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 is a role for someone who craves a global challenge balanced by the desire to be accountable for delivering against the model in the largest business unit for Kraft Heinz. It is both a strategic and a tactical position. Those that do not want to get their hands dirty or build out a function against a blank slate without buying pre-packaged solutions should not apply.
This Associate Director, HR – US Support functions role will drive all people activities, initiatives and programs in for the People & Performance, Transformation Office, Communications and Legal functions for the US Zone. The Associate Director, HR works under the general guidance of Head of P&P - Growth, E-Commerce & U.S. Corporate Functions, but is responsible for driving all people initiative across the function, including determining the optimal structure, talent pipeline and people strategies. This role dotted line reports to the People & Performance and Transformation Office functional heads.
This position’s primary focus will be on leading efforts around people development, talent pipeline, organization effectiveness, change management and driving cultural transformation; all of which contributes to achieving goals around people, cost, cash, and customer/supplier service. The position will support approximately 250 employees while driving HR initiatives and directly coaching & supporting functions’ people managers. The role will manage one individual contributor team members.
Acts as a coach & business partner to senior leaders, mid-level managers and employee s. Our People Function is a NON-TRADITIONAL HR, focusing on business priorities, driving our Culture, ensuring Meritocracy and never settling for average.
Talent Development –
Manage the performance management initiatives, driving high expectations with assigned client groups.
Ensure teams are appropriately trained on the overall talent process as well as methodology changes in order to facilitate robust calibration sessions.
Coach leaders on effective development planning, quarterly appraisal cycles, and continuous feedback and coaching throughout the year.
Lead succession planning efforts for leadership positions and critical roles throughout the functions
Staffing & Recruiting –
Engage with business leaders and hiring managers to drive staffing plans
Ensure hiring managers are properly trained on all talent acquisition processes and practices
Participate in interview and selection panels – the ability to assess talent, skill and knowledge gaps is key to hire for immediate and future needs
University Relations –
Partner with the University Relations team on the full-time and internship programs for both MBA and undergraduate hires.
Support the recruitment efforts for these programs
Assist in the training and development related to the function
Workforce Planning –
Work with leaders to proactively manage the staffing, movement and development of talent
Facilitate the movement of talent within and across functions.
Employee Relations –
Work with leaders and employees to actively manage and resolve performance issues proactively, minimizing any risk
Lead investigations and partner with Ethics & Compliance as needed
DRIVING CULTURE TRANSFORMATION
Culture Transformation –
Credible partner in driving cultural initiatives such as Management By Objectives (MBOs), Continuous Improvement and process mapping,
Ensure Meritocracy happens at all levels of the organization
Diversity & Inclusion –
Maximize D&I efforts across the organization
Influence leaders to ensure D&I is the foundation by which we live our values
Design Lean Organization and Simplification (structure, processes, systems) –
Continually work with and challenge current org structures in place in order to drive continuous improvement and efficiencies
Budget Management – own all people compensation costs for the designated business units/functions, including salary, bonus and social charges
Lead annual budget process for the designated business unit/function
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
Partner with Learning & Development Academy leaders on all initiatives for Finance, People & Performance and Legal
Drive employees participation in Ownerversity courses and in utilizing internal learning resources
Highly Ambitious, Intrinsically motivated, and always fighting to be the Best
HR Fundamentals –core knowledge of and ability to collaborate with all areas within HR such as talent acquisition, compensation, employee relations, benefits, L&D, etc.
Communication Skills – must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
Leadership Abilities – must be able to make difficult decisions and challenge leaders/managers/employees
Business Acumen – ability to understand business financials and how HR can impact
Influencing & Collaboration Skills – record of partnering at all levels in an organization to drive priorities
Change Management – success in leading change efforts in a matrix environment
Organizational Design/Organizational Effectiveness – ability to assess, design and recommend organization changes & simplification to structures
HR related experience in a process-driven environment
Proven ability and success in working in a matrixed organizational environment
8+ years of progressive Human Resource experience
Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
Influencing/aligning strategy around talent capability and behaviors
Track record of partnering at all levels in an organization to drive initiatives
Ability to assess, design and recommend organization changes
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity