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.
Role / Title
This is a Center Research-based technical leadership role providing leadership for the identification of process technology driven projects and platforms, and the feasibility evaluation & scale-up of said technology across anyone of our North American businesses. The candidate will be identifying, scoping and/or driving technical projects to meet strategic business initiatives, as well as coaching junior developers leading technical projects. This candidate should have a proven record of process development 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 process. Proven communication, leadership and teamwork skills are essential in this role, which operates in a cross-functional environment with global connectivity. 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 process technology, leveraging resources, across R&D, external partners and/or operations.
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 feasibility and scale-up of process advancements and/or novel technology with cross-functional team members in R&D 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
Support and drive development of short, mid and long term technology strategy and roadmap.
Mentor and coach team of developers in process development across total R&D
Utilize technical expertise to influence cross-functional decisions
PDS and 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