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Mars Wrigley R&D VP


Chicago, IL, US


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.


Mars Wrigley R&D VP - New Territories


The Mars Wrigley R&D VP - New Territories is a key senior leader within the global R&D Innovation teamIt is responsible for  working with a team of highly technical leaders and business partners to translate technology, insight, design, develop, and deliver innovations for the new territories and adjacencies areas of growth. It is responsible for working with internal and external partners to identify global innovation opportunities, working with cross functional teams to translate consumer insights into growth opportunities. It is also responsible for facilitating the development of technology innovation platforms for the transversal and adjacencies areas globally. It is accountable for the process of creation, governance and execution of the innovation programs and work streams allocated as part of the growth agenda. The VP New Territories Innovation is responsible for the innovation direction and commercialization outcomes.

The VP New Territories leads global innovation Research and Development for new territories and is a member of the R&D Innovation leadership team.  They drive step-changing  innovation and sustainable business growth through delivery of market leading innovations in new platform and territories. They play a critical role in the reinvention and shaping the innovation pipeline and in leading the successful development of the enterprise innovation pipeline of projects.


The VP New Territories is responsible for the innovation direction and commercialization outcomes in new business areas. Reporting to the VP Innovation this role will champion and oversee, exploration, opportunity identification, new product conceptualization,  design, and development and delivery of innovation. They will drive the reinvention of the product portfolio through the prioritization and successful deployment of differentiated and highly relevant offerings to the market. This person will explore and champion the use of new and leading-edge innovation approaches and models to drive business growth.


What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor of Science in a technical area including engineering, chemistry, food science or Scientific area is required.
  • In addition to the minimum requirements, a MBA, or a master's degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, food science or Scientific area would be preferred.
  • 10+ years of Senior level Line Management experience - development of direct reports and building teams
  • Building external partnership through open innovation - must have experience in external open innovation and execution
  • Proven Project management skills typically acquired through 10+ years of professional experience in leading NPD projects as the key technical member on a cross-functional team. Hands on experience in the development and successful launch of new products, packages and processes.
  • Proven track record of management of complex projects through execution, preferably with cross functional teams
  • knowledgeable in covering food safety and food hygiene programs, process, printing and legislation and raw materials
  • Hands on experience in the development and successful launch of new products, packs and processes.
  • High degree of ownership for his/her work, a big sense of urgency and an action-biased , positive attitude.
  • Good critical thinking, able to operate independently
  • The ability to inspire and influence senior stakeholder groups, and Experience managing and leading teams.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, people development skills and learning agility.
  • Experience creating meaningful business growth strategies, strong knowledge of our categories at a global level
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and influencing skills as well as a strong change agent.

What would your key responsibilities be?

  • Champions and Leads development and implementation of the technical strategic direction for the New Territories Platform R&D innovation organization that supports the portfolio reinvention business strategy and long-term plans.
  • Work closely with the VP innovation R&D to develop the Strategy and direction for the New Territories Platform organization and in the identification of the S&T, external partnership, and SRA support needed to drive the innovation strategy.
  • Work closely with the VP Innovation in the management and development of the innovation portfolio using external/internal deep technical knowledge to develop, deliver and fuel the 5-year New Territories portfolio pipeline.
  • This person will build, explore and champion the use of new and leading-edge innovation approaches, partnerships, and models to drive business growth.
  • Provides management, scientific leadership and creativity in initiating, designing and executing the New Territories platform Innovation Strategy.
  • Identifies and drives, in conjunction with innovation peers, activities to support the long-term innovation strategy of the New Territories platform.
  • Works with the internal and external Science and Technology teams on promising areas of research or technology that address unmet customer needs and have large potential markets.
  • Provides leadership for the Enterprise New Territories R&D organization
  • Defines and Sets priorities for projects identified for the innovation platforms; identifies and secures appropriate technical resources to bring project through to commercialization
  • Partners with the VP Innovation and Portfolio VPs of Marketing to input on the long-term strategy for innovation portfolio.
  • Uses deep consumer understanding & technical knowledge to develop, deliver and fuel the 5-year pipeline.
  • Leads cross-functional teams in new wow, methodologies and design thinking ways of working to deliver new and novel innovation.
  • Acts as a key link with Science and Technology teams to help set technology and research strategies required by growth agenda.
  • Remains abreast of new developments in food technologies, products, packaging, design, category trends and related fields
  • Continually works to scope innovation programs and ensures the technical feasibility of the projects.
  • Manager of a highly technical team that are specialist and generalists in this platform area; is responsible for further development of the relevant capabilities in this platform area that will deliver the needs of the future innovation.
  • Responsible for Developing Direct reports: Responsible for motivating, inspiring, engaging and developing the individual team members.
  • Connects with peers in other regions, and other functions to harmonize Innovation projects, share best practices, and accelerate the global deployment of new innovations.


What can you expect from Mars?

  • The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package.
  • To be respected and valued.
  • The Five Principles at the center of every decision
  • The opportunity to work cross functionally, add value and impact a better world for generations to come.




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.


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