Amara Waqar
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Amara Waqar - Sales Management Graduate Programme

What did you do before you were at Mars?

I studied Psychology at the University of Nottingham. It was during my time at university that I interned at Kellogg’s and got a real feel for FMCG brands. While at Kellogg’s, an ex-Martian who got me interested in the graduate opportunities at Mars.

How long have they been in your current role?

I have been in my current role for a year and I am due to start my next rotation soon.

What does a typical day/week as a management and sales graduate entail?

I am a field sales representative. I essentially look after a geographical territory, and visit up to 5-6 retail customers a day. When I visit stores, I build relationships with our customers and champion opportunities to grow their chewing gum sales. I enjoy this role because it’s full of challenges and you have to think on your feet.

What is the best thing about working at Mars?

The best thing about working for Mars is definitely the people. Everyone is so collaborative and caring – it definitely feels like being part of a family business. The approachability of senior leaders is a great part of working here - I love that you can go up to a General Manager’s desk for a chat.  At the moment, I am working on building my confidence, it’s all about bringing yourself to work and being authentic.

People stay at Mars for a long time – why do you think that is?

As an associate – what Mars call their employees, you are really looked after and you feel part of a family. The culture is not dog eat dog, it’s supportive and caring. It’s all about being competitive with yourself, and not with other people.

What do you think are the best benefits that come with working at Mars?

A huge benefit to working at Mars is the unique approach to personal development. Your developmental journey is key and it’s amazing that you are essentially being paid to grow yourself. The chocolate is obviously a huge benefit too!

What is your favourite Mars product and why?

Skittles, because it’s a really fun brand!

If you were a Mars product what would you be?

Juicy Fruit – I’m popular with the elderly. 

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