Mars UK • United Kingdom

Senior Counsel Pet Nutrition and Food UK

Employment type:  Full time

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

We are hiring a Senior Counsel for our Mars Pet Nutrition and our Mars Food businesses in the UK, reporting to the Associate General Counsel Europe.

In this role, you are the legal advisor to the Leadership Teams of our Pet Nutrition and Food businesses in the UK. You are a member of the Mars Pet Nutrition UK Leadership Team, reporting dotted-line to the General Manager of the Pet Nutrition business.

As the general legal business partner of your business units, you’re accountable for a wide variety of legal issues except for trademarks and patents. You focus your day-to-day support on our Marketing, Sales, Corporate Affairs, Supply Chain and Commercial functions.

For 50% of your time, you also support the Associate General Counsel Pet Nutrition on Europe-wide legal issues and projects.

To succeed in this role, you will carry-out appropriate review processes, establish legal guidelines and recommend acceptable levels of risk taking. Faced with creative clients operating in a fast moving, complex and highly competitive environment, you are perceived as a business enabler.

You will develop close working relationships with other members of the Mars legal team across Europe and with our global legal expert teams e.g., the data privacy team, the trademarks team, the patents team etc.

You will need to travel at least 15% of the time.

What are we looking for?

Key Experiences

You are a Solicitor with 7 to 10 years post qualification experience acquired in the U.K. working at a Law firm and/or at a FMCG or Retail business (preferably US or UK group of companies).

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

Demonstrate legal fundamentals

Legal budget management (Advanced)

External counsel management (Expert)

Oral and written communication (Expert) [English necessary, a second language is a plus]

Training Skills (Advanced)

Delivers Legal Excellence

Marketing and Advertising Law (Advanced)

Food Law (Essentials)

Unfair trading practices (Advanced)

Competition Law (Advanced)

Labor Law (Essentials)

Curiosity in all aspects of the Law is a must for a generalist.

Protects the business

Risk management (Expert)

Litigation management (Advanced)

Crisis management (Expert)

Contract drafting and negotiation (Expert)

Drives an Ethics and Compliance Culture

Ethical Leadership (Expert)

Corporate Governance (Advanced)

What will be your key responsibilities?

You manage all day-to-day legal work with the exception of trademarks and patents:

  • Review and approve communications, advertising, promotions, and product claims
  • Review and approve sales and procurement contracts
  • Advise on consumer complaints
  • Ensure compliance with corporate secretarial obligations and corporate governance as well as corporate policies and standards.

You manage our external legal resources:

  • Identify and filter the legal issues which need to be reviewed by external legal counsel
  • Ensure quality and consistency of work performed by external advisors
  • Manages external legal budget of your Units.

You support the roll-out of the Compliance program locally

You Manage all dispute resolution & litigation other than trademarks or patents related

As a savvy professional you remain informed of legal developments and changes in the legal/regulatory environment

You Train associates on various aspects of the law

What can you expect from Mars?

Work with over 130,000 like-minded 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. #LI-RM1

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