Are you the Future Leader in Business Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

We’re searching UK universities to find the outstanding future leader of Mars UK. You must be someone who enjoys leading, motivating and inspiring others.


An international visit to a Mars site (previous locations have been New York and Dubai) and a place on our management graduate programme or internship scheme in our UK Petcare business.

What makes an award winner?

The winner will be someone who can display a high level of business acumen who clearly understands basic business principles and who has a perspective of the challenges going on within the business world and the FMCG sector in particular.

You will:

  • show evidence of leadership ability, positions of responsibility, exceeding expectations, seizing opportunities and driving change
  • value the different viewpoints others can bring and be able to flex your own style to build effective relationships easily
  • have a good level of self-awareness
  • be able to articulate your strengths while also being comfortable talking about areas for development
  • have a clear view as to the type of leader you want to be and why
  • be creative in your thinking with the ability to come up with ideas, identify opportunities and turn them into reality
  • have the drive to plot your way through problems and overcome challenges to deliver exceptional results. You shouldn’t be afraid to take risks.

The closing date for entries is 30 January 2017.

How do I win?

Stage 1A


Register your details online and answer questions set by Mars.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Stage 1B

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to receive three online tests designed exclusively by our partner CEB.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Submit by

30 January 2017

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 30 January 2017.

If you are successful you will hear from us by 28 February 2017.

Stage 2

Assessment centre

If you successfully make it to the next stage you will be invited by Mars to attend an assessment centre.

Stage 3

Grand final

The final shortlist of 10 students will be invited to the awards ceremony at Canary Wharf, where the 2017 award winners will be announced!


Mars and the Future Leader in Business of the Year

Mars has an excellent track record in developing great leaders who have gone on to lead businesses both within Mars and other large UK and global corporations. We have a strong development culture and view our graduate talent as playing a vital role in securing the future success of the business.

Consequently we have a lot of experience in identifying and nurturing great future talent. We see the Future Leader of Mars UK award as an excellent way of identifying and supporting students by providing an insight into our business, access to our senior leaders and opportunities to gain experience. The award is set up to recognise and inspire future leaders and we love being able to play a part in helping individuals begin to realise their leadership potential.

Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at:

Previous winner

Sarahjane Sarkhosh, International Business with Business Law, Glasgow Caledonian University

Sarahjane studied international business with business law at Glasgow Caledonian University. With a love for travel, Sarahjane completed an Erasmus exchange in France and taught English for one year in Senegal with Project Trust. Several of her experiences helped her develop a passion for sustainability within business, so she saw the Future Business Leader of the Year award as the obvious choice for her.

‘Winning the award was the most perfect way to finish off final year and gave me so much more confidence for graduate life,’ says Sarahjane. ‘One of my highlights from the awards was how much fun we all had together – the real source of competitiveness surrounded which category had the best table. Even after the ceremony, so many of us have stayed in touch. I truly feel like I have met people who I can rely on later in my professional life.’


Before you start your application

Before you begin please make sure you have read the criteria carefully on, checking the ‘Entry criteria’ and ‘How do I win?’ tabs for criteria details and information on the process.

Browser suitability

To enable you to take the tests you will need to make sure that:

  • Flash Player needs to be up to date, and the tests can be accessed on the following browsers:
    • Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
    • Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    • Safari – Version 4.0 and higher (Mac only)
    • Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
  • iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.

Hints and tips

Give yourself enough time:

  • As part of the process you will be asked to answer some questions set by the awards partner. Take your time with these as they will be used as part of the longlisting process. Compose them in Microsoft Word (or a similar programme), spell check and word count your answer before submitting into your application form.
  • You don’t have to complete everything in one go. Just remember to save everything as you go!
  • The tests themselves (up to 4 depending on the Awards category) should take no more than two hours to complete.
  • ALL stages must be submitted by 30 January 2017.
  • If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email