Senior Manager, Global Gum & Mints Portfolio


About Mars:

Mars is a family-owned business with more than $35 billion in global sales. We produce some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, BEN’S ORIGINAL® and COCOAVIA®. Alongside our consumer brands, we proudly take care of half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health and services businesses such as Banfield Pet Hospitals™, BluePearl®, Linnaeus, AniCura, VCA™ and Pet Partners™.Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire our 130,000 Associates into taking action every day towards creating the world we want tomorrow.

Position Details

Senior Manager, Global Gum & Mints Portfolio
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Gum & Mints business is critical to the Mars Wrigley value creation journey and is currently undergoing a significant transformation to set up the business for the future, including portfolio transformation. This role will we leading important transformational portfolio initiatives, in close collaboration with local markets (US, China, Germany/UK) and external partners, including:

  • Defining how to play, within the future back opportunity spaces 
  • Delivering breakthrough innovation that will transform the future of the Gum & Mints portfolio 
  • Building new global brand/business within the identified opportunity space

What will be your key responsibilities?

This role has accountability & responsibility to lead cross functional team and unlock the defined consumer territories within the Gum & Mints portfolio in a manner that meets: unmet consumer needs, new technologies, new business models, new channels. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Deliver new, breakthrough innovation platforms that fuel the core business/brands 
  • Build new global brand/business within the identified opportunity spaces 
  • Confirm accretive desirability, viability & feasibility of new platforms 
  • Ensure smooth hand over of the new platforms into the regions/markets for execution 
  • Intervene on strategic issues to support stewardship of the Gum & Mints Portfolio.

What are we looking for?

  • This role requires strong external perspective in relation to future back consumer opportunity spaces, portfolio development, business models & route to markets. It will also require exceptional comfort with ambiguity, in order to lead cross functional teams e.g. R&D, insights, external manufacturers, sales incubators, supply, in a series of ongoing sprints delivering unprecedented organizational speed.
  • High levels of cross functional business acumen is also critical, to ensure robust front loading of DVF (desirability, viability, feasibility), to deliver top & bottom value creation for the Gum & Mints portfolio. Business degree qualified (MBA preferred)
  • 8-10 years’ experience in strategy and/or marketing role, Mix of start-up and large CPG experience preferred
  • Excellent communication and networking skills

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 like-minded 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.

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