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.
Sr. Scientist, Food Safety - Laboratory Support
This role supports the implementation and execution of key food safety design analytical methods within the US and Canada Zones by leading execution of internal laboratory validation studies. Role includes reviewing and/or developing analytical methods needed to support food safety design and commercialization. The position provides HACCP plan support and validation support to Corporate Quality & Food Safety, as well as R&D.
There are two open positions available.
Key Components of the role
Conduct validation studies to evaluate and approve microbiological test methods (rapid and cultural) for the Kraft Heinz Laboratory network.
Organizes proficiency testing program and internal laboratory audit process for internal factories laboratories.
This role provides scientific and technical food safety support to US and Canadian business partners to ensure product safety and quality by participating in evaluation of analytical methods. Identify and communicate method related impacts on factory verification programs.
Support validation of designed HACCP preventive controls (Cooking, formulation, etc.) and assess validity of data obtained by others.
Work with Product Development/R&D to support design of food safety/quality controls, Design Safety Assessments (DSA), cooking instruction validations, and provide general product risk evaluations to the Business Unit.
Support design and execute challenge studies, shelf-life studies and validation studies to determine critical limits for critical processes. Partner with external institutions and business partners to update/maintain CCP models.
Remain current in scientific and regulatory principles of food safety to ensure most relevant information and emerging issues are identified and incorporated into Kraft Heinz food safety programs.
Master of Science degree in Food Science, Microbiology, or related field required. Ph.D. in Food Microbiology is preferred. Significant experience with Clostridium botulinum testing is preferred.
3-5 years of experience of relevant food safety or analytical science work
Prior HACCP certification preferred.
Knowledge and implementation of HACCP and Food Safety practices.
Experience with microbiology laboratory techniques and rapid test methods.
Awareness of quality systems/processes (ISO, Six Sigma etc.), especially ISO 17025 requirements.
Excellent communication skills (presentation, report writing, teaching/training).
Work experience in team-oriented functions as well as individual contribution.
Action oriented with good project management skills.
Travel requirements up to 20% a year.
Glenview R&D Center
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity