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Logistics Leader


Flowery Branch, GA, 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.




The Logistics Leader is a day-based, people leader who efficiently improves Quality, Human Safety, and Product & People logistics while Engaging and Developing talent. The Logistics Leaders are responsible for managing operations and systems relating to production planning, schedule of inbound/outbound shipments, materials procurement and control as well, as direct or indirect warehouse management, depending on the site.

Some of the key target areas would include accuracy of inventory records for raw materials, packaging materials and finished products, meeting on-time shipment schedules of finished products, developing policies related to materials management and leading related cost saving and process improvement projects.


Key Responsibilities




• Change Agent - Implement changes in methods, equipment, systems and organization, as needed, to assure that the objectives of the area are met, and give input and recommendations for such changes by using a Continuous Improvement mindset

• Mars Supply Excellence – Lead or participate in one or more MSE Pillars; Lead and support the implementation of Autonomous Work Teams (AWTs) in area of responsibility;

• Area Ownership – Collaborate with the rest of the Area Leadership Team (Area Manager or Continuous Improvement Engineer, Continuous Improvement Specialist, Maintenance Coordinator) to create and execute the logistics strategy for area of responsibility

• Logistics Operations - Coordinate materials, staffing and resources to support operations.

• Standards Implementation and Adherence – Ensure standards are implemented on shift and in area of responsibility through effective communication, change management, consistent reinforcement, and through coaching, guidance, and accountability measures.

• Performing/reporting Capacity Utilization modeling.

• Responsible for Performance metrics: CFR, ATS, SA

• Associate Safety – Ensure safe working conditions as well as safe behaviors and mindsets through the direct implementation of Mars Safety programs and through driving a relentless focus among team of operators

• Food Safety and Product Quality – Ensure the ongoing production of safe and defect free products consistent with the principles of Mars.  HACCP proficiency is required;

• Associate Advocacy - Manage associate relations issues and guide and direct the hiring, training, retraining, development and motivation of Operations associates following self-managed, team working principles with a minimum degree of guidance from the Plant Manager or VSM Support.

• Engagement - Responsible for facilitating and driving an environment of high associate engagement on the team.

• Goal Setting and Measurement - With the general guidance of the VSM Support or Plant Manager, support of the Continuous Improvement Engineer, establish area and individual performance standards and goals, and measure, control, take corrective action and report results as appropriate.

• Escalations - Proactively identify risks and opportunities as well as reactively lead on-shift incident resolution when operators require additional support. Prioritize, assign resources against escalated issues, and make decisions to resolve escalated issues.

• Communications - Ensure that open communications are established and that opportunities to broaden the scope and responsibility of Operations/Logistics teams/associates are undertaken.

• Technology Advancement - Advise when opportunities exist for moving the area forward in technological change.

• Operations Strategy - Participate in the implementation of improvement strategies that will help the area perform more effectively in the near term.

• Recruiting and Onboarding – Responsible for partnering with Talent Acquisition to recruit and select associates for operations roles, and responsible to onboard associates effectively

• Associate Development – Develop associates by mentoring and supporting their development plans and helping them grow in functional capability and long-term career.



Context and Scope




Strong partnership with Operations, vendors, commercial and demand teams.



Job Specifications/Qualifications


Education & Professional Qualifications

• An undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree OR the equivalent experience, defined as greater than 4 years of experience in a technical manufacturing continuous improvement environment, along with a High School Diploma.

Preferred: a degree in Supply Chain management, Logistics or Systems Engineering.



Knowledge / Experience

• 3-5 years of experience in the areas of materials management, inventory control, vendor scheduling and planning

• Advanced knowledge of SAP modules, or equivalent systems and processes related to Logistics Management

• Relevant understanding of material scheduling and material requirement planning systems

• Working knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices.

• Ability to convey communications clearly and concisely.

• Understanding of major functions within the manufacturing facility and the ability to work directly with all levels and functions.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, etc), internet software, e-mail.

• Ability to succeed in an ambiguous environment.

• Functional knowledge and understanding of health, safety and environmental practices; and quality management and food safety principles.

• Ability to deliver critical performance feedback and hold associates accountable to business objectives.

Preferred: Working knowledge of transportation and transportation related activities such as: transportation documents, transportation regulations, transportation scheduling, transportation planning, claims settling, negotiation of terms and prices, evaluation of carrier’s performance, experience with border crossing and customer brokers.

Preferred: Previous direct people leadership experience.



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.


Nearest Major Market: Gainesville GA

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