S&OP+ D&A Domain Lead

Mars, Inc.
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Job Description

Royal Canin (RC) has set itself up to improve Pets’ Health at scale and with precision. This requires

  • scientific understanding of each pet’s health needs.
  • building a relationship with each pet owner so their pets can have Royal Canin nutrition.
  • in-depth understanding of pain-points of our ecosystem for the best health outcome for pets.

Data & Analytics (D&A) exists to infuse decision making at each level of RC with relevant facts and insights built from unified data assets.

D&A in RC is shifting to work via domains: a domain is a strategic area of focus for D&A which requires acquiring and processing similar data assets, or assets whose processing could be highly synergistic– either in terms of execution, and/or in terms of value created/ actionable insights/ pain points addresses. A domain may regroup multiple use cases and initiatives.

Domains are about product organized delivery: iterative value creation towards stakeholders in bitesize chunks through end-end work so

  • The business benefits from progress quickly.
  • Progress is tested fast.
  • Work needed happens in autonomous minimally dependent agile squads.

One of these domains is S&OP+ (Strategic Deployment & Operation Planning or Integrated Business Planning): the process that enables us to know at any point in time where we are versus our strategic objectives on a three year horizon, through cross functional alignment. It enables the creation of realistic scenarios to make decisions on how to best allocate resources to deliver our strategy and does not look at piloting short term delivery.

Context and Scope

The ask from our Leadership to D&A is to build scalable and robust foundations, secure in-flight projects, and sustainably maximize value creation

  • The ask from our Leadership to S&OP+ function is to leverage existing data in a unified way to play out business scenarios across strategic horizons and ensure adequate resourcing and improved decisioning.
  • Digital transformation through technical & associate capability building are some of the most important initiatives in Royal Canin today.
  • Collaboration with Markets and Functions and peers to provide analytics and insight driven solutions to solve business problems to drive growth.
  • Key stakeholder relationships with Global Functions, Regional teams, the Sales and Marketing functions, Supply Chain and Value Chain Operations functions, the S&F community in RC and PetCare including the RC CFO and PetCare CFO, and especially the PetCare Data & Analytics team.
  • Co-Lead data & analytics evolution in Royal Canin Team, broader organization and collaborate globally

What are we looking for?

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Rich experience in working with data and deliver business-changing analytics, data science and marketing personalization
  • At least 8 years of experience in this space, with particular focus on working with S&OP+ / Integrated Business Planning centric data for customer-centric outcomes
  • Highly numerate background with supporting advanced degree/ masters / doctorate in mathematics, stats, operational research, data science or economics nsert bulleted list of 2-4 most essential requirements- can also include here 1-3 'nice-to-haves', that are identified as non-essential

Knowledge / Experience:

  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience in Data & Analytics/ business/ marketing/ finance
  • The candidate must provide strategic leadership, offering both conceptual and practical solutions and recommendations to Mars leadership and building compelling business cases for new initiatives
  • Ability to translate complex data and information into simple, salient actionable points
  • Excellent story telling with Data skills so they can engage the business with the results from their team and support their team in impacting the business through the application of Data & Analytics
  • Highly data literate, proven ability to generate insights from a wide variety of data sources (syndicated data, ad hoc research, 3rd party sources, and 1st party data) to create scalable insights
  • Strong experience in advanced analytics for end-end planning preferably in CPG context
  • Proven business problem solving capability through coordination of technical teams
  • Great learning agility to develop high levels of business acumen in a changing business
  • Strategic Agility and Managing Vision and Purpose are critical in ensuring an appropriate and constantly evolving strategy for the area of Integration is embedded in the team and effectively communicated to key stakeholders and the global associate population
  • Project/Program management experience of complex global projects
  • Strong communications skills in English is essential

What will be your key responsibilities?

The appointed candidate & team will

  • Help the S&OP+ leaders in Global/regional/local teams across Royal Canin in the improvement of the S&OP+ process with the support of Data & Analytics. These leaders are usually at Board Level or -1 from the Board
  • Develop and maintain key relationships across Royal Canin (and PetCare businesses as need be), and be close enough to the processes in order to be able to understand how to support and improve the development and adoption of the work from their portfolio.
  • Develop and own their domain portfolio.
  • Articulate the work in their domain in strategic terms so they can present, discuss, and pitch work in their domain to Senior Leaders
  • Look to ensure, where applicable, a global roll up of the work done in their domain is possible with minimal manual work so KPIs can be aggregated and deaveraged without deliberation.
  • Manage the complexity of processes/ data/ business needs across the globally distributed organization: this is in tension with the global roll up ambition and harmonization.
  • Develop a value driven, problem solving culture in their domains.
  • Inform and own the KPIs and metrics for D&A workstreams under their domain.
  • Support analysts and technical team in delivering into the business impactful insights.
  • Ensure their domain is not siloed from the rest of D&A, that there is awareness of the work happening, maximize cross-breeding of ideas, and adequate support for interdependencies between domains and or the data operations horizontal.
  • Help prioritize these workstreams and gain the support of the Data & Analytics resources to progress them.
  • Develop the business case and value creation model for workstreams together with the stakeholders.
  • With the business lead, agree and monitor the KPIs and metrics for D&A workstreams.
  • Be Highly visible as the face of D&A into much of the business, sharing products/tools/results throughout the organization.
  • Educate leadership and broader organization on the possibilities of new data sets and technologies at a strategic level.
  • On the critical issue of data privacy and governance, ensure that RC builds a data ecosystem and works in a responsible and legal manner.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by the Five Principles.
  • Join a purpose driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.
  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.

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.

Company Info.

Mars, Inc.

Mars proudly makes the treats, nutritious meals, & many of your favorite products for over 100 years. Learn why we're ready to become a part of your family. Alongside our consumer brands, we proudly take care of half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health and services businesses.

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    Manufacturing,Food processing
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    McLean, Virginia, USA
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