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Capabilities & Operational Effectiveness Analyst - AR

A mutually rewarding experience.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Overview:


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This role is a key member of the North American Mars Global Service (MGS) Finance Accounts Receivable Team and an integral part of the transformational journey. The role is responsible for leading process improvements to drive operational effectiveness, as well as, developing and deploying training strategy for the Mars Global Services (MGS) Finance Accounts Receivable (AR) team. As such this role will be responsible to proactively identify, design and deliver relevant training to build expert knowledge, leadership and change management capabilities. This role will partner with MGS Finance Managers, Functional Experts, and Team Leads to proactively identify and work on process and operating model optimization.


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Key Responsibilities:


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Operational Effectiveness:



  • Provide indirect leadership of Accounts Receivable teams by actively identifying and working on process and operational model optimization, recommending areas for improvement and providing coaching as required

  • Act as the subject matter expert in Mars Financial Services Accounts Receivable area and be instrumental in helping to execute business objectives

  • Applies performance improvement expertise to accelerate operational effectiveness



  • Partner with AR MGS Finance managers to establish clear operational priorities

  • Support transformation/change initiatives through the use of change management frameworks ensuring minimal impact to business performance

  • Run and monitor improvement projects

  • Ensuring an adequate internal control environment as well as make recommendations regarding improvements of Internal Controls


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Capabilities development:



  • Partner with MGS Finance Managers and Functional Experts to develop and deploy training strategy

  • Proactively identify, design, and deployed relevant training to build expert knowledge

  • Build capabilities on operational level, develop key mindsets, and raise competency level within team

  • Design and update existing training materials and user guides when necessary

  • Ensure training materials are clear & catered to varied learning styles

  • Facilitate workshops and provide action-oriented training solutions

  • Evaluate training programs by monitoring & measuring effectiveness

  • Create & manage a training calendar across the organization

  • Govern training process and ensure training documentation retention


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Education & Professional Qualification:


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  • Bachelor's Degree (Finance/Accounting/or Business related field) required

  • MBA a plus

  • 3+ years of relative experience


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Knowledge/Experience:


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  • In-depth knowledge of Accounts Receivable best practices, processes, and internal controls

  • 2+ years of Mars Accounts Receivable experience


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Key Functional & Technical Competencies:


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  • The ideal candidate will have experience in process analysis and knowledge of AR

  • Risk Management

  • Financial Controls

  • This role requires a high degree of independence and achievement motivation

  • Ability to work creatively and analytically in problem-solving environment

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Pro-active and forward thinking

  • Ability to assess information quickly

  • Ability to work as part of a team and using own initiative

  • Ability to make decisions, meet deadlines and work under pressure

  • High attention to detail


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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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