Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Senior Scientific and Regulatory Affairs - UK/IRL Market Lead

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

We have an opportunity for a Senior Scientific and Regulatory Affairs - UK/IRL Market Lead (known internally as - Program Manager SRA (Science & Regulatory Affairs) UK/IRL) to join us at Mars. You will lead a variety of regional regulatory activities related to raw materials, finished products, labelling, claims, packaging and supporting UK/IRL. In this role, you will provide leadership and guidance to internal partners on regulatory matters, recommend options and implement solutions to resolve problems so that products can be brought to market in the UK and Ireland, and across the broader region of EU, CEAB and Turkey.

You’ll represent Mars and actively participate and lead on external activities as a member of industry associations. You will also be part of a regional organisation covering around 40 markets located across 7 different sites.

This is a hybrid working role with around 2 days per week based from our Slough site.

Salary from £60,000 plus car allowance and 20% annual bonus.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Accountable for the development and execution of the external regulatory influencing strategy related to UK/IRL. Works with internal partners to understand priorities and impacts of developing legislation and aligns appropriate external positions.
  • Accountable for providing regulatory and strategic guidance to relevant internal partners on existing and new regulations and emerging regulatory issues of interest to the Company and managing technical regulatory issues. Maintains up to date knowledge on key developments in food law and policy via literature reviews, conference attendance, and participation in professional association activities so that the potential impact to MWC can be examined and addressed or opportunities can be generated and materialised and communicates relevant information to stakeholders;
  • Proactively influences local, regional and global strategies by providing strategic Scientific and Regulatory Affairs advice to the UK and Ireland business, anticipates regulatory issues and works with legal counsel, consultants, suppliers, and trade associations and other external partners to clarify and resolve these issues and works in cross-functional and cross segment project teams to support overall business goals;
  • Provides leadership for compliance activities in UK/IRL and the region to ensure adherence to internal compliance processes and practices, and continuously reviews and improves these processes and procedures; Has accountability for assuring ingredients, formulas, labelling, and packaging are in full compliance with laws and regulations in UK/IRL and the region;
  • Develops SRA positions regarding the safety and acceptability of products and ingredients, and leads activities to ensure both the continued use of ingredients and gain approval for new ingredients in UK/IRL;
  • Leads complex and strategically important SRA projects, with local, regional, and sometimes even global scope and impact.

What are we looking for?

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in a technical area, such as food chemistry, nutrition, food science, biology, chemistry, toxicology or pharmacology or equivalent experience
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Desirable: A Master's degree in a technical area, such as food chemistry, nutrition, food science, biology, chemistry, toxicology or pharmacology.

Knowledge / Experience

  • Strong experience in scientific and/or regulatory compliance/affairs and/or a related technical area with food products or related product categories (such as food supplements, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and natural health products) with proficiency in food law, nutrition policy, and regulatory affairs for Europe and UK/Ireland.
  • Experience working on large-scale regulatory compliance or regulatory affairs projects involving formulas, ingredients, claims and labelling; a demonstrated track record of working successfully across functions to achieve shared goals; and proven ability to interact cross-functionally at all levels within the organization are required.
  • Experience working with trade associations and government agencies to clarify and resolve regulatory matters is required.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills with both internal and external parties.

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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