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Mars

We are a family owned global business. It gives us freedom to think in generations, not in years. It gives us responsibility to make decisions carefully. What we decide today should be the right way tomorrow. Our tomorrow starts with how we do business today.
As a Mars Associate, you have our ongoing commitment to your development as you work...


We are a family owned global business. It gives us freedom to think in generations, not in years. It gives us responsibility to make decisions carefully. What we decide today should be the right way tomorrow. Our tomorrow starts with how we do business today.
As a Mars Associate, you have our ongoing commitment to your development as you work across our world famous brands. We tailor our mentoring and coaching to each individual. We help you build a better tomorrow, through support today.

FMCG
Veghel, NL
Active in 80 countries
3,500 employees
60% men - 40% women
Average age is 34 years

Mars

We are a family owned global business. It gives us freedom to think in generations, not in years. It gives us responsibility to make decisions carefully. What we decide today should be the right way tomorrow. Our tomorrow starts with how we do business today.
As a Mars Associate, you have our ongoing commitment to your development as you work...


We are a family owned global business. It gives us freedom to think in generations, not in years. It gives us responsibility to make decisions carefully. What we decide today should be the right way tomorrow. Our tomorrow starts with how we do business today.
As a Mars Associate, you have our ongoing commitment to your development as you work across our world famous brands. We tailor our mentoring and coaching to each individual. We help you build a better tomorrow, through support today.

FMCG
Veghel, NL
Active in 80 countries
3,500 employees
60% men - 40% women
Average age is 34 years
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Interesting to know

With our confectionery products we want to bring more happy moments and smiles into people's everyday life. Our Pet Nutrition segment is inspired to make A Better World For Pets™, a world where they’re healthy, happy and welcome. We are making tasty Uncle Ben's rise and souses to make sure everyone around the world can enjoy a healthy, tasty, affordable,...


With our confectionery products we want to bring more happy moments and smiles into people's everyday life. Our Pet Nutrition segment is inspired to make A Better World For Pets™, a world where they’re healthy, happy and welcome. We are making tasty Uncle Ben's rise and souses to make sure everyone around the world can enjoy a healthy, tasty, affordable, convenient and sustainably sourced meal. Our newest segment, Mars Edge, is built to help improve human health, by bringing together the food we want with the nutrition we need. We would encourage you to visit our career page to discover more.


With our confectionery products we want to bring more happy moments and smiles into people's everyday life. Our Pet Nutrition segment is inspired to make A Better World For Pets™, a world where they’re healthy, happy and welcome. We are making tasty Uncle Ben's rise and souses to make sure everyone around the world can enjoy a healthy, tasty, affordable, convenient and sustainably sourced meal. Our newest segment, Mars Edge, is built to help improve human health, by bringing together the food we want with the nutrition we need. We would encourage you to visit our career page to discover more.


Mars people are known as Associates for a reason. It’s because we expect each and every one of them to run the business as their own. Whether you are in the factory making sure our machines run well, a graduate learning how to be a leader of tomorrow or a senior manager in any of our functions, the expectation is the same. You’ll have freedom you’ve not experienced before. A lot of freedom. And with that freedom comes responsibility.

So at the same time, we expect our associates to grab everything that’s within their reach and use it to develop themselves. You see, control over how your future unfolds here is firmly in your hands. We provide a structure for development in the broadest sense, one that can be used to drive your career across countries and business segments.


No walls. No borders. No limits to what’s possible. Our culture is based on open, honest communication. We got rid of private office spaces to create accessible environments way back in 1943. And it was one of the best things we ever did. So today no-one, and we really mean no-one, not even a single CEO, has a separate office.

Open space, open communication, approachable people talking the same language and working together in entrepreneurial ways, because they treat the business as their own. And even though we’re a very decentralized business, one that encourages decisions to be taken locally, once you’ve seen one Mars building you’ve seen them all.


We’re no strangers to success. But it’s not only our billion-dollar brands that enjoy it. Because we provide world-class training to people with potential. And one look at the alumni of graduate programmes will tell you just how far that can take you. CEOs and MDs who aren’t just keeping our success story moving forward, they’re leading businesses in every sector.

Our flat, open structure is a big plus for graduates when it comes to grabbing the opportunity to shape our business. It makes for a truly creative and dynamic environment. But it takes more than just freedom and responsibility to create Mars leaders.

Traineeships. At Mars Netherlands we have five different traineeships within the functional areas. Please check what we currently offer at the "Opportunities" tab.

The programs consist of three 12-month placements working in a real job with high-value responsibilities. Depending on which functional area, you could be working at any of our sites and in any of our categories (Confectionery, Petcare, Food). And you’ll spend one year working at one of our European Sites. So you’ll get enormous business exposure and have invaluable opportunities to develop your skills, experience management style. Throughout the programme you’ll have support from your Manager and a Mentor – a senior leader. We will support you with tailored development plans and structured training programmes, such as the development booster program which provides you with a personal coach and two full weeks of training a year!

(Check out the section 'people' on top of this page, to learn to know some of our trainees and read more about their experiences)

Traineeship starts on September 1st.

Visit our website for more information regarding career opportunities or to apply: https://www.mars.nl/carriere/graduates-students/graduate-programmes


In order to be successful as a trainee, you will need to deliver visible results and to be continuously looking for development opportunites for yourself and the organisation. You will be expected to demonstrate excellent social skills and great flexibility, as well as the ambition to seize stimulating opportunities to develop your career. You must be willing to travel and live abroad, and your oral and written command of English must be excellent. We do not expect relevant work experience from you, but the traineeships do require a Master’s Degree.

We are looking for critical and ambitious graduates, who take into account the impact on people and business. Do you have a strong drive and the ability to motivate others? Than take on this challenge and launch your career at Mars!


Step 1: Application
Step 2: Online test
Step 3: Digital interview.
The aim of this step is to assess your competencies that we think would be key to your success in our organisation. You will be asked to describe a couple of situations from your own experience and provide us with some details about how you proceeded with those situations and what outcome you achieved. It's important for us to understand how you learn on the go, so please also reflect what you've learned from this experience and how would you change your approach next time. This step will take around 20 minutes of your time.

Step 4: Skype interview
If successful in digital interview, we will invite you to the Skype interview with the managers from our business. Along with assessing competencies we would also talk to you about your motivation, functional knowledge (if you've chosen functional scheme). This is also a great chance for you to ask questions about the scheme and the company. Skype interview lasts usually 45-60 minutes.

Step 5: The assessment center.
The last step in your recruitment process, the Assessment Center. The aim here is to get a deeper understanding on the potential you bring in to build a successful career at Mars. Next to potential you’ll be assessed on 2-6 out of our Mars Leadership Capabilities.
The investment in this assessment is one day of your valuable time.

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