Mars UK • United Kingdom

R&D Regional FE Network Lead

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:


R&D Regional FE Network Lead


As part of the newly formed MGS (Mars Global Services) R&D team, we are seeking to appoint a new Middle East, Europe and Africa R&D Regional FA (Functional Analyst) Lead. This role will work effectively with various stakeholders and functions in Corporate, Segments and in Mars Digital Technologies to improve our digital R&D products, to support compliance with our R&D process and ensure user efficiency in using our R&D system. This role will also manage a team of 10 Functional Analysts. Each Functional Analyst will be responsible to support a subset of the R&D digital Capabilities.

This role can be based in the United Kingdom in Slough (ISB) or Waltham (WAL), Hungary in Bokoros (BOK), Poland in Sochaczew (SOC), Egypt in October City (OCT). Working in a hybrid model, we expect 1 day a week home site attendance and candidates need to be based within commuting distance from one of these Mars sites.

This is a great opportunity to commence in a newly structured R&D team and get an in-depth understanding of both quality processes and the systems that support them.

What are we looking for?

  • Demonstrated line management skills across a multicultural team at different sites.

  • Experience in developing Talent and engagement levels in a team

  • Strong project and/or program management skills supported by strong attention to details both RD and or IT functions with a track record for delivering projects and ability to influence others across segments and regions

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with experience in working on global environment ideally with different business segments and different cultures.

  • Experience in R&D / Quality systems

  • Experience in Manufacturing and or supply chain

  • Fluent in English

What your key responsibilities be?

  • Leadership – build a highly engaged and professional R&D team within the region.

  • Business Process – support the creation and use of a new operating model across the team.

  • Communication - responsible for linking with and engaging regional segment leaders to determine how best to support their needs.

  • Issue resolution - accountable for “excellence in execution of signature processes” and services (including issue resolution, data analysis, reporting and testing)

  • Problem solving - Providing prioritisation and escalation support to the team.

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.

If you would like to have a confidential chat about this role, please contact Bhavika Upton (Senior Talent Acquisition Partner).

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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Company employees

4000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

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