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Global Head of Food Safety
To provide Technical Leadership and Management of Food Safety for Mars Inc. as our Global Head of Food Safety
Slough, Berkshire (other global locations considered)
Competitive Salary + Bonus + Benefit Package
This Head of Food Safety position is a significant corporate leadership role with an accountability to ensure that world-class standards of Food Safety are achieved with the emphasis on four key areas:
- Technical Expertise
As the Global Head of Food Safety you will directly lead the Global Food Safety Risk Management Team and indirectly lead the Food Safety Technical resources deployed in the six business segments of Mars Inc. In collaboration with the segments you will lead the development of corporate Food Safety policy and strategy and agree all corporate and segment Food Safety priorities and projects. You will play an important role in driving our external Corporate Reputation by ensuring that we are represented in external Food Safety forums and with key opinion formers through both personal and broader corporate representation. This role provides the highest level of deep Food Safety expertise and you will be expected to keep both your knowledge and our standards current with the latest developments in science and the industry.
We expect a minimum of a Masters degree, although we’d prefer a Ph.D., in a technical discipline such as Microbiology, Toxicology or Food Science, along with senior management experience. Your deep, applied Food Safety Technical expertise will cover a broad range of food technologies and processes and should ideally encompass:
- R&D, Supply and Commercial in multi-segments and multi-regions
- Significant business breadth and perspective
- Strong leadership capability with a high level of influence, presence, credibility and impact at all levels and across all business segments
- The skill to operate in a matrix management structure with many global relationships
- Strategic agility, underpinned by perspective and business breadth.
This is clearly a deep technical leadership role however we do need great people management and leadership skills in order to inspire and motivate a large and diverse global group of Food Safety Technical associates.
The Global Head of Food Safety role will ideally be based in Slough in the UK however we could consider any appropriate large business hub within Mars Inc. There will be approximately 50% structural global travel annually.
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