Mars Australia Graduate Programs & Internships

Mars is a family-owned business with more than $35 billion in global sales. We have been making products for people (and the pets that people love- we proudly take care of half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health and services businesses) for more than 100 years. We’re behind some of the best-loved brands in the world including MARS®, SNICKERS®, EXTRA®, ECLIPSE®, PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, DOLMIO®, UNCLE BEN’S® and MASTERFOODS ® ROY…

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Application Process

Our application process is a five-stage experience designed to ensure that we are learning all about you through each stage! You will be kept up to date and informed of next steps at each stage of the process. 

  1. Online Application

    Fill in our quick and easy applications form – be sure to have your CV, Academic Transcript and proof of work rights handy!

  2. Online Assessment

    This should take around 40 mins to complete and if you are eligible for the program you have applied for, you will receive this shortly after completing your online application form.

  3. Video Interview

    We want to get to know you a little better and understand more about your experiences and motivations for joining Mars. We know that it can be a bit daunting but try to relax & have fun, we’ll only ask you a couple of questions so it’ll be done in about 10-15 mins. 

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Life & Culture

The Five Principles are how we do business here at Mars. They unite us across geographies, cultures and generations. Together, they serve as a guide that every Associate can depend on to make decisions - big or small - knowing that when we look at a problem through the collective lens of the Five Principles, we will reach a stronger decision. They are at the heart of the success we've enjoyed over the decades and will continue to guide us in the decades to come.

Life and Culture

We are also committed to a sustainable tomorrow through our sustainable in-a-generation plan that addresses a healthy planet, thriving people and nourishing wellbeing. Creating a healthy workplace sits at the heart of everything we do.  Our Sustainable in a Generation Plan addresses key areas of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and features ambitious goals informed by science and rooted in The Five Principles. 

We have many local initiatives that work towards our goals!! 

Have a look more into our Sustainable in a generation plan here:

 

Perks & Benefits

Product + Pet = In our offices + dogs!

Health and well-being initiatives that are unmatched

Bake-off events

Fun freebies

Competitive package + benefit

Paid parental leave offering

Superannuation Co-contribution offerings

Flexible working environment

Corporate Partnerships that offer discounts on a variety of things

Discounted gym memberships

Mars volunteer program

Mars Ambassador program

Our Associates are everything to us and therefore we aim to offer as much as we can. Ask us more about the amazing perks and benefits about working for Mars!

About Us

Mars is a family-owned business with more than $35 billion in global sales. We have been making products for people (and the pets that people love- we proudly take care of half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health and services businesses) for more than 100 years. We’re behind some of the best-loved brands in the world including MARS®, SNICKERS®, EXTRA®, ECLIPSE®, PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, DOLMIO®, UNCLE BEN’S® and MASTERFOODS ® ROYAL CANIN®. We are pet obsessed, confectionery lovers, foodies, dream chasers, and community builders— working across more than 75 different countries.

Here in Australia, we are a community with over 3000 Associates spread across multiple locations including, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Ballarat, Wodonga, Asquith, and Wyong.

Application Process

Our application process is a five-stage experience designed to ensure that we are learning all about you through each stage! You will be kept up to date and informed of next steps at each stage of the process. 

  1. Online Application

    Fill in our quick and easy applications form – be sure to have your CV, Academic Transcript and proof of work rights handy!

  2. Online Assessment

    This should take around 40 mins to complete and if you are eligible for the program you have applied for, you will receive this shortly after completing your online application form.

  3. Video Interview

    We want to get to know you a little better and understand more about your experiences and motivations for joining Mars. We know that it can be a bit daunting but try to relax & have fun, we’ll only ask you a couple of questions so it’ll be done in about 10-15 mins. 

  4. Assessment Centre

    Our assessment centres will involve some group work, individual tasks, but most importantly give you the opportunity to hear from lots of Mars Associates about life @ Mars!

  5. Offer

    You’ve made it!!! You will receive an offer to join as a Mars Associate on our graduate program!

Why Join Us?

United by our Purpose, Inspired by our People. 

Working at Mars gives you an instant sense of belonging, from the collaborative nature of all of our Associates to our extra offerings such as our well-being initiatives, bake-off events, dogs in the office (certain locations), fun freebies, and not to forget our competitive benefits package. These are just a few of the ways we celebrate your contribution and the work we do together! Flexibility and finding the balance between work and play is something we prioritize every day because in doing so we know that we can create an environment where everyone can flourish.

We’re an extended community that wakes up every morning ready to make an impact—on our business and on the world. And we do it by keeping The Five Principles at the heart of everything we do. These principles inform our decisions and unite us across geographies, languages, cultures and generations. 

Your growth and development are as important to us as our world-famous brands are. Our Associates come from a diverse range of backgrounds and are as different as our products, so we tailor our mentoring and coaching to everyone.  We’re here to support you and your career potential as you navigate our network of businesses and segments.  From day one, there’s always a focus on your future.

Graduate Program

This program is designed for graduates with a specialist discipline interest who are looking for a leadership career in a specific business area. Join our Mars Australia Graduate Program and you'll develop leadership capabilities, deep technical knowledge, and functional skills today to set you up for long-term success tomorrow. During the two-year program, you will work on meaningful projects within our chosen discipline, whilst gaining exposure to other areas of our business including Engineering, Sales, Marketing and Research & Development.

With streams in Engineering, Research and Development, and Sales, the program consists of two assignments which are aligned with your individual development needs and business opportunity. For 2024, we will open applications in July 2023, for a start next January, 2024!

What makes us stand out from the rest? Our focus on your development and our flexibility for your next step to be right for you. We don’t have forced rotations into functions or to timelines that may not suit you – we move you into your second assignment at a time, and into a role, that is right for you. Supported by a team of Associates who care about your progression, you will also have regular connections as a graduate cohort, and access to graduate specific Skills Pathways and Learning and Development opportunities. 

Leo

Meet Leo one of our many 2023 Grads!

What did you apply for Mars?

I was attracted to apply for the Mars grad program as they were a company rooted in making people’s day to day life better through their products. This is something I wanted to be a part of. It’s a company that despite its size and reach has stayed privately owned, meaning that change was easy to enact. Another major factor was the international opportunities which Mars posed that was global also, and a goal I have is to be able to live and work abroad.  

Tell me about the work / projects you have worked on so far?

I am currently working in th…

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Reisha

Meet Reisha, one of our superstar 2023 Graduates

What attracted you to apply for Mars?

I was able to learn a little bit about Mars through my university studies, and I was really interested in the opportunity to work for a large FMCG company that aligned with my broader values. I studied Nutrition Sciences and have a strong passion for sustainability and food security so it was really great to hear about all the work that Mars does in both the health and wellness space, as well as in climate and packaging sustainability. I also found the recruitment experience to be super accessible and everyone that I met throughout the process was incredibly friendly whic…

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Diversity & Inclusion

In the world we want tomorrow, society is inclusive and diverse

At Mars we know that our strength lies in embracing and celebrating the unique perspectives, talents, and experiences of all Associates. By valuing and harnessing the power of diverse voices and perspectives, we foster innovation, strengthen our community, and create a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

We believe inclusion invites diversity and that every Associate should feel supported to proudly express who they are. Together, we are building a future that is inclusive, equitable, and empowering for all.

At Mars we are united by our differences

Associate Resource Groups

Our Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) are groups of passionate volunteers who work with our Inclusion & Diversity Leader to champion inclusion and foster a diverse and inclusive work culture for everyone. Mars has five ARGs across Australia and New Zealand, each of which plays a vital role in creating a sense of belonging and community in the workplace and also in contributing the voice of lived experience (and allyship) to our I&D strategy. Our ARGs are always welcoming of new members who want to help make a difference.

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