Strategy and Execution Senior Lead

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‚„Ę, 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‚„Ę. 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.


Are you someone that wants to work for a company where one of their strategic priorities is being a company that millions of people want to join, stay, and grow with?¬  Do you look for ways to drive best practice through the establishment of simple and efficient processes by leveraging enterprise strategic enablers to drive organizational transformation?¬  Do you desire to be part of a digital journey to transform the way a global IT organization operates in the digital age?¬ ¬ 


As the Strategy and Execution Senior Lead for Mars Global Services Digital Technologies (global IT organization for Mars, Inc.) which is part of the Global Delivery organization, you are responsible for delivering IT strategic objectives through optimized Digital Technologies wide processes and systems. ¬ ¬ As an individual contributor this role oversees IT demand and supply management processes at an enterprise level and works very closely with the MGS Digital Technologies business segment divisional portfolio managers, communities of practice, finance team, demand managers, resource managers, project/program managers, enterprise architects, and ultimately the end users of CA PPM (Clarity) to foster and embed PPM rigor and discipline across the Digital Technologies enterprise.¬  This role drives process and systems standardization by leveraging the communities of practice to help disseminate knowledge and information down throughout the end user community through a decentralized/federated model.


Key responsibilities include;

  • Execute the Mars Global Services Digital Technologies divisional enterprise PPM strategy.

  • Create and lead a plan to progress PPM maturity across Digital Technologies.

  • Translate needs of strategic investment planning, demand and supply management (Mars signature process S&OP+) into requirements for CA PPM tool.

  • Develop and roll out best practices in CA PPM tool.

  • Lead process standardization, adherence and compliance of Digital Technologies wide processes and best practices.

  • Provide deep expertise in EPMO/PPM and embed across the organization (Digital Technologies).

  • Create and execute a PPM process and tool roadmap that enable strategic investment planning and execution.

  • Ensure delivery and represent consolidated enterprise wide status and metrics for process/tool adoption.

  • Gather, collaborate, and develop proposals / presentations on strategic initiatives.

  • Support the Mars IT Operating Model (ITOM) processes; IT Strategy Formulation, Investment Planning, Demand & Supply Management, and Portfolio Delivery Management.

  • Support S&OP+ step meetings and communicate updates across the strategy execution team and broader community.

  • Lead execution of stakeholder management across the strategy and execution team.


Education & Professional Qualification:

  • Minimum: BS Degree in Information Systems, Computer Sciences, Business Administration, or equivalent

  • Desired: PMI / PRINCE certifications; PMP / PgMP / PfMP / PRINCE2


Knowledge/Experience Requirements:

  • 8+ years of relevant IT work experience.

  • 5+ years' experience working in a project, program and portfolio management environment, preferred at a global level.

  • 3+ years' experience working directly with organizational leadership to establish and deploy global strategies / best practices / standardized processes

  • Prior enterprise/central PMO, SMO/SRO (strategic management/realization office) experience, strong and proven project, program, and portfolio management skills supported by strong attention to detail.

  • Strong analytics capabilities and understanding of IT strategic investment planning and IT financial management processes.

  • Excellent planning, prioritization, and organizational skills.

  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills required to create and deliver communication to all levels of the organization.

  • Highly skilled in the development of power point materials in order to deliver engaging presentations that clearly articulate the message to the appropriate audience.

  • Strong interpersonal, consulting and communications skills with all levels of the organization and external partners/vendors.

  • Ability to manage a diverse and cross functional/divisional stakeholder group.

  • Demonstrated high learning agility to learn new concepts quickly and apply learning.

  • Experience in project life cycle methodology including waterfall and agile methodologies (Bimodal)

  • Willingness and ability to function effectively as part of a virtual team and decentralized/federated model

  • Ability to travel as needed


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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