in collaboration with our IT partners and internal stakeholders that will transform our product landscape and provide an infrastructure that supports our Petcare strategy of creating a better world for pets.

What are we looking for?

An experienced product owner, managing the delivery of data products and systems that meet business needs:

  • Educated to degree level in an IT subject, or equivalent experience.

  • Comprehensive understanding of modern enterprise IT practices, especially system and product integration, micro-services, data management and data lakes.

  • Strong project management skills (both agile and waterfall approaches) and experience of effective stakeholder management

  • Experience of product lifecycle management principles and tools (e.g. DevOps) and relational database manipulation and interrogation.

  • Experience in R&D environment is desirable.

What will be your key responsibilities?

As a member of the WALTHAM data systems team, you will:

  • Own multiple strategic data products that support our science, providing clear documentation on specifications and having a deep understanding of each solution at the data, technical and business process levels.

  • Delivery of product build and continuous improvement projects whilst working with a range of stakeholders, ensuring clarification of business needs, timely implementation and high-quality change management.

  • Responsible for ensuring that high quality data is presented from the products to our researchers, and the data dictionaries maintained in the data catalogue.

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
Bank holiday swaps
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

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

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
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)


Office locations

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

Hiring Countries

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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