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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!

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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.

General information

All posting locations: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada

Job Function: 05 - Marketing

Department: 05 - 06 - Product / Brand Management

Date Published: 29-Sep-2021

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

Role Overview

Reporting into the VP of Brand & Innovation for Canada- the Associate Director- Brand Building & Innovation for Easy Meals Made Better (EMMB) & Beverage- Desert and Infant (BDI) will be responsible for delivering breakthrough brand marketing plans and a disruptive innovation pipeline to transform key brands like KD- Crave- PurGrains & Maxwell House and others. You will also be a key player in driving the strategic growth planning efforts of our brands to deliver short and long-term brand health- household penetration- revenue- profit and share targets in line with company objectives.  As a natural story-teller- you will communicate the strategic vision for your portfolio to your key stakeholders in leadership- your cross-functional team including R&D- Business Development- Insights- and Category teams and navigate internal processes by influencing and inspiring them with your passion and excitement for your portfolio of brands.

Responsibilities:

  • Translate business situation and brand objectives into consumer-focused strategy including marketing strategic framework and brand foundations to drive brand equity and share
  • Build insight driven marketing briefs working collaboratively with Consumer Insights & partners
  • Work collaboratively with Consumer Insights Team and agencies to align on consumer centric creative ideas- integrated communication plans- through to creative & media execution
  •  Evaluate performance of strategy and executions to understand their effectiveness in meeting objectives and adjust as necessary
  • Build strong partnerships with internal teams (Global counterparts- Consumer Insights- R&D- Operations- Category- Sales and Finance) along with external agency partners to leverage the power of a strong multi-faceted team
  • Bring bold- non-traditional thinking to creative development- production and omni channel activation to optimize effectiveness and make a significant impact in the consumer environment
  • Lead creation and oversee development of 3-5 year long term innovation pipeline strategy focused on platform ideas that deliver revenue and profit targets from insight to strategy and concept to commercialization
  • Enable and support cross-functional team through commercialization process to validate new product concepts- identify manufacturing approach- design product and packaging- determine pricing strategy- align stakeholders on financial feasibility (total business case) and support customer sell-in.
  • Drive and optimize innovation process culture through adherence to key innovation routines and rituals- Innovation Business Propositions alignment- Innovation Stage Gate process- Pipeline planning- Regular cross functional project team meetings etc.
  • Lead and coach a team

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of brand marketing and business experience (i.e. creation of brand strategy and annual operating plans- commercialization of new product launches- understanding of business/category levers (4Ps)- owning agency relationships and creative direction- coaching and developing teams)
  • Demonstrated leadership- ownership- winning as a team and drive for results
  • Resiliency to deal with ambiguity and lead through change to disrupt
  • An undergraduate university degree in business is required- MBA is considered an asset
  • Proven experience in core brand building role at the portfolio level- managing large advertising and brand budgets ($18MM+) Strong experience leading a direct team and influencing/inspiring partners (both internal and external)  
  • Track record leading breakthrough innovation from ideation to execution & developing robust pipeline strategies
  • Experience turning ideas into reality- working with multiple fluid team structures requiring trust- integrity- influence & a solutions-oriented mindset
  • Highly creative- superior communications and collaboration skills- including verbal- written and presentation working both internally and externally
  • Strong passion for and understanding of consumer behaviour and motivations
  • Proven analytical skills - gathers critical data- translates analysis of an opportunity to resulting volume and financial goals- develops POV and recommendation with ability to simplify
  • Strong understanding of the P&L


About The Kraft Heinz Company

The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world- with eight $1 billion+ brands. A globally trusted producer of delicious foods- The Kraft Heinz Company provides high quality- great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether at home- in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s iconic brands include KraftHeinz- ABC- Capri SunClassicoJell-OKool-Aid- Lunchables- Maxwell House- Ore-Ida- Oscar Mayer- Philadelphia- Planters- PlasmonQuero- Weight Watchers Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people- our planet and our Company. For more information- visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.

The Kraft Heinz Company is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Job seekers with disabilities who require accommodation during the recruitment process or would like more details about accessibility should contact: accessibility@kraftheinzcompany.com. 

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