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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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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-Jun-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

About the Role

The R&D Technologist will be responsible for undertaking Research and Development to deliver new and optimised food products in the Ready Meals area to meet our business objectives- ESG goals and to deliver to consumer expectation in regards to quality- safety and preference.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development of new and renovation of existing products and processes to deliver NPD- cost saving and quality improvement projects. This includes activities such as feasibility assessments- prototype development- costing- supervision of factory trials- recipe and label development- technical approval- shelf life assessment and technical support for initial factory production.
  • Provide technical leadership to drive project completion and adherence to business process in relationship with Marketing and other functions such as Manufacturing and Procurement
  • Drive growth and cost-saving opportunities for relevant business categories using commercial acumen and specific category knowledge.
  • Lead innovation projects that collaborate with multiple departments- and alongside our international zone

About You

  • Tertiary qualification in Science/Engineering- preferably in Food Technology
  • Experience in the food industry- preferably in product development
  • Experience in development of ready meals- convenience meals- heat & eat- or ready to eat would be beneficial
  • Knowledge of sensory analysis methodologies
  • Understanding of the FSANZ Food Standards code and food labelling requirements
  • Understanding of interactions between ingredients- additives- recipes- processes and packaging types
  • Experience in plant-based development and/or knowledge of plant based proteins would be advantageous
  • Understanding and high level of competence in all elements of the product development cycle including insight interpretation- ideation to concept development- technical feasibility- factory implementation and product launch

Benefits Program

We empower our people to own their work- and we believe that our employees are our competitive advantage.

  • Join a positive and innovative culture- where you are empowered to take ownership;
  • Access to our staff Food Shop- where you can purchase Watties products at staff prices;
  • Wellbeing – annual health checks & flu shots- wellbeing sessions and webinars;
  • Parental Leave – 12 weeks paid parental leave for primary caregiver.
  • 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

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!


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