Mars UK • United Kingdom

Section Manager Cakes and Bakes

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats (MCDT) is an entrepreneurial arms-length business focused on extending the Mars brands into new chocolate categories beyond confectionery though 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, and QSR across UK and Europe.

As Cakes and Bakes expands to be the largest category in MCDT, with the highest growth target, it needs a junior role to assist the current Section Head. This role job holder will be responsible for a number of distributors that contribute to delivering net sales value (NSV) and projected to growth over the next 4 years. The role is accountable for the management and delivery of an agreed Category strategy and NSV target within year. The role is accountable for identifying and championing the optimum channels and product ranges for MCDT NSV generating model, delivering this via external co-manufacturers and distributors.

What are we looking for?

  • At least 3 years sales/marketing/activity management/commercial experience/category management experience

  • Ability to work as part of a cross functional team

  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and drive actions

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Identifying and delivering the category strategies to deliver the MCDT plan within Cakes and Bakes.

  • Identifying and championing the optimum channels and product ranges for MCDT NSV generating model, delivering this via external co-manufacturers and distributors.

  • Working with suppliers and R&D team to develop and deliver first class products to meet financial parameters.

  • Ensuring all launches are project managed cross functionally

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.

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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