General information

All posting locations: Glenview, Illinois, United States of America, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 17-Jan-2023

Ref #: R-65492

Description & Requirements

Are you ready for a challenging and unique type of R&D role? This position is a strategic leadership role on the Agile Disruption Innovation R&D team- overseeing R&D on pods that deliver against our biggest bets as a company. In this role- the individual will be challenged to build Kraft Heinz capabilities through quickly identifying and delivering growth opportunities with our strategic customers.  They will work collaboratively with the Agile Disruptive Innovation Leadership Team to develop strategic plans on next generation pods- building external networks and bringing in best in class agile capabilities into the organization

This individual will oversee R&D for small cross-functional team (“pod”) where collaboration- trust- and ownership drive the team forward while championing the Agile At Scale process at Kraft Heinz.

This leader will leverage their experience to coach teams on matters related to package and product development- process development- and operations. They will work collaboratively with functional experts (Product R&D- Regulatory- Food Safety- etc) to develop new fit for purpose ways of working. They will provide technical leadership in all phases of the project- including initial feasibility assessments- all aspects of development from prototyping to plant trials- and lastly- commercialization readiness for market launch.

In addition to this leader’s technical depth- they will extend their influence with the team by contributing to other aspects of the project in areas related to consumer insights- customer partnerships- marketing- and financial viability. 

This is a people manager role with significant leadership opportunities through organizational influence and partnership with internal and external functional partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage team of pod leads- packaging and product developers to deliver KHCs biggest bet innovations

  • Embrace Agile WOW- implement Agile @ Scale playbook- provide feedback on developing process

  • Lead strategic development of next generation pods and external development networks

  • Lead cross functional workstreams to deliver fit for purpose practices (quality- regulatory- legal- sales- etc.)

  • Coach teams to scale product for test market launch and associated in-market validation (feasibility tests- specifications- supply chain)

  • Coordinate hand off to BU for national launch

  • Champion Agile WOW to all R&D

Qualifications / Skillsets Required to be Successful

  • Experience or desire to learn and apply Agile ways of working

  • Strong executional drive to test and learn

  • Demonstrated skill of agile decision making

  • Extensive experience on the full commercialization process. Knowledge of the commercialization requirements- ability to identify risks and develop creative solutions to deliver end results (7+ years)

  • Strong internal network for consultation (Quality- Food Safety- Operations- Processing)

  • Strong cross functional collaboration skills accompanied with individual ownership/accountability

  • Ability to influence cross functional stakeholders to evolve ways of working (stakeholders include Procurement- Legal- FSQ- S&D leads- BU R&D heads)

  • Openness to think and do things differently

  • Growth mindset- model lifelong curiosity and learning

  • Willingness to take risk

Experiences Gained in This Role

  • Agile WOW: Design Thinking- Lean Startup- and Sprint frameworks

  • Cross-functional partnership and collaboration

  • Consumer insights- data synthesis- target consumer development

  • Iterative solution development with consumer-based experimentation

  • Comfortable in being uncomfortable

  • Creative problem solving

  • Defining the destination


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 for assistance.