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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!

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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.

General information

All posting locations: Nijmegen, , Netherlands

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 05 - Product Research- Culinary

Date Published: 07-Sep-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

About the Position

We're looking for an experienced Quality & Laboratory professional- to bring innovative products to the market and to make Life Delicious at Kraft Heinz. The position is based at the International R&D center in Nijmegen and sits in the International Growth team. Within this role you’ll be working in a hard-working team- alongside peers always trying to reach the next level and will report into the International Process & Technology Director.

In your role you will be leading the R&D laboratory team- owning Quality in the Pilot Plant- validating the Innovation Factory products and supporting the delivery of new products/technologies to market. The job holder will work in a multi-functional environment and will effectively collaborate across functions.

The position will combine 2 main responsibilities: Management of the Laboratories and the Accountability of Pilot Plant Food Safety Assurance.

Main Responsibilities

  • Manage and lead the laboratory team. Be the knowledge base of the team and coach- train- lead & inspire the team by example.
  • Have a continuous improvement mentality and create opportunities to improve the teamwork.
  • Ensure Laboratories follow internal and external standards through Good Laboratory Practice. Provide and ensure the analytical planning and support for the Categories of Kraft Heinz International Innovation and renovation.
  • Maintain an innovative lab and develop the analytical capabilities: effective maintenance- new methodologies- up to date equipment- high service levels- training- and hands-on technical support.
  • Sustain and advise on scientific programs through analytical expertise for: Food related research- Nutritional claims- and Shelf-life Protocols.
  • Control the laboratory equipment- CAPEX- maintenance and consumables budget
  • Research Shelf-life modelling on Product and Packaging projects.
  • Partner within Kraft Heinz colleagues on Analytical capabilities- Global & International trainings- and protocols.

Pilot Plant Food Safety Assurance:

  • Promoting and Maintaining a Safe- Hygienic Working Environment to comply with HACCP.
  • Development- implementation and maintenance of the Quality Management System and the assurance that all products processed- packaged- stored- and distributed are produced in compliance with all Regulatory- Customer and Kraft Heinz requirements.
  • Be accountable for identifying non-conformities and the release of all product leaving the facility.
  • Strategic development and implementation of improvement plans to reduce risk of quality incidents at site.
  • Determining- negotiating- and agreeing on in-house quality procedures such as: Health & Safety- HACCP- Hygiene standards. Together with the FSQ (Food Safety & Quality) representatives to ensure all Kraft Heinz quality standards are maintained.
  • Define and maintain documentation of internal audits and quality assurance activities.

Qualifications

  • Master Degree in Food Safety & Quality/Food Science &Technology (or equivalent in related field such as Biology- Chemistry- Engineering).
  • Upwards of 5 years experience as QA Manager in a food company and experience managing a laboratory
  • Functional understanding of Food Science including: Foundational science- Ingredient functionality- Formulation- Product-process interaction- Nutrition/regulatory considerations.
  • Functional understanding of Food Safety & Quality including: Food safety- Microbiology requirements- Hygienic Design- Thermal validation- Cleaning validation- CIP optimization- HACCP.
  • Functional understanding of Food Chemistry including: Analytical applications in food- Analytical testing methods- Regulatory landscape- Ecosystem and partnerships in laboratory and food technology.
  • Language Knowledge: Fluent in English- other languages are a plus!

Professional Attributes

Passion for improving and proactive nature: Working in R&D always means looking for improving the status quo and for setting and delivering challenging targets.

Analytical: We’re a very data driven company. You know how to translate complex data into a simple solution with your analytical approach.

Teamwork: Achieving results is nice but achieving results with the team is simply the best. You’re a great teammate- which means you’re sometimes a leader- sometimes a follower but always working towards the same common goal together with your teammates.

Simplification: We like to keep it simple and deliver with speed. Your ability to simplify will be highly appreciated- when you provide simple solutions dealing with complex challenges.

Interpersonal Skills: At Kraft Heinz you’ll easily be exposed to senior management- no matter your level. Therefore- it’s important you have excellent communication skills- to deal with all kinds of different partners.

What we offer you

  • An ambitious employer: we only want to the best for you.
  • A career track like only few other companies can match.
  • A competitive salary and excellent bonus structure (above market)
  • A flexible- hybrid working environment (3 / 2 days)
  • Permanent contract: for we believe in doing big bets on people.
  • Reimbursement travel expenses.
  • Always room for new ideas; if you have an excellent idea- please let us know- and we can set it in action!

Location (s): Nijmegen- Kraft Heinz Innovation Centre

Inclusion matters to us

Everyone is welcome at our table. In fact- we thrive on learning and growing from our diverse group of backgrounds and perspectives.

Doesn’t matter who you are- where you’re from- or who makes your heart sing. We want you to show up as your authentic self- excited to work with amazing colleagues to solve complex challenges and innovate in an ever-changing industry.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race- religion- colour- national origin- sex- gender- gender expression- sexual orientation- age- marital status- veteran status- or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process- to perform essential job functions- and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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