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Job Description

Job Description:

Hybrid working - Slough

Salary from £45,000 with annual bonus and amazing benefits

Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats is an entrepreneurial arms-length business focused on extending the Mars brands into new categories beyond confectionery through external partners (suppliers and distributors). The business currently operates in a number of categories: Milk Drinks, Hot Chocolate, Cakes & Bakes, Desserts, Chocolate Spreads, Cake Mixes, Free From and Quick Serve Restaurants across the UK and Europe.

We have a unique and exciting opportunity to lead the technical delivery of our Powders category, covering all aspects of supplier/customer relationship management across Q&FS, technical, legal compliance and NPD. We are looking for our next Technical Head to join our dynamic business in Maidenhead. This is a Hybrid working position with the expectation of 2 days per week in the office (as a minimum) with the potential opportunity to work from home 3 days per week.

What are we looking for?

For the Powders category, we are looking for technical expertise and experience to oversee a wide portfolio of projects. Our ideal candidate will also have a broad experience within food manufacturing from product innovation through to Quality and Food Safety management.

A successful candidate will thrive in working in a dynamic, fast-paced and complex environment in a cross functional team. They will be connected to the delivery of the business results gaining business acumen, external perspective and experiencing an agile environment.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Responsible for all Technical and Quality aspects of this category in the MCDT business.
  • Lead the category to create & deliver creative solutions for new products & packs, working with our co-manufacturing partners.
  • Implement & maintain Mars Quality standards and other Mars Quality initiatives into the category.
  • Lead technical factory audits take place for our contract manufacturers, ensuring the expertise & capability exists to manage & produce Mars products.
  • Own all technical documentation for existing products and ensure these are agreed, updated as necessary and communicated to suppliers, using negotiation skills if necessary.
  • Keep abreast of industry, consumer and technology trends as well as the activity of competitors, while ensuring that these insights are incorporated into the development of a superior product offering
  • On non-conformance & issues resolution, act as the technical point of contact between Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats and the factories.
  • Promptly deal with the factories to solve any technical issues which impact on quality, cost or our ability to supply.
  • Collaborating with external manufacturing partners and internal teams to execute the new product development agenda, leading all aspects of new product development including sample review, trial coordination and artwork.

Key Functional Competencies & Technical Skills:

  • Ideally you will have a Science Degree with a background/experience in food manufacturing/quality or equivalent experience.
  • Allergen management knowledge and risk assessment.
  • Great project management skills.
  • Food manufacturing knowledge/experience.
  • Food Safety Management Programme and Standards (including GMP, GHP, HACCP, allergens).
  • Reactive and proactive risk management experience.
  • Lead auditor/Auditor experience (ideally with qualification).
  • Passionate about Stakeholder management

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.

What does the application process look like?

After submitting your application, if successful, you can expect a call with a TA Partner and then two stages of interviews with the hiring team, one will be an informal Teams introduction chat, the panel interview will be on-site involving a technical case study, a prepared presentation and competency based interview, as well as a chance to meet the team. We're committed to accommodating any adjustments you may need to support your recruitment journey.

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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