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Strategic Operations Buyer


King Abdullah Economic City, 02, SA

JOB CATEGORY:  Commercial

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:

MGS commercial Operations Buyer Factory Services (FS) is responsible for the execution of the Factory Service Portfolio ( IFM, small minors, MRO, Factory Services, energy) strategies for all Mars segments in KEC and EXD  reporting directly to the Strategic Sourcing and Operations Director MEA. This person will execute cross segment specific strategies for the businesses as appropriate in regards to the Petcare, Food, Mars Wrigley Confections and Multi sales segments in KEC and EXD 

Additionally, they are responsible to connect and align with both the MEA C&FS Operations Manager and the APMEA sourcing category leader for Factory Services in order to implement locally the sourcing strategy for KEC and EXD in regards to the regional and global contracts by leveraging supplier relationships and strategic partnerships to drive standardization across regions and segments where feasible.

They will be responsible for optimizing investments in terms of cost, quality, risk and availability as per the Mars commercial manual and its processes as well as following MGS Commercial governance.  This person will be responsible for ensuring supplier performance and acts as the first point of contact for suppliers and internal clients. 

He/She will be responsible for the delivery of an enterprise wide annual sourcing plan (ASP) for $10-$30M in spend in Category by executing the documented 3 year portfolio strategy that is aligned to the business strategies of the Mars Segments including Petcare, Mars Wrigley Confections and Food and multi-sales segments. 


  1. Responsible to execute an enterprise wide annual sourcing plan (ASP) for  KEC and EXD  across the FS Category in their respective subcategories  (may include, small minors, MRO, Factory Services, energy)  not limited to the activities of value creation in terms of P&L impact, cost avoidance, contribution to the productivity programs of each Segment and cash, drive innovation through excellence in category management
  2. Collaborate with the MEA C&FS Operation Lead T2 to ensure KEC and EXD  market knowledge is included in the Global and regional strategies and implement regional and global strategy MSSM process locally within the requirements of the local market conditions. 
  3. Participate in the regional collaborative community within the Category that includes the Operation team members responsible for that category based within each of the APMEA clusters including China, ANZ, NSEA India and MEA that together will deliver the ASP for each category by executing the activities of value creation as above (point 1)
  4. Purchase FS goods & services by securing price, capacity & service levels in line with commitments to the business and as per the sourcing strategies by applying a wide range of sourcing tools (e.g. negotiation, e-procurement, strategic collaboration, tenders/RFP’s etc.)
  5. Performs spend analysis based on market and financial insights for the category and executes sourcing roadmap for 3 years focused on cost savings, process improvements and supplier management.
  6. Develop local market Category insights including benchmarking externally and importing best practices locally. Share best practices across the Sourcing-Operations Category teams in APMEA
  7. Responsible for the relationships with local suppliers to drive performance management, deliver continuous quality and cost improvement as well as develop supplier enabled innovations.
  8. Create and implement supply base strategy ensuring effective risk management through robust contracts and monitoring of financial and other KPIs. Ensure KPIs are recognized and approved by the Business and translated into P&L impact. Act as a key contact for supplier relationships. Ensure the supplier base is optimized to enable the implementation of Keystone which is an end to end procure to pay process in category management
  9. Establish and maintain relationships with Supply directors, plant managers, S&F Co-pilots and other key stakeholders to ensure understanding of their needs and to facilitate the appropriate level of challenge for alignment with regional strategies. Provides market and financial insights and inputs to the internal financial planning and review processes. 
  10. Develop & implement a continuous improvement action plan ensuring knowledge share with regional team. Monitor changes and adjust the plan as needed to sustain performance results.
  11. Ensure compliance with policies, systems and controls according to Mars standards. Communicates business risk and opportunity


Context and Scope:

This role will be required to be a member of a virtual team of 5 to 10 Country Cluster FS Operation buyers/managers, across the APMEA region, and work together in a hyper-collaborative way.  They will also work closely with a C&FS Operations manager in their cluster to deliver the ASP and associated value creation activities. They will need to travel to meet with key stakeholders across the segments in KEC and EXD including Petcare, Mars Wrigley Confection, Food and multi-sales. This role will also be in charge of the local supplier relationships, contractual and financial negotiation with Supplier senior executive.


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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