Mars is a global food business operating in the pet care, confectionery, food, gum and drinks segents. Founded in 1911 in the home kitchen of Frank C. Mars, the firm now has global sales of $33 billion, 72,000 staff and is ranked as the third largest privately owned company in the US.
Angus McIntosh, Chief Procurement Officer for Mars Petcare in Europe, knows that it is essential for a company to be tuned into the latest intelligence and best practice in procurement.
“Procurement Leaders enriches our understanding of what other people and organisations are doing through its research, content and events,” says Angus.
“In our team we see it as an intelligence bank, a place to draw inspiration from and develop our professional knowledge.”
For Angus the content provided via Procurement Leaders’ award-winning online information resource is a valuable source of insight for his teams.
“The content helps raise the quality of the debate and conversation,” explains Angus. “It informs, sharpens and validates what we do. Combined with the networking opportunities membership offers, Procurement Leaders helps to drive up standards and develop the procurement function.”
As well as being a source of intelligence for the procurement profession, Procurement Leaders also offers a chance for firms to celebrate their achievements and achieve global recognition. In 2013 Mars won the Best Procurement Employer award at the Global Procurement Leaders Awards.
“Not only were we immensely proud to win,” says Angus, “but we’ve also been able to use it directly to help us attract and recruit new talent to the business. The attention and kudos the award brought us shows the esteem in which Procurement Leaders is held by those in the profession. It has become the focus for people in our line of work.”