Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Senior Manager for External Communications Brand PR

2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

As Senior External Communications Manager - Brand PR on the Mars Wrigley UK team, you are responsible for communications planning, narrative development, copy writing & messaging, media relations, visible leadership, and groundbreaking Brand PR, to further our business objectives and build the reputation of Mars in the UK. You will report into the Corporate Affairs Director for the segment and will assist them in executing excellent external communications for Mars and our brands.

What are we looking for?

  • The successful candidate will have creativity in abundance, a strategic mind, an excellent stakeholder manager, a flair for storytelling, and a media savvy mindset. You must have extensive External Brand PR.

    Highly strategic in both corporate and brand PR, we are looking for a personable and collaborative candidate with a passion for corporate affairs that has mastered internal and external stakeholder management. The successful candidate will have their finger on the cultural pulse, have a growth mindset and will be comfortable thinking outside the box. They’ll also be calm in a crisis and be able to provide quick strategic counsel and guide teams through their thinking.

    We’re looking for someone who has press office experience in a fast-paced media environment and knows the landscape well and is comfortable speaking to journalists and other external stakeholders. But above all, we’re looking for a transformative character with a leading ‘can-do’ mentality.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Press Office: Staffing the Mars Wrigley UK Press Office handling media enquiries in a timely manner with our corporate PR agency.

  • Brand PR: Working closely with our local marketing teams to execute brand PR with excellence. We are looking for someone who can provide strategic advice, creative ideas and delivery of Brand Communications in support of our brands, product launches and campaigns.

  • Corporate PR: Strategic development and delivery of proactive external communications aligned with business strategy.

  • Issues and crisis: Daily strategic counsel on Mars issues and opportunities, guiding our brands and business through any issues and storms and always looking for proactive ways to future proof the reputation of the UK business.

  • Visible leadership: Work with our leadership team, specifically our general manager to build out their presence in UK media.

  • Media training: Confidently media train our internal stakeholders for external engagements

  • Media Management: Engaging with key journalist, media and influencers as needed in support of segment, corporate and brand reputation goals.

  • Agency Management: to support strategic direction and smooth running of day-to-day partnership and engagement.

  • Strategic Counsel: Be the go-to counsellor for Mars Associates needing advice on external/internal issues. Regularly forecast any future issues coming up in the pipeline and help create strategies to protect, enhance and/or accelerate business objectives.

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
Sabbaticals
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
Location
94%
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Hours
91%
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Benefits
84%
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
80%
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
81%
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Autonomy
90%
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Diversity
75%
Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Inclusion
78%
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Culture
86%
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Mission
84%
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Salary
70%
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)

57:43

Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

Brazil

France

Netherlands

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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