Full Job Description
Kraft Heinz, The Company
As one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, we are proud to spark joy around mealtimes with a global portfolio of more than 200 brands. Some are iconic master brands like Heinz, Kraft and Planters. Others are fast growing new sensations that defy status quo like DEVOUR and Primal Kitchen. No matter the brand, we are united under one vision To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World . Bringing this vision to life are our 36,000+ teammates around the world, making food people love.
Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership and commitment with Rise Against Hunger. And we also stand committed to sustainability, and the health of our planet and its people.
Every day, we are transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you’re passionate like us - and ready to create the future, build on a storied legacy, and participate as a conscientious global citizen - there’s one thing to do join us.
Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration
We’re not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. It all comes down to the way we empower our people to own their work. It’s true Our employees are our competitive advantage.
As part of the Kraft Heinz family you’re supported to grow and achieve. You’re recognized and rewarded for outstanding performance at every level. You’re given the opportunity to leave your mark and build legacies. But you won’t do it alone. This is where our values and teamwork thrives and collaborative spirit fuels every day.
Role / Title
This is a Center Research-based technical leadership role providing leadership for the identification of projects and platforms in addition to leadership/execution of projects across several of our North American businesses (SFM, Refrigerated, BSD, Foodservice/KFI and Canada Zone). The candidate will be identifying, scoping and/or driving technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on Operational Cost Initiatives , as well as coaching junior developers leading technical projects. This candidate should have a proven record of developing as well as executing work plans and driving for results in a variety of settings. This includes understanding the business need, designing and executing tests, operational efficiency, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting, communicating results, and commercializing products. Proven communication, leadership 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 a high degree of autonomy. Exhibiting a collaborative mindset and applying innovative solutions are a must. They must use their technical kowledge to develop and coach others through product and process development projects.
Key Components of the role
Work with cross functional teams, seeking and navigating ambiguous data sets (cross functionally) find areas of opportunity and then lead the identification, scoping and development of Cost Engineering opportunities, leveraging all CE resources, across Formula, Process, Package and/or Distribution
Experienced in processing across multiple product categories or have significant technical depth in a key process technology area.
Identify meaningful business opportunities through operations connections and engage cross-functional leaders and teams to drive project execution
Lead/Drive operational savings projects by working closely with cross-functional team members in production plants and operations team
Adapt and apply scientific principles to new situations/products and have a high degree of autonomy
Manage multiple assignments/research projects concurrently and possess the ability to prioritize between a variety of business initiatives
Mentor and coach team of developers in Cost Engineering focused on Operational Cost
Specification creation, improvement and updating, with attention to detail
Utilize strong knowledge of capital equipment process to coach others
BS/MS/PhD in Engineering, Food, Dairy, Meat, or Animal Science
Minimum 10 years in a Technical Function (which can include all graduate and/or internship work)
Expert understanding of food (can be specific to Meat, Dairy, Coffee, Nuts, Potatoes, etc.) chemistry, analytical testing, formulations used in food manufacturing
Expert understanding of food operations and equipment used in food manufacturing
Expert understanding of key subject matter in areas such as ingredient functionality, packaging materials, product processing and interrelationship of ingredients, process, and packaging
Excellent, proven communication, influencing, project/platform management and problem solving skills
Strong understanding of Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement principles & tools
Strong ability to lead, coach and motivate others
Manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to prioritize work for self and others.
Expert understanding of Design of Experiments, and ability to coach others in this area
Willingness to travel 30%
Glenview R&D Center
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity