General information

All posting locations: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Job Function: 05 - Marketing

Date Published: 05-Jan-2023

Ref #: R-65032

Description & Requirements

Are you ready to trailblaze a new way of working?  Lead some of the biggest innovations across Kraft Heinz? Create new capabilities that reimagine how we innovate? As part of Disruptive Innovation- you will be a part of building both what we bring to market and how we do it that will be game changers for Kraft Heinz and the food industry as a whole.

This Associate Brand Manager will sit in the Growth Office on the Disruptive Innovation team and be responsible for pioneering new agile innovation methodologies to bring consumer driven innovation to market. The Associate Brand Manager- Innovation will be a key member of a small- focused cross functional team to bring new products- new business models or new channels to life by developing and implementing agile in-market experiments in pursuit of scaling the launch.

This role requires a candidate that is a self-starter- strategic thinker- creative problem solver and driver of results.  This approach to disruptive innovation is new within the growth organization so the individual needs to be flexible- have a growth mindset- and be comfortable with ambiguity.  This role will require a high level of collaboration with the business units and cross functional team to develop the strategy and execute the launch.  This individual will support the end-to-end direction from creating the vision & pipeline- building out the product or business model- all the way through in-market experiments and ultimately launch. If you are ready to roll up your sleeves in this dynamic role- team- and space- we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities

  • Member of a dedicated Agile Pod team (5 person cross-functional team focused on launching new innovation)

  • Support key initiatives- including but not limited to: strategic vision- pipeline creation- development and execution for the proposition

  • Support a fit-to-win capability to build out and rethink how we innovate at Kraft Heinz

  • Develop and implement experiments to Test- Learn and Iterate solutions with consumers and retailers

  • Support test market launch and building plan to scale launch

  • Champion for Design Thinking and Scrum methodologies across KHC

  • Own the P&L- competitive analysis and retailer sell-in materials (in partnership with business unit)

Qualifications
 

  • Bachelor’s degree required- MBA preferred

  • 3+ years of experience in marketing for an established or startup CPG company

  • Consumer centric & growth mindset – learn fast vs. avoid failure

  • Prior or relevant experience working in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) & Innovation a plus

  • Experience with Design Thinking- Lean Start Up & Agile Teams (SCRUM) a plus

  • Experience in cross-functional team management; self confident individual who can work collaboratively

  • Strong personal motivation in fast-paced- often ambiguous environment- with a bias for action

  • Demonstrated ability to influence teams and experience managing multiple stakeholders

  • Strong “big picture” perspective- while also delivering the innovation initiative at hand

  • Outstanding verbal- written and interpersonal communications skills to internal/external partners

  • Excellent strategic and analytical skills; ability to leverage syndicated data sources to assess competitive space- bringing forth insights and recommendations to integrate into overall strategy

  • Ability to simplify complex problems and make decisions quickly in pursuit of constant forward progress

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

  • Understanding of Financial P&L

About Us

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. 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.

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 and 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.

Vaccination & Office Collaboration Expectations

Our highest priority is always the health, wellbeing, and safety of our Kraft Heinz family. We require our office-based, home-based, R&D, and sales team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless approved for a medical or religious accommodation.

We believe our office environment fuels our collaboration, connection & community as an organization and allows our employees to grow toward greatness. We also believe providing a more flexible and agile model is essential in today’s workplace. A majority of our office-based employees will be able to work remotely for up to two days each week. Additionally, employees who are subject to this hybrid model will be eligible to work from anywhere for up to six weeks in a rolling 12-month period (in maximum two-week increments and according to benefits and tax guidelines). Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in office depending on the role’s responsibilities and requirements.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for protected individuals, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact HRCompliance@kraftheinz.com for assistance.