The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. While Kraft Heinz is co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.
We spark joy around mealtime with our iconic brands, including Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Heinz, Philadelphia, Lunchables, Velveeta, Planters, Maxwell House, Capri Sun, Ore-Ida, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, Primal Kitchen, and Classico, among others.
No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision:
To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally . Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!
Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy & Collaboration
We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day. As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.
This is a Research and Development (R&D) role leading the value engineering project pipeline & strategies across the Kids, Snacking and Beverage Business Unit. This candidate should have a proven record of developing and executing work plans and driving for results in a variety of challenging and complex settings. The candidate will be an R&D leader for technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on value engineering. This role is responsible for partnering with the procurement and operations organization early in the process to help define successful projects. Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role, which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment. This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently with a high degree of autonomy.
- Work directly with the cross-functional team, plants, and vendors as the R&D project leader to drive execution across multiple product, packaging and processing value engineering projects.
- Partner with Procurement, R&D, Marketing and Operations to develop a value engineering strategy that complements the overall Platform and business strategies
- Responsible for monitoring and tracking of project pipeline from development to implementation.
- Collaborates with operations to optimize processes and production for existing items.
BS/MS Food Science, Chemical Engineer, or related field
5 years of experience in food product or packaging development preferred
Strong communication with ability to interact cross-functionally with all levels of the internal organization.
Ability to inspire team to drive results.
Excellent problem solving and decisions making skills.
Travel approximately 25% of time
Glenview R&D Center, Heinz Innovation Center
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity