General information

All posting locations: London, , United Kingdom

Job Function: 05 - Marketing

Date Published: 01-Feb-2023

Ref #: R-66163

Description & Requirements

About the Position

We have an amazing opportunity available for an experienced brand builder and all-round commercial leader to make a real difference at Kraft Heinz.

This position heads up the Northern Europe Taste Elevation (sauces and condiments) category- reporting into the CMO & Commercial Director NE- part of the Commercial Leadership Team and working alongside other Category Heads- and Heads of Media- Insights and Category Development.

It’s a role for someone who wants the opportunity to make their mark in a transforming business- who wants to be accountable for defining and delivering the category plans in collaboration with the wider team and cross functionally within a matrix organisation. You’ll be effectively a mini-GM for your category- leading a close knit and high-reaching team who are striving to deliver the best for consumers and the business.

In brief- you will be responsible for;

  • Being the voice of the category internally and externally- engaging others in the vision for the business and setting in place clear priorities and deliverables for the team
  • Defining the long-term strategy for the category to deliver to the overall business ambitions and translating that into annual operating plans that deliver profitable growth
  • Embedding the brand vision and strategy at the heart of all category plans- from creating the long-term innovation pipeline- to commercial decision making and communications development
  • Being responsible for the commercial performance of the category through full P&L and portfolio management
  • Mentoring and coaching a diverse team covering marketing- commercial- finance and supply chain to deliver the day-to-day operational plans
  • Inspiring the sales team and retailers with compelling category strategies and plans aligned to deliver their growth ambitions


Hard Skills

  • Significant experience in FMCG brand building leadership positions with wide ranging skills in brand management and development
  • Demonstrable record of success and advancement in a commercial environment with proven understanding of category development- shopper marketing- consumer insights and innovation development and delivery
  • High financial and commercial acumen- P&L ownership- and experience in delivering Revenue Growth Management Plans
  • Strong command of data analysis and insight generation
  • Evidence of flexibility- agility and use of initiative to solve challenges

Professional Attributes

  • Leadership
    • Able to inspire- coach and support a passionate & diverse team across Marketing- Commercial/Category Development & Finance/Revenue Management towards one collective ambition & delivery.
  • Communication Skills
    • An experienced storyteller able to inspire and influence at all levels of the organization
  • Consumer and Customer Focus
    • Demonstrable passion for the consumer and genuine curiosity for the customer- thinking of innovative solutions to drive performance
  • Strategic Vision 
    • Proven experience in creating and deploying long term brand and business strategy
  • Problem Solver
    • Consistent track record of problem solving- taking on entrepreneurial challenges and simplifying the complex
  • Analytical & Intuitive
    • Able to translate complex data into meaningful insight with experience in using instinct and experience to drive decision making at pace
  • Relationship Builder
    • Works comfortably in a matrix organizational structure- building strong relationships across functions and geographies
  • Values & Results Driven
    • Always does what’s best for brand and business- makes tough decisions and strives for continuous improvement

What we offer you

  • An ambitious employer; we want the best for you;
  • Flexible working in a hybrid environment
  • A fast career track like only few other companies can match;
  • A competitive salary and excellent bonus structure (above market);
  • Opportunities for involvement in wider initiatives through business resource groups
  • Always room for new ideas; if you have an excellent idea- please let us know and we can set it in action!

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.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes.