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 position will support the Canada Zone based in Glenview, IL. The primary responsibility of this position is to lead the Nutrition Label Reform initiative for Canada, and involves strategy, specification leadership and contractor management. This includes being the point of liaison between product developers, specification managers and analysts, suppliers, quality, marketing, regulatory and food safety for the creation of the specification, designing and executing specification building plans, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting and communicating results. Communication and organizational skills are essential in this role, which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment. 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 and tasks concurrently with moderate levels of supervisor guidance. Exhibiting a collaborative mindset and applying ownership are a must.
The candidate will interact with suppliers on a day to day basis to obtain nutritional information and will incorporate into our specification system.
Candidate will be required to execute and lead others to execute specification development from raw and packaging materials, product formulations, packaging specs and configurations. Requires knowledge of Agile GSM and NPD
Must maintain/repair/own raw material, product and formula specifications and lead specification creation initiatives that deliver consistent, high-quality products.
Maintain a strong, effective relationship with the Spec analysts, Spec managers, Regulatory, Food Safety, Marketing and Sales teams.
Be an expert in managing and maintaining specifications and communicate best practices to the Canada R&D.
Support product developers on specification initiatives to ensure speed to market.
Support general brand maintenance to ensure business continuity across multiple categories as needed.
Interact with Operations, US Business Units, Quality, Regulatory, Specification team, Sales and Marketing on an as needed basis to drive effective results.
Interface with all related technical experts and category scientists to maintain specifications.
Manage technical timelines, provide clear and timely communication, raise issues and risks, and develop contingency plans leveraging strong management skills.
Maintain technical documentation.
Be highly organized and result-driven.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience- Food Science, Food Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Life Sciences or related fields
2-5 year experience in maintaining raw material, formula and product specifications and project leadership
Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Self-motivated problem solver and has the drive to deliver objectives in a complex environment.
Ability to establish contact with key positions within the company and in external network
Ability to inquire and solve problematic situations
Self-sufficient for finding adequate resources and meet expectations
Ability to plan, 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 processes quickly
Assignment has possibility of an extension beyond the 6 months
Requires knowledge of Agile GSM and NPD
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 .
Glenview R&D Center
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