Mars UK • United Kingdom

Product Strategy Lead

Employment type:  Full time

3–4 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Job Purpose/Overview

One Demand Data & Analytics (ODDA) is a Mars Wrigley program that harnesses the power of data and insights to solve some of the critical business-wide problems we face – unlocking quality growth and operational excellence.

Through ODDA, we deliver connected insights across the entire demand ecosystem. We empower our Associates with the right data, tools and capabilities so they can take decisive action, maximizing value and making a meaningful impact on our consumers, our customers and our business.

The Portfolio & Innovation Analytics vertical within ODDA seeks to equip Mars Associates with the capabilities needed to address portfolio health and innovation from a holistic and analytics-driven viewpoint.

What are we looking for?

Job Specifications/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Business Administration, Engineering, Mathematics, and related field. Advanced degree preferred

  • Significant experience in data science work, managing and building advanced analytics

  • Analytics experience, preferably in the Consumer Products Good Industry. Experience in demand side analytics like route to market, strategic pricing, trade promotions and retailer dynamics

  • Experience in developing analytical models using multi variate regression and build machine learning algorithms using data science experience

  • Analyze large and complex data sources such as Nielsen

  • CPG and Retailer knowledge preffered

  • Manage and collaboratively work with both internal and external data engineering and data science teams to ensure the right outcomes are delivered through the tools and models

  • Ability to understand business requirements, lead design thinking sessions to frame the problem and help create an advanced analytics plan through business insights for trade strategy implementation and price execution

  • Able to establish strong working relationship at all organizational levels across different functional teams

  • Strong articulation skills to present insights and recommendations from exploratory analysis, models and optimizations to senior business stakeholders and work with product owners to define the execution plan

  • Develop financial models for scenario planning and forecasting

  • Ability to lead complex analytical exercises/projects and which lead to actionable direction within the marketplace

Key Responsibilities

This role is responsible for evangelizing the adoption of data driven decisions across Mars Wrigley by leading the development of advanced analytics methods, mining vast amounts of data from data lake (internal/ external data) to provide actionable insights for solving business problems or finding opportunities for profitable growth & efficiency.

  • Lead, manage, and build Advanced analytics capabilities, focusing on Portfolio & Innovation analytics and, bringing in new ideas and solutions to business stakeholders and help create a phased plan of execution

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the business, work with key business stakeholders to understand their challenges and formulate business problems

  • Ideate and build early perspectives on actionable insights to the problem and work with the decision science team to prove/ disprove the hypothesis, continuously iterating as new information and/or insights come to light

  • Help the decision science team with business context and provide necessary feedback during the analysis phase to ensure the outcomes deliver insights that are needed by the business

  • Have a strong understanding of the various statistical techniques, its application and translate the model outcomes into insights/ business terms

  • Leverage the Mars Digital Engine Framework to Find the problem using user centric approach (Design Thinking), Solve it using Advanced Analytics and Machine learning, Automate the solution to scale while delivering in an agile manner

  • Enabling & Refining the operating model for one demand advanced analytics in partnership with global and in market stakeholders

  • Collaborating with functional experts on an ongoing basis to ensure quality delivery for the global digital transformation program

  • Ensure knowledge and best practices sharing across segments and markets to ensure re usability and improving analytical maturity

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.

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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

We asked employees of Mars UK how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

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

Flexa100 2024

1st – Large companies

Industry awards 2023

Consumer Goods

Flexa100 2023

3rd – Large companies

Industry awards 2022

Retail & Ecommerce