Mars, Incorporated Associate Consumer & Market Insights (CMI) Director, Global in Chicago, Illinois

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A mutually rewarding experience.

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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.

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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.

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Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, operates six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

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Mars brands include: Petcare ? PEDIGREE, ROYAL CANIN, WHISKAS, BANFIELD Pet Hospital, CESAR, SHEBA, DREAMIES and NUTRO; Chocolate ? M&M?S, SNICKERS, DOVE, GALAXY, MARS, MILKY WAY and TWIX; Wrigley ? DOUBLEMINT, EXTRA, ORBIT and 5? chewing gums, SKITTLES and STARBURST candies, and ALTOIDS AND LIFESAVERS mints. Food ? UNCLE BEN?S, DOLMIO, EBLY, MASTERFOODS, SEEDS OF CHANGE and ROYCO; Drinks ? ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS?, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY?, KLIX and FLAVIA; Symbioscience ? COCOAVIA and WISDOM PANEL.

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nThe purpose of the role is to enhance our shopper insights capabilities through developing a vision for shopper insights globally, managing the global and local shopper insights agenda, and through creation of a global strategic shopper / in-store learning plan and deployment of shopper / in-store insights across markets and the global Business. The role is critical in ensuring quality of research, scalability of insights and efficiency of spend across all Mars Wrigley Confectionery shopper insights initiatives.

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Key Responsibilitiesn?Generate, consolidate and effectively deploy long-term, strategic shopper insights that are relevant and actionable across geographies to drive scalable growthn?Contextualize macro and category shopper trends to influence our strategic shopper insights agendan?Develop and drive the strategic shopper learning agenda in collaboration with the Global Sales Team, CMI LT and Local CMI Shopper Insights Partnersn?Personally manage selected global shopper research projects, and work closely to coach & guide on local shopper research projectsn?Set CMI standards and best practices for shopper research and analytics; ensures consistent approaches in generating shopper insights so that learnings are globally comparable and scalablen?Codify shopper insights into Key Beliefs & drives global deployment into Playbooks, Category Vision (via CMI colleague) and other strategic initiativesn?Influence and deploy initiatives that source from the global x-segment CoE In-Store Insights (Mars CMI)n?Inform shopper strategies (physical, digital) via an under tanding and codification of shopper insights from around the globen?Act as Point of Contact (POC) for the Mars CMI Shopper/In-Store CoE, and ensure Confectionery Segment needs are reflected in Mars CMI learning agenda, and learnings are communicated and utilized within the Confectionery Business

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Context and Scopen?Global scope with focus on Lead Markets, Scale Activation and Activation Marketsn?Role has important component as individual contributor as well as driving results through other team members and peers (influence without authority)n?Manages a number of diverse stakeholders, particularly the global CMI shopper insights community, CMI CBU and Brand Board colleagues and the Global Sales Teamn?Needs to create and manage a global CMI Shopper Insights community, engaging local CMI Market Shopper Insights colleagues into developing and driving best practicen?Works closely with Mars CMI as the key point of contact on best in class and future solutions for generating shopper insights

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Education & Professional Qualificationsn?Minimum Education: Degree in Consumer/Shopper Insights / Market Research or related fieldn?Preferred Education: Bachelor?s degree (or equivalent) with relevant post graduate level educationn?8-10 years? experience in consumer/shopper insights / market research or related field (preferably in CPG