Mars UK • Montpellier, Herault, France

Purchasing Operations Manager - WET (F/M/X)

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Contract: Permanent/CDI

Segment: Royal Canin Europe

Location: All Royal Canin offices in Europe

The Royal Canin EU Purchasing Operations team is a customer-centric team, connecting all Supply Chain functions, especially Factories, Supply Chain and Purchasing with our internal & external stakeholders. We ensure business continuity, deploying strategy and leading crisis management.

The Purchasing Operations Manager is responsible for the full WET Raws & Packs portfolio working in close connection with the factory in Bruck (Austria), Pet Nutrition Europe Purchasing team and Royal Canin Purchasing team (Regional & Global) and suppliers. The role is to leverage existing connection within Royal Canin / Pet Nutrition Europe (PNE) to improve WoW with MARS Petcare & drive WET Operational effectiveness.

What are we looking for?

  • Relevant experience working within Purchasing, Supply Chain or Project Management type of roles

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • First point of contact between suppliers and supply chain operations to solve and prevent assigned raws and packs category supply issues, enabling a high-level of service to production sites and driving excellence in Operational execution

  • Be the first line of escalation of supply issues between suppliers and stakeholders (Business Crisis Management lead & assure communication with the business)

  • Assure consistency on Raws & Packs forecast vs WET ROYAL CANIN availability and needs for all BRUCK markets and align Royal Canin & PNE sourcing team on volume need.

  • Be the Purchasing Ops Expert for WET with Global and Regional, Royal Canin and Pet Nutrition, Sourcing managers , Regional Royal Canin and Pet Nutrition SQA, especially focusing on the Supply Risk evaluation and mitigation

  • Development and implementation of inbound pipeline strategies with Supply Chain projects ​

  • Support forecasting activities between the Flow team and Suppliers. Work through issues with Supplier bottle necks or material shortages

  • Own the supplier logistics relationship for material, including communication of material requirements and management of supplier performance.

  • Drive supplier performance management and continuously develop a lean end-to-end supply chain

  • Identify and deliver value chain optimization opportunities (Do It Best savings)

  • Partner with Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) associates to manage crisis and regulatory challenges to minimize business impact

What can you expect from Mars?

  • At Mars, we believe in a relationship of mutual trust, dignity and respect between our company and Associates that is more meaningful than the standard employer/employee relationship.

  • As Associates, we can expect to be respected, supported and valued as individuals, to be treated fairly and equitably.

  • An environment where you are empowered to be proactive and to take initiatives to make a difference.

  • You will work in a multicultural environment (more than 40 nationalities) and where your dog will be welcomed by more than 100 other Associates’ dogs at the office!



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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