Full Job Description
Kraft Heinz, The Company
As one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, we are proud to spark joy around mealtimes with a global portfolio of more than 200 brands. Some are iconic master brands like Heinz, Kraft and Planters. Others are fast growing new sensations that defy status quo like DEVOUR and Primal Kitchen. No matter the brand, we are united under one vision To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World . Bringing this vision to life are our 36,000+ teammates around the world, making food people love.
Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership and commitment with Rise Against Hunger. And we also stand committed to sustainability, and the health of our planet and its people.
Every day, we are transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you’re passionate like us - and ready to create the future, build on a storied legacy, and participate as a conscientious global citizen - there’s one thing to do join us.
Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration
We’re not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. It all comes down to the way we empower our people to own their work. It’s true Our employees are our competitive advantage.
As part of the Kraft Heinz family you’re supported to grow and achieve. You’re recognized and rewarded for outstanding performance at every level. You’re given the opportunity to leave your mark and build legacies. But you won’t do it alone. This is where our values and teamwork thrives and collaborative spirit fuels every day.
The Counsel, Global Patents position reports to Kraft Heinz’s Associate General Counsel, Global Patents, who leads the Global Legal Patent Team. This position will split time between Kraft Heinz’s R&D Center in Glenview, IL and the Aon Center in Chicago, IL. Some travel may be required.
Negotiate, draft, and review technology transactions for Kraft Heinz’s global R&D organization, managing outside counsel as necessary
Develop and implement comprehensive strategies to build Kraft Heinz’s global patent portfolio
Review prior art for white space opportunities in key technology areas for Kraft Heinz
Assist in the development and delivery of patent related trainings
Advise Kraft Heinz’s global R&D organization on patent preparation, patent procurement, and freedom to operate
4+ years of patent related legal experience, some in-house experience preferred
Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or a related science
Admission to practice before the USPTO
Experience providing day-to-day counseling for technology transactions and related legal matters
Experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications, including identifying strategies to strengthen global patent protection
Ability to work independently, assess risk, and identify creative solutions to difficult problems
Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Positive attitude and ability to interact effectively and professionally with third parties and stakeholders at all levels of the company
Juris Doctor degree from an accredited U.S. law school
Member of the Illinois State Bar in good standing or qualified to obtain either Admission on Motion pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705 or Limited Admission of House Counsel pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 716
Chicago/Aon Center, Glenview R&D Center
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity