Global Project Manager

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, 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 its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


The job holder is responsible for managing the Global Portfolio Deployment Process, linking our Global 3-5 year plans to the local markets – enabling the cascading of category strategies and initiatives, tracking market performance against category ambitions, managing dissemination of global launch initiatives and toolkits to markets, and working with the Regional Acceleration teams to plot the 5-year roadmap for roll-out of these initiatives globally.


Key Responsibilities: 
Embedding our New Operating Model
•    Identify pain points as global teams/ regions/ markets adopt the new Operating Model and continue to drill down into more specific requirements needed to enhance ease of adoption.  
•    Manage plan to deploy our new CBU (Category Business Unit) Ways of Working globally and track progress.  
•    Provide assessment on what’s working/ what needs improvement

Toolkit / Y+2 Charter Deployment
•    Manage the structure for guiding the Global Brand Managers (in collaboration with x-functional experts) to develop optimal charters and toolkits for our Global B launches, with strong view towards how the initiatives drive category growth and fulfill on the Retail Value Proposition
•    Manage the deployment to markets, as well as ensure ongoing ease of access of materials

Customer Engagement on Y+2 and Beyond Plans
•    Support the seamless collaboration between Global and Local plans to engage our top Strategic Customers in building our mid- to long-term CBU initiatives
•    Manage that all parties are on track to deliver the content needed for these Engagement session, communications are clear, and milestones towards delivery are fully on track

QuEST Stage Gate Process
•    Support in embedding the application of QuEST/ PPM globally and course correct as needed
•    Identifying the continuous improvement  requirements to keep the systems current
•    Partner with R&D and S&OP+ in driving ongoing compliance and system use

Overall Management of cross-CBU priorities 
•    Support the planning and execution of our semi-annual CBU Leadership Team meetings, in particular, the management of the General Session
•    Support the continuous improvement needs of QuEST/ PPM development
•    Management of annual 3-5yr Planning process



1. Education & Professional Qualifications
Bachelor degree, preferably Master degree

2. Knowledge/Experience
7+ years of previous job experience in Project Management, Activity Management or Customer Marketing
Exceptional in Project, Process and Portfolio management.
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Good knowledge of MS office and affinity with Systems
Level of role, Critical MLCs and Competencies


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.


Full time
Chicago, IL 60642, US