Who are we?
Founded by Frank C. Mars in 1911, Mars is one of the largest food companies in
the world and makes a lot more than just chocolate. Today the privately owned,
family business operates six distinct and different segments: Chocolate, Petcare,
Food, Wrigley, Drinks and Symbioscience across 78 countries around the world.
Why work at Mars?
A business built on The Five Principles
From making M&Ms chocolate to taking care of your pets, everything we do begins with The Five Principles: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. These values have guided our journey for 100 years and are much more than just words on a wall.
Helping you reach your full potential
We want you to have fun, be challenged and explore your skills every day.
So you grow to reach your full potential.
In it for the long haul, together
Your long term career goals are important to us. We provide the support and stretch
you need to achieve your dreams, so we can build a successful future, together.
Enjoy going to work
Your time here should be something you enjoy. From the work that you do to the people you work with. We take pride in being internationally recognised as a Great Place to Work and are confident you will enjoy your time with us.
European Engineering Leadership Program Trainee (EELP)
As an EELP trainee, in one of the world's largest food companies, you'll be keeping our success story moving forward. Finding new ways for engineering, pushing forward innovative ideas and leading technically-complex projects across Europe. You'll be making a big impact.
What will you be doing?
We like to empower our people. So from the moment you join Mars, you’ll be responsible for your own project. You could find yourself working with Production and R&D to design a new production line for Pedigree or install a new robotic
wrapping machine to wrap more than 800 Mars bars a minute. We think it is important that you can experience as many opportunities as possible. Therefore, we’ll give you three-one year assignments, in two countries, tailored to your personal development that will provide you with an impressive level of experience to fast track your engineering leadership career.
Year 1 - You’ll gain experience in project management and get to know engineering at Mars
Year 2 - You’ll live and work abroad, expanding your cultural awareness and deepening your engineering skills
Year 3 - You’ll have your first line management experience, with your own team
What will you get?
- We have an ongoing commitment to your growth and development. You will be supported by a mentor, coach and buddy and you will be given the opportunity to meet some of the best and brightest people in the business.
- While most of your learning will come through on-the-job experience, you'll attend workshops to help you to develop all the skills you will need to become one of our future leaders and build a rewarding career.
- At Mars you can enjoy all kinds of great perks including a highly competitive benefits packages and open offices. Some of our locations even let you bring your pets to work!
Where will you be working?
There are opportunities at many of our sites across Europe. Your home site could be based in Poland, France, The Netherlands, UK, Hungary, Lithuania, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria or the Czech Republic.
Who are we looking for?
We’re looking for people who can build great leadership skills as well as develop their technical capability. You’ll need to be full of drive and ambition to become one of our future leaders and enjoy responsibility. We require:
- International mobility
- Fluency in Dutch and English
- Readiness to work in a multicultural team, with an open and collaborative attitude
- A master's degree in mechnical, electrical, chemical engineering or related fields.
What happens after the program?
Your final placement is usually a line manager role so after the program you are already part of our leadership structure. After that you can move upwards, sideways, across borders to roles such as a Regional Engineer, Maintenance Team Leader or Technical Manager. We don’t think there’s a more exciting place to bring your career and in terms of how far you can progress, the future is wide open.
Your recruitment journey
We want the best possible people to join us. That’s why we have a rigorous selection process you’ll go through before securing a role with us. But rest assured we’ll offer you the advice you need at every stage of the journey. And if you succeed, we’ll make sure you have plenty of support so you can get off to a brilliant start.
What to do next?
If you are interested, visit Mars.com/careers and apply for a vacancy. If you’re successful at the CV screening stage, you’ll be invited to a telephone interview. If you are successful at this stage you’ll be invited to a face to face interview and an assessment center which will lead to a job offer for successful candidates.
We hope we’ve given you some useful insights into what it would be like to join us as an engineering trainee. And we look forward to seeing you soon.