Mars UK • United Kingdom

R&D Regional Systems Functional Analyst - Raw Material and Formulation Specification Management

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:


R&D Regional Systems Functional Analyst – Raw Material and Formulation Specification Management (R1)


As part of the newly formed MGS (Mars Global Services) R&D team, we are looking to appoint a Functional Analyst to support our quality and R&D systems and processes. Their role is to ensure the sustainability and maintenance of deployed enterprise R&D systems/ platforms in the region, across all segments (Mars Wrigley, Petcare and Food) and deliver functional expertise to the business. This role has responsibility for operational support of R&D/Quality systems for the business units and will drive business process compliance, continuous improvements/ upgrades and knowledge management. This role supports the Corporate R&D digitalization roadmap by owning the implementation of new capabilities in the business units, working closely with Corporate R&D Systems product owners, segment/unit stakeholders and Mars Digital Technology partners. Regional Functional Experts ensures compliance to data quality requirements and works with Segment Data custodians to identify and address compliance gaps in the business units.

Our preferred locations for this role arSlough (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 role will specialise in supporting the following Mars Specification Management system capabilities:

  • Raw Material Specification

  • Formulation Specification

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?

  • Degree level in a Food Science / Food Quality degree (this is mandatory)

  • Ideally the candidate will have some work experience in an R&D / Quality function within an FMCG environment

  • Fluent in English

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Change Management – Business As Usual Support and & New Capability development

  • Business Process - Support global and segment process owners in process compliance

  • Data quality - Supports regional FEs in process/ data quality compliance and root cause analysis of gaps with key users/end users. Performs data analysis of Traceability issues or Regulatory queries as requested by Data Custodians.

  • Deployment – supports deployments of capabilities across the organisation

  • Super User Activities - responsible for maintenance of technical and master data as part of system configuration

  • Knowledge Management - responsible for maintenance and creation of standard global training documentation in English

  • Communication - responsible for cascading system changes to key users/end users.

  • Testing - Responsible for cascading system changes to key users/end users.

  • Issue resolution - Analysis of incident trends and SLAs for region/segments to drive CIs

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.

For a confidential chat about this vacancy, 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
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
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