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Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Seasons, Gifting & Galaxy Category Strategy Leader

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

The role will lead the development of category growth strategies for the Seasons & Gifting category & the Galaxy brand and provide insight and thought leadership to drive purchase. This role will be the voice of the category, customer and shopper, providing key insights linked to the Snacking Category Vision through key business forums and through effective stakeholder engagement. This role is critical to ensure Mars Wrigley growth plans are category and customer centric. The role will work closely with brand marketing, customer marketing, SRM and sales teams, to grow the category and Mars Wrigley’s share of the Snacking category. This will include ensuring Category Vision/Category growth plans play a key role through the S&OP+ processes & forums.

What are we looking for?

  • Proficiency in drafting and executing Category Strategy
  • Proven track record of successfully translating Insights into Growth Opportunities
  • Organizational savviness as the role involves working closely with multiple cross-functional stakeholders – Local and Regional
  • Strong influencing and story-telling skills
  • Familiarity with data platforms – Nielsen and Kantar
  • This position is office-based at the Slough site (2 days a week in office), and reports into the Category Strategy Head.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Build strong and influential relationships internally across the CBU, Category Leadership team, Customer marketing, SRM and Sales teams, based on delivering thought leadership through category strategy and vision building
  • Be the voice of the customer, category and shopper internally, inspiring and driving a category-first mindset and customer-centric culture
  • Deliver the critical customer, category and shopper inputs for the Seasons & Gifting & Galaxy strategic initiatives into S&OP+
  • Responsible for leading and delivering Seasons & Gifting & Galaxy category strategy story/category growth plan development internally:
  • Category Driver development, quantification, and growth strategies through Category Growth Plan
  • Influence category centric/moment-led brand and activation initiatives
  • Translate and execute Purchase Decision Hierarchy & segmentation into the future fixture vision
  • Support 3 year business planning (IVCP) and performance leadership
  • Support Innovation management through S&OP+ process
  • Develop and lead Category Selling Stories and Seasonal sell-ins

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.

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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