General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 06-Sep-2023

Ref #: R-74339

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

Description & Requirements

Are you an innovative food scientist with a robust background in product development and commercialization?  We are seeking a dynamic Technical Lead to join our Meals R&D team.

In this role- you will be tasked with tapping into consumer trends & insights- identifying technology to support strategic needs- as well as driving R&D-led strategies to ensure measurable results. 

You will also apply your expertise to propel the pipeline by creating prototypes and identifying manufacturing processes/locations for our technically challenging projects. 



Key Responsibilities: 

  • Technical Expertise: Create and drive R&D-led strategies that accelerate the Meals Innovation Pipeline and bring ideas to life including gauging feasibility- developing prototypes- identifying manufacturing processes/locations for our technically challenging projects. 
  • Technical Expertise: Utilize your strong technical background to predict future business needs and opportunities- spearhead the discovery of tech unlocks- develop a technology strategy- create a mid-long term implementation roadmap- and generate KHC-owned IP.
  • Technology Partnerships: Establish and maintain relationships with suppliers- technology partners- universities- research institutes- and start-ups to drive technology pathways and discover tech unlocks that align with our platform objectives. 
  • Project Management: Leads development and execution across multiple projects of high technical complexity for the Meals BU
  • Mentorship: Act as a technical mentor for junior developers and collaborate on projects that require problem-solving expertise. 
  • Champion an innovation mindset and exhibit influence on the cross functional partners
  • Prioritization across several categories- brands- and business initiatives.


  • Extensive R&D experience encompassing project management- technical expertise- and food science knowledge.  Frozen and Shelf Stable packaged goods experience preferred.
  • BS in Food Science- Chemical Engineering- Biochemistry- Microbiology- Agricultural Science with minimum of 7 years of experience successfully commercializing products end-to-end in the food or CPG industry or minimum 5 years’ experience with Master’s Degree.
  • People leadership experience (direct or indirect) of at least 5 years is preferred.
  • Experience delivering consumer centric- innovative solutions.
  • Extensive external network of suppliers and food manufacturers
  • Demonstrated ability to influence- manage projects/people- and solve problems effectively. 
  • Enjoys the Mentorship of junior scientists through hands on work experience and collaboration
  • Brings an entrepreneurial spirit and growth mindset
  • Able to discover- develop and transfer new technology to/from KHC
  • Travel: Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time. 



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