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Senior Manager, Cocoa Health Science Communications


Mclean, VA, US

JOB CATEGORY:  Corporate Affairs

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.


Dual Site Locations: Germantown, MD is the primary location site. McLean, Virginia office secondary as required.


Purpose of the Role:
The Senior Manager, Cocoa Health Science Communications will play a key role in advancing the visibility and understanding among media, external opinion leaders, and the general public of the industry-leading research Mars conducts in the areas of cocoa health science primarily, with secondary support for plant science and material science related to cocoa.  Through the development and deployment of strategic communications strategies, this Associate will protect and enhance the public perception of this work, in support of building the broader reputation of Mars, Incorporated as a science-based company

Key Responsibilities:

  • Communications Strategy Development:  Build and execute an overarching communications strategy to protect and enhance the reputation of Mars Cocoa Science, including through management of agency resources and in close collaboration with Mars, Incorporated Corporate Affairs colleagues.
  • Key Opinion Leader Engagement: Develop and deploy a framework for mapping and building relationships with key opinion leaders in the scientific and medical communities who are credible and influential in the area of bioactive research.   Manage the ongoing engagement of Mars Cocoa Science with these opinion leaders to build understanding and secure endorsement of our work. Activate opinion leader network in publicly supporting the work of Mars Cocoa Science through media interviews, speaking engagements and opinion pieces, on both a proactive and responsive basis. Manage metrics to understand the impact of these engagements.
  • Media Relations: Create and activate a proactive strategy for building relationships with relevant media influencers across both mass-market and specialized trade outlets, with reach to both traditional and social channels. Develop a comprehensive media campaign and manage the calendar of engagements to create a regular cadence of positive coverage.  Develop and deliver media training to equip Mars Cocoa Science leaders and external opinion leader network in driving positive messages and in productivity addressing critiques. Manage metrics to understand the impact of these engagements.
  • Issues & Crisis Management:  Lead development of scenario plans, position statements and messaging to anticipate, preempt and actively address critical or controversial coverage related to the work of Mars Cocoa Science.  Manage external activation of response plans as well as internal alerting and escalation processes, including, if necessary, activation of the Mars CALM process.
  • Public Affairs:  Support development of plans to map and engage governmental and/or policymaking stakeholders who are relevant to the work of Mars Cocoa Science.  Partner with Mars, Incorporated Public Affairs to develop and deliver advocacy plans to engage in key policy challenges or opportunities relevant to our research.   Build internal connections to provide Mars Cocoa Science insight to development of broader Mars, Incorporated objectives in policy areas such as health & wellbeing, sustainability, and industry-funded research.



Key Skills Required:

  • Proven ability to build relationships with media and opinion leaders, preferably with an existing professional network established with relevant specialists
  • Strong communicator, with ability to understand and clearly articulate complex technical  issues
  • Proven experience in delivering effective media and advocacy campaigns, and in managing crises



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 10 years in corporate communications, scientific communications and/or media relations
  • Experience working in the scientific, medical and/or pharmaceutical industries preferred








Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, 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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