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Regional Graphics Manager, Asia Pacific

LOCATION: 

Guangzhou, 44, CN

JOB CATEGORY:  Marketing
REQUISITION NUMBER:  220235

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.

 

Job Purpose

Leads Graphic Commercialization supply chain for the Region, successfully delivering printed packaging for Confections at optimal speed, quality and cost. Acts as an internal steward responsible for strategic external partners, escalates governance & timing issues and prioritizes initiatives for suppliers, sits on initiatives that are highly complex or time sensitive to provide steering.

                              

Helps drive a smooth delivery from Frozen (approved) Design Concept into production by collaborating upstream with Brand Identity Managers and Global Brand Directors.

 

Co-creates with Global Center of Excellence and implements Process Improvements, Compliance and Translations, Print Quality Management and Graphic Service Suppliers involved for the respective region. These initiatives will first focus on standardization and then innovation and transformation. The role will evolve or change in scope once the transition of Chocolate and Wrigley to one team & process is completed.     

 

Responsibilities:

·       Leadership of the Regional Design & Artwork Operations and the associated suppliers.

·       Represents the interests of Marketing, while balancing the needs of the functional team within the process.

·       Provide clarity of business goals to the team and translate into a clear set of goals for the Design & Graphics suppliers

·       Protect Mars brand ownership and consumer recognition by delivering brand consistency for all pack formats, substrates and print processes

·       Provide expert advice and guidance on print capability and opportunities to Marketing and Design Agencies via direct site reviews as well as remote Supplier Management

·       Provide expert input on print quality and consistency to the regional printer portfolio, as well as contributing to printer performance reviews

·       Sustain good relationships with supplier leadership and supplier network to maintain a high awareness of industry capability, drive innovation and influence external strategic decisions relevant to the future needs of Mars

·       Oversee the process that delivers text specifications for all pack changes, ensuring conformance with recipes and local legislation in all markets

·       Protect the business from complexity, risk and cost through effective influencing of stakeholders in multiple functional areas

·       Deliver step-change improvements to the quality and efficiency of the supply chain for new packaging by shaping business process, developing systems solutions and influencing senior stakeholders internally and externally

·       Identify and resolve causes of business process inefficiency (int. & ext.) through effective performance measurement and influencing of stakeholder behaviour

·       Authorise (or not) the resources for fast-tracking of critical business activities based upon broad business judgement, and maintain an efficient business process for doing so

·       Continuously improve cost, quality and service level of direct and indirect suppliers

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor or above degree holder with major in Industrial Design, Product Design or relevant
  • 10 years of experience with design, design thinking & execution
  • Experience in design strategy or design innovation management within a corporate or consulting environment
  • Has the ability to understand and blend insights across consumer, technical and financial to develop key directions for product strategies
  • Understand the value of design within a business context and will be expected to exploit this value within Innovation and Display projects for the regional market.

 

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.