What they say about Mars and their careers.
Xavier Van Muylder
In June 2003 I started working at Mars Belgium, formerly Masterfoods.
I started as Sales Trainee, an excellent job to get to know the market and our products, and to learn to negotiate with customers.
After approximately one and a half year I joined the Trade Marketing team, at first to work on food projects, after that I worked quite some time for Petcare. I was amongst other things responsible for selling-out analyses, data reporting and several category management projects for almost all our distributors. For 5 years I stayed with the Trade Marketing team.
After these 5 years of learning I thought the time had come for a radical change, and at the beginning of this year I joined the logistic department. The job I am in now is Copacking Coordinator, meaning that I am responsible for the planning of display making, local stickering, special packagings, … I do this for our three markets. Next to a close collaboration with the volume planners, stock controllers, accounts, promotion-managers … I also work closely together with our logistic partner DHL.
Precisely this variety of contacts with almost all our departments (encouraged by an open office) makes a job at Mars challenging for me. Without forgetting the freedom to find your own way within the company and an enthusiastic young team to make it all come true, which are, for myself, the most important pillars of Mars.
Just after college, I started my career at Mars, and since then (now almost 10 years…), I had the opportunity to do lots of different jobs and projects! I started as a Sales Trainee for the Grocery market on our 3 main categories: Petcare, Food and Chocolate.
After that I participated to an internal assessment centre for a job in Marketing, and I always worked in this area since then, but on lots of different projects and categories: from leading European projects to organizing promotions or developing a local TV spot for Belgium which has been rolled out all over Europe! This is my biggest achievement in my career, which allowed me to win the Mars “Make the Difference” award and go and defend my project in the worldwide finals in Washington.
What I love about Mars is the particular entrepreneurial atmosphere, the freedom you get at every level, and of course the opportunity to work on such iconic brands like Whiskas®, Sheba®, Twix®, Balisto®, …
Immediately after my Commercial Science studies, I started working as a Sales Promoter at Mars Belgium for the Chocolate category in October 2006. As a recent graduate, this was an ideal first job: I got to know the products, retailers, promotions, etc. in combination with a major dose of responsibility and freedom to take my own initiatives.
After 1.5 years I was given the opportunity to take over the position of Business Analyst. Specifically, this mainly came down to analyses of promotions and forecasting, in close cooperation with our key account managers, the marketing department and the supply chain. In other words: this was the perfect opportunity to get a complete view of Mars Belgium’s way of working.
At the end of 2009, I took on the role of Field Manager, meaning that I was responsible for a team of six Sales trainees. It was a fun and educational position that gave me the opportunity to help motivate and develop people. Training and coaching recent graduates and seeing them grow gave me a tremendous amount of satisfaction!
It is time for something new in April 2011, when I will be responsible for customers including Match, Cora and Intermarché as Account Manager, still in the Chocolate category, my first love at Mars Belgium!
The five principles, unique atmosphere and possibilities of development undoubtedly make Mars Belgium A Great Place to Work!
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