FAQs & How to Apply
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General FAQs

01. Do I need a driving licence?
Yes – a lot of our roles mean travelling between sites and visiting various suppliers so you will need to have a full valid EU driving license or local driving license relevant to the country you are applying for.

02. Do you accept international applicants? If so, do you provide sponsorship for work permits or visas?
If you’re from an EU country then you won’t need a work permit or visa. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide company sponsored visas and accept applications from those who do not already have a right to work in Belgium.

03. Can I apply for more than one programme?
You can only apply for one of our programmes so you’ll need to look at them carefully and decide which of them is the best fit for you.

04. How can I apply for an internship at Mars?
Within Europe, we currently offer internships in France, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. Please check the relevant Mars country websites for more information.

05. When can I apply?
Our graduate programmes open for applications at the end of October 2018.  Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

06. If I’m unsuccessful, can I apply again?
You’re very welcome to apply again but you’ll need to wait until we start recruiting for the following year’s intake. Try to think about the skills we’re looking for and how you might be able to develop or strengthen those skills in the meantime.

07. How long will it take me to apply for a position?
From receiving your application through to making an offer, the entire process will take around 60 days.

08. How will I know that you’ve received my application?
You’ll receive an email from our early talent team to let you know that we’ve received your application. Be sure to check your junk email in case our email has been sent there.

09. How can I prepare for the interview and assessment centre?
You can get lots of information and guidance in our How to Apply section.

10. When will I start work with Mars if successful?
Graduates start around the middle of September unless otherwise agreed.

11. Can I defer for a year?
You can’t defer entry, but we do recruit graduates each year. So you can always apply the following year, once you’re back from your round-the-world travels, for example.

12. What are the average working hours on the Mars Early Talent programmes?
All our roles are full time roles with real responsibility. This means that your average working week should be 37.5 hours. No one day is the same and work life balance is key for us here at Mars. You’ll have peaks and troughs in your workload, and it’s really up to you to manage your day. What’s key is that you deliver in your role – and you should always shout up if you have too much or too little work

13. Are there any sports teams I can join at Mars?
Sports and social activities are the norm at Mars. And not just for graduates and students. Our entire associate population regularly gets involved in all sorts of activities – from after work football/rounders, charity fairs, volunteering and running clubs. Anything goes – as long as you can find some other people willing to join you!

14. ‘Where will I be based’?
As a graduate on one of our programmes, you’ll be likely to spend time and focus on one of the below locations in Belgium. We’ve given you an overview of them so you can understand more of each of them and their unique benefits!

Our office in Sint Stevens Woluwe is stone's throw away from Belgium’s national airport, and is home to our sales and marketing unit, which is a key player in the Belgian Food industry. Our Associates here specialise in marketing and selling our world famous chocolate, food and petcare products. The office is also an international unit with teams who operate at regional and global level for all Mars, Incorporated segments, as well as the headquarters of Royal Canin Belux.

Our rice factory is located in Olen, in the province of Antwerp. Our Associates there proudly manufacture and distribute Uncle Ben’s® rice to more than 35 countries – in fact, 94% of the production is destined for export, mainly within the European region. Built in 1977, it is the only factory of its class outside the United States and it is Mars Incorporated’s global dry rice expertise centre. It has its own R&D and Engineering Centre, where a team of Belgian and international experts develop new technologies. Various innovations have seen the light of day in Olen including the invention of boil-in-bag rice in 1983, followed by 10-minute rice in 1987, ready to heat microwaveable rice in 2002 and the new “Rice and Grains” range in 2015.

15. I am having technical issues with my application, who can I contact?
If you send an email to enquiry@mars.ambertrack.co.uk one of our team will be able to help you out.

Graduate FAQs

01. What are the entry requirements for the graduate programmes?
For all of our programmes, you’ll need to have a university degree. If you’re applying from outside Belgium, we’ll need to check whether your grades convert to our minimum requirements. We’ll let you know either way. For some of our programmes, the degree will need to be in a certain discipline and could be at a Bachelors or Masters level.

02. How do I rotate between roles on the graduate programmes? Can I choose what location I go to?
Flexibility is key on our programmes. Both from you and us. We’ll always support you to achieve your goals, and in return we expect you to have flexibility in the location(s) in which you’ll be based. Each programme has a key internal contact who will work with you during your placements to map out the next logical step. It’s always an individual conversation. Because you will have individual aspirations. The key message is that it will always be a two way conversation.

03. Will I be offered the opportunity to work abroad as part of the graduate programme?
This depends on the programme you join – some of them include a European placement – and on the nature of your role. Either way, once you’ve finished your programme you’ll find there are all sorts of opportunities to work internationally. More than ever, our graduates are finding opportunities to work abroad with us when their programme comes to a close.

04. Will I have a permanent role at the end of the programme?
We plan for our graduates to sign off after their programme and move into a new permanent role. After that, where you go next will largely be driven by you. Throughout your time on the graduate programme you will have reviews discuss your development, progress and next steps for you and will receive support from your line managers and mentors throughout the scheme.


Making Your Application Mean More

Firstly, you can only apply to one of our programmes so you’ll need to have a think about which one is right for you. Of course, at the end of your programme, where you go next will be wide open but it’s important that you get off to a great start with us. That means deciding which programme is going to be the best fit – and whether you’re interested in a specialist path or a generalist one. Secondly, no matter what the deadline, we’ll close the programme earlier if we find enough of the right people. So the sooner you apply, the better! 

If you’ve found a programme that you’re really interested in, you’re in the right place to start making your application. For those programmes that offer multiple location choices, be sure to take a look at our FAQs which will highlight a bit more about each location and their unique benefits. Before you do that, here’s a bit of information about how everything works. Before you can make an application you must register and create a profile online.  

Stage 1:  
So you’ve decided on a route, you’ve created a profile and you have registered your details. It’s time to commence your Mars journey. Once you click ‘Apply Now’ you will have to start demonstrating your skills and what it is that makes you want to become an associate at Mars. This stage will include three competency based questions which will enable you to show us that you have the kind of skills we’re looking for.  
Be ready to tell us why you want to work for us, and let us know about the activities you’re involved in outside of your studies. You’ll need to do all of this in one go, so make sure you have your CV (and anything else that might help you) to hand. 
Stage 2: 
Next up is an online psychometric test that will look to assess your numerical or logical reasoning skills. You’ll be benchmarked against other graduates. Try going online to complete practice tests before you start. 
Stage 3: 
You’ve caught our eye… At this point, you’ll be invited to a digital interview at a time that suits you. You will be given 3 questions and then be asked to record your answers – don’t worry, you will have some time to think about the question before you answer. For your interview, think about the experiences you’ve had to date and the skills these have given you. And please be yourself. Be honest, genuine and don’t tell us something because you think we want to hear it.  

Stage 4:
You’ll then be invited to a Skype interview with one of our Mars line managers to find out a little more about you, and the functional skills that you could bring to Mars.  

Stage 5:
Great news – you have reached the final round assessment centre! During the day you will need to complete a number of practical exercises. This could include a group exercise, case study or presentation in addition to an interview with senior Mars leaders. 
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