General information

All posting locations: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Job Function: 16 - Digital

Date Published: 11-Oct-2023

Ref #: R-74830

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

Description & Requirements

The Associate Director, Annual Business Cycle requires a passion for transformation and someone that has a deep understanding of our business to come and challenge the status quo. This individual will own building and aligning the annual business cycle to deliver on key milestones for company and customers. Additionally, you will improve visibility on impacts of the business cycle and initiatives, & drive focused action through prioritization and tradeoffs by challenging the status quo to streamline and simplify our processes.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • People management responsibility for one direct report
  • Strong collaboration with cross functional partners (Strategy, finance, sales, growth etc) to build out the key milestones needed to deliver our 1 year plan
  • Working with internal partners to build in the dependencies of each deliverable to make sure the process works
  • Be a real business partner and understand struggles and tensions in our processes
  • Build out heat maps to really understand where the bottle necks will come and bring solutions to tackle
  • Challenge existing processes to bring simplification and remove bureaucracy


  • Demonstrated ability of working in commercial functions within a CPG environment such as sales or marketing for multiple business cycles; FMCG a plus
  • Proven ownership of business processes from end to end

Who you are:

  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Build and maintain effective partnerships across various functions across the organization
  • An Owner: Thrive in a "hands on" environment and "wear many hats” and build out a function against a blank slate without buying pre-packaged solutions or methodologies; Ability to demonstrate a high degree of independence, resiliency, motivation and leadership/ownership, with limited oversight
  • Project Management: Ability to plan, implement and close off multiple deliverables concurrently
  • Communicator: Communicate well across functions and levels of the organization to ensure teams are clear on results and changes
  • Strategic: Demonstrate creativity in approaching and solving problems, new and different ways to bring vision and structure to gray space, deep understanding of how the consumer thinks and behaves to generate insights, design thinking led research methodologies/techniques, to drive the business forward.
  • Influential: Influence at all levels of organization and work seamlessly with cross-functional teams to solutioning; Engagement and influence with the executive team and cross functional leaders
  • Impactful: Effect "so-what’s" by making concrete recommendations routed in fundamentals of marketing, business and the consumer. Showcase strong interpersonal and communication skills, pull disparate pieces of data together into a cohesive and compelling story

About Us

Kraft Heinz is a global food company with a delicious heritage. With iconic and emerging food and beverage brands around the world, we deliver the best taste, fun and quality to every meal table we touch. We’re on a mission to disrupt not only our own business, but the global food industry. A consumer obsession and unexpected partnerships fuel our progress as we drive innovation across every part of our company.

Around the world, our people are connected by a culture of ownership, agility and endless curiosity. We also believe in being good humans, who are working to improve our company, communities, and planet. We’re proud of where we’ve been – and even more thrilled about where we’re headed – as we nourish the world and lead the future of food.

Why Us

We grow our people to grow our business. We champion great people who bring ambition, curiosity, and high performance to the table as the guardians of our beloved and nostalgic brands. Good isn't good enough. We choose greatness every day by challenging the ordinary and making bold decisions. All while celebrating our wins - and our failures – as we work together to lead the future of food.

Challenging the status quo takes talent. We invest in your purpose and potential by developing skills and nurturing strengths that leave a legacy on our business and a lasting impact on your career. Because great people make great companies, and we’re growing something great here at Kraft Heinz.

Office Collaboration & Hybrid Work Environment

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 that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact