Posted 4/17/2019


Senior Manager Global Packaging Development, Sustainability - Chicago, IL 


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™, 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™. 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.

 Principal Accountabilities

  • Create technical packaging sustainability strategies for achieving long term business objectives, while leading teams to design with the “end-of-life” of the packaging material in mind. 

  • Experiment with and scope innovative packaging materials for their value, and communicate outcomes with recommendations

  • Create and manage “test & learn” and development plans for new packaging technologies that create a competitive advantage in regions or markets.

  • Manage ambiguity and energize the team to stay focused on mid-term and long-term goals

  • Be resourceful and find creative solutions to complex technical and organizational challenges

  • Demonstrate extraordinary people skills, customer obsession and attention to detail

Key Experiences


Advanced skill level in delivering results by managing, leading and coordinating a team to deliver program activities while also acting as an individual contributor. The Senior Manager delivers technical/ functional programs through others that are directed by the business needs and/or R&D functional needs activities. You complete complex projects quickly and adeptly with your understanding of the business priorities. You are diplomatic, professional and exercise great judgment in developing and maintaining excellent business relationships within the business.  You are serious about delivering results, and takes pride in a proven track record in delivering on challenging objectives.

Business Strategy:

Actively builds program strategy at an advanced level.  Proactively identifies opportunities to develop and optimize the global program against the strategy. Acts with appropriate urgency to various market events and trends that require a quick turnaround in plans and strategy. 

Technology/ Program development:

Builds the short to medium-term functional initiative pipeline.  Drives the global program from start to finish, collaborates with multi-disciplinary cross-functional teams to ensure successful program launch. 

People & Technical Capability development:

Advanced and actively leads associates in area of own expertise.  A motivated leader that can inspire others; you respect your commitments and are able to obtain optimal results from your team.



  • Bachelors’ degree in Science, Engineering, Quality, or relevant field and/or military experience

  • 12 years of work experience

  • 7 years of People Leadership experience

  • 1 year experience identifying and implementing technology, products, or processes to improve experiences or efficiency

  • Experience working with all levels of management; demonstrated strong business acumen

  • Demonstrated solid verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to travel up to 25%


  • Chemical Engineering, Bio Chemistry, Supply Chain or Packaging Engineering Degree

  • MBA or Masters in Engineering Management

  • 17 years of relevant work experience

  • Familiarity with change management

  • Ability to educate others

  • 4 years of consulting, or related experience in an operational environment, including experience creating a vision that inspires individuals / organizations to take action

  • Experience with Consumer Packaged Goods, Resin suppliers, or Recycling

  • 2 years working in an innovative work environment

  • 1 year experience in a start-up environment

  • 1 year working in an extremely ambiguous environment with limited guidance, with demonstrated problem solving experience


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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