Your future as a leader starts today. Our Mars Supply Chain Leadership Experience is the perfect grounding for a career in our Global end-to-end supply chain. You can choose from four different pathways: R&D, Supply Chain or Procurement, that equip you with the right functional and leadership experiences to become a supply chain leader of the future.
What are the benefits?
Not only will you have a competitive starting salary of £33.000 plus a joining bonus of £2.000, there are endless opportunities to develop yourself and have a positive impact on our business through 3 different roles including the opportunity of an international placement. You can expect technical trainings, inspiring mentors and functional coaches, flexible working hours, and dogs in some of our offices.
3 x 12-month placement Programme description:
Opportunity of 2x R&D roles, 1 role in either Procurement or Supply and guaranteed sign off role in R&D.
Mix of practical and professional experiences to equip you with the functional and leadership skills needed to become a future leader in R&D.
What will you do:
Manage your own projects, overcoming technical challenges whilst improving existing, or developing new products, packaging and processes.
Collaborate with partners across different functions, ensuring the quality of the products our consumers love.
Who are we looking for:
Minimum of 2:1 Bachelor´s degree in any STEM subject
Graduated in the last 2 years
Mobile within the UK. We are recruiting for our Slough and Birstall (Leeds) sites.
Passion to become a people leader
Full, permanent and unrestricted Right to work in the UK
Applications for R&D and Procurement Pathways are open now; Supply Chain adn Engineering Programs will open on 25th of September.
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Where you can do it
You can join in Poland, France, Lithuania, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. If we aren’t currently running the programme in your country of preference, sign up to our talent community for the latest Mars career opportunities. You can also explore our General Leadership Experience or entry roles.
Want to be inspired by the innovative projects, opportunities and people that motivate and challenge us every day? Then look at what our graduates have to say about Mars!
Ana Maria- Year 2 Engineering Trainee
What do you do at Mars and what were you doing before? I joined Mars Petcare as an Engineer graduate. In my first year, I worked in the Petcare factory in Arevalo (Spain), where I focus on the SiG (Sustainable in a Generation) agenda for the site with representation at a regional level. I was also in charge of the Design of the Goods In Master Plan. In my second year, I moved to Verden (Germany) and was responsible for the Goods In Master Plan for the site as well as leading an “Autonomous Working Team”. For my third year, I´ll be going back to Arevalo (Spain) as a Shift Team Leader. What’s the best part of the Programme? One of the best parts of the Programme is that it is an accelerated experience, that means you are constantly being challenged to grow, not only functionally but also your leadership skills. One of the great advantages is that you have a great support network all invested on your journey. The projects come with great responsibility, but also with a great opportunity to gain visibility and all the opportunities to succeed. Another benefit of the programme is the community of trainees. Even though your journey is unique, in the community you will find other trainees that have experience a similar journey and can relate and provide learnings, opportunities and connections. What makes Mars so special? I believe that one of things that makes Mars so especial is the sense of family and that all actions are done with the purpose in mind and based on the five principles. That means that no matter which factory you are visiting, you will experience the same “Mars culture”, a culture that motivates you to grow and learn, where knowledge is shared and the people are very approachable.
Ben - Year 1 Engineering Trainee
What do you do at Mars and what were you doing before? During university I had various internships, spanning from national petrochemical infrastructure, through to fast-moving consumer goods. My year-long placement in an instant coffee company got me hooked on consumer goods, whilst my military experience drove me towards a leadership position. Naturally, the Engineering Pathway was the perfect choice post-university, combining the two. Currently, I am a Project Engineer in King’s Lynn, leading multiple projects both inside & outside the factory. What’s the best part of the Programme? The Engineering Pathway truly stretches you to be the best you can be, and offers unparalleled development opportunities each and every day. You get true responsibility and accountability from day one, and with this comes the chance to really make a difference. The mentoring & coaching made available helps you dig deep and discover who you really are, and what impact you can have on those around you. What makes Mars so special? 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.
Clara - Year 1 Engineering Trainee
What do you do at Mars and what were you doing before? I joined the Engineering Pathway of the Mars Supply Chain Leadership Program while finishing a double degree in Bioengineering and Management of Technology and Innovation (Paris, France). For the first two assignments, I am part of the Royal Canin European Engineering team which oversees the deployment of strategic capital projects in different factories. I first worked locally in Cambrai where I was responsible of several technical projects for the site, and I am now preparing my next move to Niepolomice in Poland where I will lead more complex projects in a challenging international context. What I like most about this Project Engineer position is that every day is unique and there is always an opportunity to learn something while working with many different people in and out of the factory! What’s the best part of the Program? The best part of this program is the opportunity to be trusted to take the lead on various challenges while always being given time and guidance to go through an enlightening self-reflective process. As a member of the MSCLE global community which gathers trainees from the different Mars segments, you benefit from personalized support through mentorship, coaching, buddy partnering or learning events and have a privilege to build inspiring connections with experienced senior leaders. It is all about growing your leadership capabilities through personal and professional development to gain perspective on the business, on its engaged and talented associates and more importantly on yourself! What makes Mars so special? Without hesitation, what makes Mars so special is the people! At Mars, no matter country, segment, or position, we are all associates united by a strong culture and working together effectively to deliver great results always driven by the company’s Five Principles. To ensure mutual success for all, Mars sets high expectations that are often challenging since empowerment comes with responsibility! It is such a pleasure to share learnings and success as a team while being respected and rewarded individually with opportunities and support to develop new skills and prepare for the future of our career. It makes me also very proud to work for such a big company making quality products for pet’s health, while being mindful of sustainability across all its value chain with honest actions and results.
Duncan - Year 2 Engineering Trainee
What do you do at Mars and what were you doing before? I started at Mars working in our chocolate factory in the UK. I worked on a project to install a new unloading system for incoming raw materials. This gave a good experience in project management and started my journey in understanding Engineering at Mars. In my second year I managed the installation of a new process line, at our chocolate site in the Netherlands. This gave a thorough experience managing Engineering site work, with a focus on Safety and Quality. Next year I am looking forward to returning to the UK chocolate site to join Operations as a Team Leader. What’s the best part of the Programme? The best part of the programme is the responsibility given to you as a trainee. Whilst both providing a massive stretch for you, it also enables you to personally have a large and meaningful business impact – which is a great feeling. Through this journey you’re supported by great line managers, mentors, a buddy and the other trainees, really enabling you to achieve your best possible results. What makes Mars so special? It is the culture at Mars that make it so special to me. Mars lives by its guiding principles, two of which are Responsibility and Mutuality. Mars is big on personal responsibility, and in supporting and cultivating mutual relationships. At an early point in your career it is fantastic to be in such a people centric environment, in a company where personal empowerment is commonplace, and people seek to support and develop each other.
Maciej - Year 3 Engineering Trainee
What do you do at Mars and what were you doing before? I started my journey with Mars as an intern, in the Royal Canin factory in Niepolomice, Poland. After my internship I joined the Engineering Pathway.In my first assignment, I was responsible for the implementation of a new packaging line, which had a big impact on factory efficiency. For my second year I moved to Austria where I was responsible for a new process line in the factory, having a great opportiunity to discover a new culture and how the business works in different country at the same time. Right now I’m in my first line management role being responsible for a whole production shift as a Team Leader. What’s the best part of the Programme? There are many great things about the programme. What I really value are the development possibilities combining engineering and leadership. Thanks to the dedicated development weeks, coaching, mentoring and Buddy sessions you really stretch yourself, growing both professionally and personally. The best part of all , is taking the most of all the opportunities that the programme gives you – you can make a real difference and have a real impact on the business, whilst having great fun and satisfaction at the same time! What makes Mars so special? In my opinion Mars is so special because of the people and the atmosphere they create. Great work is teamwork, and this is how we do it at Mars. There is always somebody you can count on and somebody to support you. For me it’s one of the most important things in the business these days. I’m proud of having the possibility to learn from the best and being part of that group. It’s a great feeling when your colleagues from work become your friends.
Michal - Engineering Pathway Alumni
Journey I have always wanted to work for a company where the result of my work would be a tangible product that millions of people around the world would enjoy. I joined the Engineering Pathway because I was looking for challenging projects in a fast-paced environment to stretch myself, develop my people skills and understanding of the business, and to ultimately accelerate my career into a technical leadership role. In my first assignment I was a Project Engineer responsible for installation of a new cocoa liquor processing system in our Chocolate factory in Poland. For my second placement I joined the Food segment as a Regional Engineer building a new production line of pouched rice in the UK. In my third year I went back to the Chocolate Segment, enjoying the challenge of being a line manager in the Maintenance Department. Now I am the Technical Manager and have Line Managers reporting into me. What is the best thing about the Engineering Leadership Pathway? Whilst being part of the trainee Community, I benefited from personal development weeks, grew my professional network, made a lot of friends and most importantly had fun doing all that. I am proud to be part of a company led by values that are not only stated on paper but are actually lived and impact associates and business decisions every day.
Amy - Engineering Pathway Alumni
My Engineering Pathway journey has given me such an incredible variety of opportunities: across the three years I worked at three different sites, in different roles and different cultures. In my first year, I worked in the Wrigley factory in Plymouth, where I focused on maximising the output of existing gum-coating equipment and plans to reduce energy consumption of our air handling units. In my second year, I moved to Poland and gained more responsibility as a project engineer, including being responsible for installing systems across the factory which contribute to our product quality, helping us to continue to deliver great quality products for our consumers. The third year of the scheme gave me the chance to develop my leadership skills through a role as a maintenance team leader in our Slough factory. This has given me a great understanding of the more operational side of a factory, and it has been a real privilege to work with a team of such experienced associates to improve our level of maintenance service to the site. The Engineering Pathway offers unrivalled opportunities for both personal and professional development. I have been trusted with real responsibility since day one, and it is amazing to look back and see how much has happened in the 4 years since I first started. Combining this level of responsibility with the right support network (mentors, coaches, buddies and training weeks) really sets you up for success. Here, you never know where you might end up – if you have the motivation to broaden your skills and take your Mars career in a different direction, the opportunities for development are there. If I were to take away two key points from my experience so far, the first would be to take every opportunity that comes your way – especially if it seems like it will be a bit of a challenge at first! The second would be to welcome the unknown and take change positively – you never know what exciting things could be waiting around the corner.