Mars UK • London, London, United Kingdom

Senior Director, Digital Core Global Pet Nutrition

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Are you passionate about Data and Analytics (D&A) and excited about how it can transform the way an enterprise’s supply chain and innovation work? Do you have the strategic vision, technical expertise, and leadership skills to drive data-driven solutions? Do you want to work in a dynamic, fast-growing category? If so, you might be the ideal candidate for the role of Senior Director- Data & Analytics - Digital Core for Global Pet Nutrition (PN) at Mars.

Pet Nutrition (PN) is the most vibrant category in the FMCG sector. As we work to transform this exciting category, a new program, Digital First, has been mobilized by the Mars Pet Nutrition (PN) leadership team. Digital First places pet parents at the centre of all we do, while digitalizing a wide range of business process areas, and creating future fit capabilities to achieve ambitious targets in top line growth, earnings, and user centricity.

Digitising at scale across Supply & Demand is one of the key focus areas for Digital First. The agenda requires you to demonstrate significant thought leadership, quality decision making, deep technical know-how, and an ability to navigate complex business challenges while building and leading a team of world class data and analytics leaders.

As part of Digital First, a new role has been created to lead Data & Analytics (D&A) for all areas of Supply Chain and Innovation for the Pet Nutrition division: the Sr. Director – Data and Analytics – Digital Core (Pet Nutrition). This strategic D&A Leadership role pivotal in shaping and executing our data-driven strategies and delivering the products and programs that optimize enterprise planning, end-to-end value chain, commercial procurement, and manufacturing processes, sustainability and R&D led Innovation. Reporting to the VP- Data and Analytics (Global Pet Nutrition), the person in this role will also be accountable to the VP – Digital Core and be a part of the PN Digital Core leadership team. The role operates globally and partners with PN business leaders across all functions.

What are we looking for?

  • Overall, 15 years of experience in data and analytics; Minimum 8 years of experience supply /manufacturing analytics domain
  • Strong track record of customer facing success and business acumen in working with teams to identify problems to solve, ideating on the art of the possible, and bringing possibilities to life.
  • Proven strategy, planning, delivery, governance and people and org management skills, capability, and experience
  • Experience in delivery management of analytical products, including strength in business -to-science translation to enable partnering with Product Teams in bringing analytics products to life.
  • Analytics foundation – knowledgeable in operations research, data engineering and the data science domains.
  • Understands the technology landscape and can navigate through technology stack discussions to identify tradeoffs of choices.
  • Can anticipate the impact of choices and interdependencies across markets, regions and segments.
  • Practitioner experience in the supply chain domain is a plus.
  • Strong story-telling skills with ability to educate non-digitally savvy leadership & staff, working across multiple levels.
  • Executive stakeholder communications experience
  • Proven track record to get things done in a matrixed organization – including the ability to influence without authority.
  • Customer focused with demonstrated ability to form productive relationships with business leaders, DT personnel and project leaders.

What will be your key responsibilities?

Working with Global Leaders and Regional Stakeholders, bring the Supply Chain and Innovation Vision to life, thru world class application of Data and Analytics to create sustainable value, including:

  • Strategy and Thought Leadership: Collaborate with PN Core Digital Leadership to Develop and execute a comprehensive data and analytics strategy aligned with the Pet Nutrition’s global supply chain and innovation priorities.
  • Executional Excellence and Results Delivery: Be laser focused on Value Creation and adoption of created capabilities to deliver impact/ results through advanced analytics, identifying opportunities for efficiency improvements.
  • Partnering for Impact: Manage a wide group of stakeholders, partner with other senior director peers, market heads and cross-functional teams to collaboratively transform our collective capabilities and maturity, and drive a culture of data driven, informed decision-making.
  • D&A Product Development: Lead the end-to-end D&A product development lifecycle, from ideation to implementation and ongoing enhancement across supply and innovation domains.
  • Performance measurement: Define and track key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success and impact of analytics products.
  • Program Planning: Develop a comprehensive plan, including scope, deliverables, timelines, resource requirements, and risk management strategies to create data and analytics products that deliver value.
  • Team Management: lead a high-performing global team of product managers, data scientists, analysts, engineers, and other professionals to ensure effective collaboration and successful execution.
  • Vendor Selection and Management: Strike the right balance of internal vs. outsourced capability building- preserving technical and design leadership, while harnessing outside-in innovation. Oversee the selection of vendors, manage vendor relationships, and ensure adherence to contractual agreements.
  • Budget and Resource Management: Monitor and control the program budget, allocate resources effectively, and make data-driven decisions to optimize program efficiency.
  • Governance and Compliance: Establish and maintain robust data governance practices to ensure the accuracy, integrity, and security of supply chain data.
  • Create the right Culture: Implement a culture of collaborative progress, and continuous improvement, regularly assessing and refining data and analytics processes to align with evolving business requirements.
  • Change leadership:
    • Raising the ceiling: Act as a thought leader, changing expectations of ‘what is possible’.
    • Raising the floor: Act as an organizational coach ensuring that associates are skilled in the use of the tools and capabilities.

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
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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