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.
Manage scoping and sourcing of $50MM+ annually of new products produced at external manufacturers in the US market under brands including Kraft Mac and Cheese, Planters, Lunchables and Ore-Ida for the Kids, Snacks and Beverages (KSB) Business Unit
Identify and assess potential new external manufacturing partners for business viability including financial, quality, and product manufacturing feasibility
Manage the long-term innovation pipeline in partnership with the business to ensure the external manufacturing portfolio is supportive of capacity and capability and we are investing with the right partners
Negotiate contracts with suppliers ensuring the most optimal terms and conditions without compromising service or quality while closely partnering with internal Legal team.
Lead internal contracts approvals process within Kraft Heinz leadership team and defend contract terms and strategy as needed.
Partner with the business teams to create appropriate project timelines that support successful project launch
Build and share knowledge of manufacturing process and external manufacturing capabilities for a variety of food and beverage categories applicable to Business Unit categories.
Execute the strategic sourcing process including market and industry analysis, supplier research and review, category and supplier segmentation, sourcing events, analysis, negotiations, contracting and implementation
Establish trust and build effective business relationships with internal stakeholders and external vendors for short and long-term partnership
Identify alternative supply options and value engineering opportunities for ongoing business support and help develop cost savings opportunities within portfolio
Strong written, verbal and presentation communication skills
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Operations, or Supply Chain
1-3 years experience in direct procurement, project management or operations related role. Commercialization and CPG experience a plus.
Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with other driven stakeholders
Robust analytical skills and no issues working with complex financial data
Demonstrated ability to manage cross functional projects with varying levels of complexity
Negotiation and business relationship management skills
Understanding of the components of a legal contract, preferably with experience negotiating commercial and financial terms in a prior role
Preferable to have knowledge or experience in food or beverage manufacturing process
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity