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.

General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 04 - Product Development

Date Published: 15-May-2020

Job Type: Regular

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!


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