General information

All posting locations: Southbank, Victoria, Australia

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 20-Oct-2022

Ref #: R-55716

Description & Requirements

About the Role

We have an excellent opportunity available for an experienced NPD Innovation Project Manager.  This role will be working in the Marketing PMO Team and is critical to delivering projects identified within the category strategies -including Brand Expansion- Breakthrough- ESG- Artwork- & Renovation initiatives on some iconic Australian & New Zealand Brands (Heinz- Wattie’s Whitlock’s & Plant Protein).

You will have ownership over implementing new products from concept to commercialization and launch- working closely with local and regional cross-functional teams- including R&D- Marketing- Operations- Procurement- Planning- Category + Sales- Finance- Logistics & Legal – to move effectively through our Stage & Gate process.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and deliver innovation- ESG- supply chain- projects on-time-in-full- and in line with gate-keeping guidelines- including effective troubleshooting- issue management- risk management and escalation throughout project lifecycle.
  • Support + influence portfolio priorities at concept stage to reduce complexity through collaboration with R&D- Marketing + Commercial teams
  • Build effective project plans that integrate into the broader Innovation Program- to track adherence to project milestone delivery 
  • Manage project teams- stakeholder relationships & keep key sponsors informed on project requirements- progress + risks
  • Ability to navigate a problem- gather and synthesis relevant information to draw conclusions and build recommendations.
  • Effectively provide both verbally + written updates to project & PMO team and senior leadership teams on project status- risks + implications and proposed solutions.

About You

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business- Marketing- or related discipline
  • 2+ years proven Project Management / Innovation NPD / R&D experience
  • Formal Project Management training or qualifications is desirable
  • 2+ years’ experience in the Food Industry will be advantageous
  • Experience in NPD Stage Gate- Project Management methods- tool and processes
  • Understanding of MS Project- Service Now & Agile systems preferred
  • Strong communicator with the ability to engage and influence stakeholders at various levels of the organization.
  • Motivated- self-directed and detail oriented with a hands-on mentality to get things done.
  • Able to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously & to develop priorities for self and members of project team.

Benefits Program

We empower our people to own their work- and it’s true our employees are our competitive advantage – so we take care of our Kraft Heinz family with our ‘Live Well’ benefits program:

  • Hybrid Working- flexibility around when and where you work
  • Gatherings - monthly drinks & nibbles- End of Year Celebration
  • Wellbeing - annual health checks & flu shots- onsite wellbeing sessions & webinars
  • Volunteering – volunteer days with Foodbank- meal packing events for our Global partner Rise Against Hunger
  • Parental Leave - 12 weeks paid parental leave for primary caregivers
  • In-house training programs - Access to our online learning platform- Ownerversity for continuous learning and development
  • Career Development - Opportunity to be mentored by excellent leaders and have on-the-job skill development and coaching
  • Cultural Leave - Two days paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of fulfilling or observing religious- ceremonial or culturally significant days

The Kraft Heinz Company Australia & New Zealand is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces- promotes and values diversity and inclusion. Research shows that candidates from underrepresented backgrounds hesitate to apply for roles if they feel they don’t meet 100% of the criteria. So- if this opportunity excites you and you think you have skills and experience that can add value (even if not specified)- please don’t hesitate to apply!


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.