We aren’t your average business, and this isn’t your average Procurement team. In fact, we refer to this team as Commercial because of the huge influence it has on the overall direction of our business — not to mention relationships with our suppliers, industry players and regulatory agencies. Our Commercial team gets to look across the entire supply chain and provides insight into everything from consumer perspectives to material functionality.

It’s more than just the quality of our products — it’s how they are made that makes them Mars. Our Procurement Associates make sure our suppliers are committed to respecting human rights and the environment. Additionally, they are responsible for ensuring our sourcing practices reflect The Five Principles in every respect, including the long-term sustainability of all the materials we use. To do so, our Associates are free to invest in the long-term development of materials, technologies, origin countries and suppliers in order to advance our sustainability and other objectives.


The five primary roles on the commercial team include:

  1. Commercial Operations: Develop and manage a lean end-to-end inbound supply chain (inclusive of inbound stock management for direct materials). 
  2. Commercial Transactions: Provide centralized services to enable the effective running of the division and expertise in the continuous improvement of the division’s processes and systems.
  3. Strategic Sourcing: Create and implement robust sourcing strategies, which may include price risk management, long-term supply assurance and material quality management.
  4. Specialties: These teams look after special expertise areas to help drive the overall efficiency and effectiveness of key activities, including Commodity & Risk Management, Commercial Effectiveness, Responsible Sourcing and Graphics. 
  5. Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA): Manage and assure quality with our supplier base, which includes implementation and conformance with Mars standards (e.g., Materials Quality Management Standard) to ensure a proactive risk management of raw and packaging materials. Assess, audit and measure supplier performance against agreed standards in the area of food safety, quality, legal and environmental risks. 


Success within the commercial team is related more to attitude than professional background. Typically, commercial associates hold degrees in:

  • Business Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Agriculture
  • Economics
  • Physical Sciences

No matter what skills you have, we always want you to achieve more. That’s why we encourage career development and education for all Associates through Mars University.


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