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 Product Development position will support the Canada Zone Food Service category, be based in Glenvew, Illinois and work on brands such as Kraft, Heinz, Jell-O, Capri Sun, P’tit Quebec, etc. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide technical leadership for Food Service product development (such as sauces, dessert, cheese, soups, meals) and to identify and commercialize technologies to advance growth and quality objectives and ensure business continuity for Kraft Heinz.
The candidate will be scoping and executing technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on New Product Development. This includes designing and executing tests, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting, communicating results, and commercializing products. Communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role, which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment with partners in Marketing, Operations, R&D, Sales, Procurement, Finance, Supply Chain, external ingredient/product suppliers, co-manufactures and business partners. The candidate must also have a 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 with some supervisor guidance. The candidate is expected to lead his or her projects and exhibit a collaborative mindset to apply innovative solutions
The candidate will independently lead product development projects from formulation through scale up and start up.
Be the technical contact for the Canadian Food Service cheese and soup sector and maintain a strong network with our key business partners. The position also requires knowledge in categories such as processed cheese and soups.
Support extended cross functional team on initiatives to ensure speed to market.
Act as a R&D point person for the manufacturing plant and assist plant Operations with trouble shooting, design and/or product quality related issues. Support general brand maintenance to ensure business continuity across multipole categories as needed.
Interact with Operations, Center R&D, US Business Units, equipment vendors, Quality, Regulatory, Finance and Marketing on an as needed basis to drive effective results.
Interface with all related technical experts and US category scientists to understand technologies and applications.
Manage technical timelines, provide clear and timely communication, raise issues and risks, and develop contingency plans leveraging strong project management skills
Monitor emerging trends and competitive activities in their categories of responsibility.
Conduct appropriate testing and develop recommendations/contingency plans based on findings.
Assist in scoping “fuzzy” front innovation ideas and participate/influence ideation sessions.
Conduct lab tests, pilot plant and large scale tests within manufacturing facilities to optimize formulation and/or process.
Write specifications that deliver consistent, high-quality products.
Maintain technical documentation.
Be a big dreamer.
Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s is a Plus) - Food Science, Food Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Life Sciences or related fields
Minimum 4+ years Product Development Experience (on cheese and/or soups preferred) which require both formulation, packaging, and process to create.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment and effective manage direct reports.
Understanding of ingredient interactions/functionality.
Executional excellence and personal leadership.
Self-motivated problem solver and the drive to deliver objectives in a complex environment.
The ability to plan, put together well thought out design of experiments, anticipate next steps and incorporate course corrections when hurdles appear.
Excellent verbal and written communication
Executional excellence, personal leadership and customer focus a must
Ability to learn new products and processes quickly
Willing to Travel up to 15%. Travel could include (but not limited to): within United States and Canada to internal plants, co-manufacturers, and suppliers.
Kraft Heinz is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will be considered for the MBA opportunities, regardless of race, religion, faith, creed, age, ethnicity, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Job seekers with disabilities who require accommodation during the recruitment process or would like more details about accessibility should contact: email@example.com .
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