Mars UK • United Kingdom

Supply Chain/Supplier Resilience Programme Manager

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

Supply Resilience Programme Manager (24 month fixed term contract)

We are happy to consider candidates based in any of our supply sites, however, our preferred locations are Slough (UK) or Veghel (Netherlands).

Mars is investing heavily in Global Resilience capabilities, called out as one of the key priorities for the MarsWrigley segment. The volatility across the world has increased tremendously over the last few years, ranging from geo-political tensions, labour and raw material availability to high inflation and energy shortages. This volatility is putting a different requirement on our business to increase our resilience to protect customer service, protect our cost structure and reduce the number of disruptions in the business.

Mars has the ambition to create a competitive advantage to minimise (potential) disruption and set up a supply chain that is capable of dealing with these. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a team that will have operational and strategic material impact on the company’s success. A unique role that spans across Commercial, Supply and R&D in collaboration with other functions in the business; This is one of the first truly end to end roles in the organization.

The primary focus of the role is to lead the structural visibility program from inception to conclusion. This program intends to create visibility of our full supply chain from Country of Origin/Harvest all the way up to our customer and consumer. This includes creating visibility to our n tier suppliers and connect the different nodes in the supply chain to optimize our full supply chain and identify key vulnerabilities.

This role will collaborate with external partners and the different data and functional owners in the business to connect and ensure accurate data and insights over the course of 16 months. In those 16 months this person will internalize the capabilities and continue the program with internal resources. The role will have 1 and potentially later 2 direct reports and will have several dotted lines in the data analytics team.

This role will be leading an instrumental part of the resilience strategy with significant business benefits.

What are we looking for?

  • Significant experience in the areas of strategic procurement, supply chain or manufacturing

  • Experience in data and system related roles

  • Experience working in a large, global, highly matrixed organization

  • Ability to work easily in multi-business unit project settings

  • Ability to facilitate teamwork across corporate boundaries.

  • Understands end to end connectivity and how the primary processes work together.

  • Broad interest in business, global trends and macro-economics and politics.

  • Ability to exercise autonomy and to challenge the status quo

  • Fluent in English

What would be your key responsibilities?

The successful candidate will:

  • Support the Global Supply Resilience Director by program managing a cross regional end to end visibility program in conjunction with external partners.

  • Partner with the regions to ensure progress, resourcing and results.

  • Unlock potential roadblocks to success.

  • Ensure data availability and accuracy by connecting different people, systems and data.

  • Doing analysis and creating insights on the key vulnerabilities in our supply chain.

  • Leading mitigation strategies or key vulnerabilities.

  • Collaborate across functions and regions to enable resilience improvements.

  • Collaborate with other Program managers in the Resilience teams and ensure synergies.

  • Support the overall Supply Resilience program.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including excellent pension and company bonus.

  • Pet-friendly offices, where your pets’ enjoyment is as high on our agenda as yours.

  • A company that understands the importance of a work-life balance through hybrid working.

  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.


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

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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