Pet Unit Specialist


Waltham, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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£17,500 – £21,500 (includes shift allowance)


At Mars, your pet's health is our obsession. We focus our attention on the unique needs of cats and dogs. That obsession with detail is what makes it possible for us to deliver precise, effective nutrition, and help them become their magnificent best!


Here at Mars we now have several very exciting opportunities for individuals to come and join our Waltham Petcare Science Institute, the Global Research Centre for Mars Petcare as Pet Unit Specialists. This role is critical to the day to day delivery of our research trials but also to ensure a high standard of welfare to our pets!


What are we looking for?

A good general education to GSCE standard or equivalent. Grade C or above is essential in Maths and English and Science is preferable

A flexible working style, good communication, planning and organisation skills and proven ability to work in a team are all essential.

A passion for animals is essential. Proven experience of animal training, animal research or veterinary nursing is preferred.


Key responsibilities:

Data collection – Collect and record accurately all relevant animal samples and data

Delivery of dog/cat life skills training, recreation and socialisation

Husbandry – Deliver and record all tasks on your designated animal unit (e.g. feeding, grooming, clipping/trimming, tooth brushing and health checks)


What can you expect from Mars:

An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including excellent pension.

Pet-friendly offices, where your pets enjoyment, is as high on our agenda as yours.

A company that understands the importance of a work-life balance.

The chance to take hold of your own career, and develop personally and professionally


What do pet unit specialists do?


About Mars:
Mars is a family-owned business with more than $35 billion in global sales. We produce some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Alongside our consumer brands, we proudly take care of half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health and services businesses such as Banfield Pet Hospitals™, BluePearl®, Linnaeus, AniCura, VCA™ and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire our 125,000 Associates into taking action every day towards creating the world we want tomorrow.

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.