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.
We are looking for someone who has passion & displayed potential to understand what consumers say vs. what they really mean. Someone who is passionate about building brands and seeing the immediate impact of their efforts in market, who can lead and inspire teams (direct as well as up and cross-functional) to achieve what has not been achieved before. Someone who is not afraid of making mistakes as long as they are learning from them.
As Director, Innovation - ESA you will be responsible for strategizing in developing insightful new products and product evolution to meet consumer needs. This includes bringing alive your deep understanding of the consumer in the 3-5-year innovation pipeline for your platforms, focusing on bigger, bolder bets.
70% Innovation / 20% Renovation
Work collaboratively & creatively with the Consumer Insights team to create a deeper understanding of what consumers say vs. what they really mean. Leverage this understanding to identify relevant pain points or desired progress in life that our brands can help resolve.
Bring transformative, non-traditional thinking to 3 platforms by tweaking current brands and creating new whitespace brands.
Define & deliver validated long-term innovation strategy that solves critical pain points or brings desired progress to consumers’ lives while making a strong addition to revenue and profit.
Manage innovation through the Stage Gate process, and transition projects seamlessly to GM team for execution.
Ad hoc renovation work dependent on brand landscape
10% Stakeholder Management
Lead, coach and develop a direct report who can challenge the status quo, take big bets and act as an owner.
Create a pipeline of big bets and ensure stakeholder alignment at different stages of projects via leadership, US Growth Office, and cross-functional teams.
Build strong partnerships with all internal teams (Consumer Insights, R&D, Supply, Sales and Finance) and external agency partners (Creative, Media, PR, Design, Research etc.) to align everyone’s efforts towards a common goal.
Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business or related field; MBA preferred
10+ years of marketing experience covering various aspects of brand building
Strong business acumen and project management skills, with the heart of a marketer
Proven experience in core brand building role, managing large A&C budgets ($20MM+)
Proven track record leading breakthrough & disruptive innovation thinking
Proven knack of understanding consumers, separating insights from observations and leveraging them in day to day work
Strong leadership & stakeholder management up, down & across
Demonstrated drive for results and superior execution experience
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity