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Trainee in the European Procurement Leadership Programme
Mars | Julian, North Carolina
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Job Description


Becoming part of the European Procurement Management Team within just a few years – impossible?
Then you don’t know our European Procurement Leadership Programme including supplier quality assurance, commercial operations and procurement. Imagine in just three years you could be in your first management position! Until then we will challenge you as you’ve never been challenged before, across three assignments that could see you working in two European countries, two of our business segments, and two buying areas. Individually tailored to your personal development, you are responsible for projects and make decisions that will have a significant influence on the strategy and performance of the entire business. In doing so you will gain a deep understanding of the business and will acquire the necessary leadership competencies you need – for an accelerated career towards Senior Management.

Start your career in our Petcare Segment at our site in Verden near Bremen beginning the 1st of September as


Trainee in the
European Procurement Leadership Programme


Prove yourself in ambitious projects and across an incredible variety of tasks in daily business, such as
• Making sure we buy the right products at the right quality at the right price, at the same time as making sustainability a priority.
• Consulting with associates, negotiating with suppliers, calculating pricing strategies, auditing suppliers while always
• Ensuring our ideals and goals to pursue mutual long-term gain, for us, our suppliers and the good of the planet.
What you can expect of us:
• RESPONSIBILITY and FREEDOM to drive your own ideas
• SUPPORT through experienced Managers during your assignments
• MENTORING from Senior Management and an experienced BUDDY from the Leadership Programme
• PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, e.g. through global trainings from Mars University
• NETWORKING in interdisciplinary projects & regular exchange with other Leadership Trainees
• EXCELLENT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES in one of the most successful branded goods companies in the world
• OPEN & INTERNATIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENT of a global family-owned business
•  ATTRACTIVE COMPENSATION PACKAGE and extensive social benefits
What we expect of you:
• An above average Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant filed
• Ideally relevant practical experience in Quality Assurance and/or Procurement, preferably in the FMCG sector
• At least one stay abroad for several months
• Willingness to take responsibility from day one along with developing yourself personally
• The ability to work independently, in a structured solution-oriented manner
• Initiative and team spirit
• A desire to work internationally
• Strong communication and negotiation skills in English


About Mars

Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 65,000 associates at over 370 sites, including 135 factories, in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world's largest food companies, generating global sales of more than $28 billion annually and operating in six business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. These segments produce some of the world's leading brands: Chocolate - M&M'S(r), SNICKERS(r), DOVE(r), GALAXY(r), MARS(r), MILKY WAY(r) and TWIX(r) Petcare - PEDIGREE(r), WHISKAS(r), SHEBA(r), CESAR(r), NUTRO(r), GREENIES(r), and ROYAL CANIN(r); Wrigley - ORBIT(r), EXTRA(r), STARBURST(r), DOUBLEMINT(r) and SKITTLES(r); Food - UNCLE BEN'S(r), DOLMIO(r), EBLY(r), MASTERFOODS(r) and SEEDS OF CHANGE(r); Drinks - KLIX(r) and FLAVIA(r); Symbioscience - WISDOM PANEL(tm), SERAMIS(r), CIRKUHEALTH(tm) and COCOAPRO(r).

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