Any young people out there? Want a great job (with free Mars Bars!)

by Peter Smith on September 30, 2010

Coincidence is a strange thing.  Having spoken this week for the first time in 20 years to an old friend from my days at Mars – a fellow member of the cricket team, no less (and we’ll be featuring him further here in the future, he said mysteriously…), I then came across a recruitment ad for Mars while looking for something totally different on the Web.

I came through the Mars Graduate trainee programme, which was, like the firm itself, excellent.  They now have training programmes in different functions, and for the first time this year I was delighted to see they have a specialist Procurement training programme. with a £29,000 starting salary – Mars always did pay well.  It sounds like a very good programme – I’m thinking of dyeing my hair and applying…

Mars is still probably the best company I’ve ever worked for,  or even with.  And of course I’m biased by my own experience, but Procurement is a great career.  So if you’re one of our younger readers (and I know we have a few) and you’re tempted, go for it.  And I’d be happy to tell you more about Mars (or indeed procurement) if you email me  (

I would suggest however that if you’re vegetarian, you tell them early that you’re not keen on being a meat buyer for Pedigree Petfoods…  I have some stories….

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine Morton October 1, 2010 at 9:26 am

Peter! You can’t say younger!

Grant Holman October 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Thank you for information, it sounds like a great opportunity with a very good company. I applied earlier today. Thanks again.

Mark November 11, 2010 at 9:01 am

Sounds interesting, maybe a tad too old for the Graduate thing, but interesting.

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