General information

All posting locations: Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 15-May-2020

Ref #: R-27492

Description & Requirements

About the role

As a R&D Technologist- you will be responsible for consumer centric Research & Development on new and established meal products and processes to meet the business objectives.

  • Development of new and renovation of existing products and processes to deliver NPD- cost saving and quality improvement projects.
  • Includes activities such as feasibility assessments- prototype development- costing- supervision of factory trials- development of recipe and factory documentation- recipe and label development- technical approval- shelf life assessment and technical support for initial factory production
  • Provides technical leadership to drive project completion and adherence to business process in partnership with Marketing and other functions.
  • Influence and drive growth and cost-saving opportunities for relevant business categories using strong commercial acumen and specific category knowledge.
  • Stay abreast of all relevant nutrition guidelines

This position is based at our R&D facility in King Street- Hastings

About you

  • You will have a Tertiary qualification in relevant science/engineering field- preferably Food Technology.
  • Relevant experience and background in either product development- process improvement or quality. Ideally within a food manufacturing environment
  • You’ll be a natural at engaging and partnering with the business with the ability to work cross-functionally with ease
  • Organised and pro-active in your approach to work- your character is one that sees solutions not problems.
  • The ability to “make it happen” – from the planning to job completion including all the paperwork.
  • You’ll have a strong analytical capability with a passion for manipulating data
  • You’ll have a high attention to detail with a natural curiosity to asking questions

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 employees with our ‘Live Well’ benefits program:

  • Wellbeing – annual health checks & flu shots- wellbeing sessions & webinars
  • Volunteering – meal packing events for our Global partner Rise Against Hunger
  • Parental Leave - 12 weeks paid parental leave for primary caregivers

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces- promotes and values diversity and inclusion.

Bring your appetite for more!

As part of the Wattie’s brand- you’ll be working for one of New Zealand’s most loved food and beverage companies- boasting 35 brands and working across 37 categories.  Our offering is unique because Wattie’s is proudly part of the Kraft Heinz Company- so you get to enjoy the perks of a global organisation while working on a local iconic brand.

Applications close Friday 29 May. Applications may be reviewed and interviews conducted prior to the close date so don’t wait – apply now!


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.

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