Full Job Description
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 based technical leadership role providing direction for and execution of projects across our North American business (Meal Foundations & Coffee). The candidate will be identifying, scoping and/or driving technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on Innovation, Renovation and Brand Maintenance. This candidate should have a proven record of executing work plans and driving for results. This includes basic understanding of the business need, designing and executing tests, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting, communicating results, and commercializing products. Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role, which operates in a cross-functional environment. The candidate must also have a strong technical background and be able to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations. This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently and demonstrate the ability complete work with minimal guidance. Exhibiting a collaborative mindset and applying innovative solutions are a must.
Key Components of the role
Work with cross functional teams to scope, develop and execute projects in the Meal Foundations & Coffee Business Unit.
Demonstrates the willingness/ability to learn new product categories and/or processing/packaging areas.
Translate research findings into meaningful business opportunities and communicate to cross-functional teams
Formula/product commercialization working closely with cross-functional team members in production plants
Adapt and apply scientific principles to new situations/products and have a moderate degree of autonomy
Manage multiple assignments/research projects concurrently and possess the ability to call out priority conflicts between a variety of business initiatives
Specification creation and updating, with attention to detail
BS/MS in Food, Dairy, Meat, Animal Science, or Chemical Engineering
Minimum of 2 years in a Technical Function (which can include all graduate and/or internship work)
Solid understanding of food (can be specific to Meat, Dairy) chemistry, analytical testing, formulations and processing used in food manufacturing
Understanding of ingredient functionality and interrelationship of ingredients, process, and packaging
Excellent communication, influencing, project management and problem solving skills
Ability to lead, coach and motivate others
Manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to question the priority of work
Strong understanding of Design of Experiments
Willingness to travel 30%
Glenview R&D Center
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity