Before Mars, I studied a Masters in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. Throughout University I had experience working in R&D for FMCG companies dealing with household cleaning products and dental care, as well as designing an Ice Cream plant in my Design Project. From this I knew I wanted a career creating something I use regularly and where I could physically see the impact of my work in a finished product.
Therefore, the Engineering scheme at Mars was a great opportunity to develop my career. In my first year I was a Project Engineer at the Slough site. I had the opportunity to lead multiple impactful projects through scoping, installation and commissioning ensuring the continuity of the Minstrels and Maltesers production lines. I am now moving to the Veghel site in the Netherlands as a Project Engineer to continue working on impactful projects and further my development.
I started my career with Mars as a project engineer in King’s Lynn, UK, where I led a number of projects both in and out of the factory. After a year in the UK, I relocated as a project engineer to Toronto, Canada, to continue stretching my engineering and leadership capabilities.
Currently, I am a production shift leader in Mississippi, USA – leading factory associates in day-to-day operations & putting my leadership skills to the test with 18 direct reportees.
Two things – first is the people at Mars! There’s such a huge depth and breadth of experience, personalities and cultures – it is a very open workplace, everyone looks out for each other, and you will always find the support you need.
Second would be The Five Principles – it’s refreshing to see a business and its associates truly have common principles at its core, which act as the driving force for all the decisions made, no matter how big or small.