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At Mars, we deeply believe that everything we do can mean more. That’s why our objective is to make a difference to people and the planet through performance. We do that in line with our values that have been with us for decades; by putting our Principles in action. The five principles which guide us are: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom.
And because we are a family owned company that is about more than just profit, we look for Associates that seek to make the opportunities they get here mean more. More to themselves and their own career, and along the way, more to the people and the communities they interact with.
We’re based in more than 53 countries, operate out of more than 413 locations and do business on every continent. In total our brands are worth more than 11 Billion dollars and our net sales is over 33 Billion dollars. The business ranges from chocolate to petcare, drinks, confectionery, to symbioscience.
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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