General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 03-Apr-2024

Ref #: R-81099

Description & Requirements

This role undertakes Research & Development to deliver new and optimized food products, meets business objectives and delivers to consumer expectation in regards to quality, safety and preference. You would need to perform assigned tasks in accordance with all KraftHeinz Food Safety, Environmental, Health & Safety, Ethical and Human Resources policies, programs and goals. 

Note: this is a 12 month fixed term contract with the potential to extend or grow within the business!


  • Development of new and renovation of existing products and processes to deliver NPD, cost saving, ESG and quality improvement projects.This includes activities such as feasibility assessments, prototype development, costing, supervision of factory trials, recipe and label development, sensory testing, 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.
  • Drive growth and cost-saving opportunities for relevant business categories using commercial acumen and specific category knowledge.
  • Provide technical support to Manufacturing, and Procurement
  • Provide technical guidance and input to QRMP and other business quality programs.

About you:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Food Technology or Food Sciences
  • Previous experience in NPD in the Food industry
  • Computer skills and proficiency using Microsoft Office suite
  • Understanding of FSANZ Food Standards code and food labelling requirements
  • Understanding of interactions between ingredients, additives, recipes, processes and packaging types

About us:

  • Access to staff sales for all your favourite goodies
  • Opportunities for you to progress into other areas of our business
  • Staff parking
  • In House Training Programs
  • Corporate Discount Programs & Novated Leasing – Utilize a range of discount programs (gym membership, health insurance, banking) depending on location.


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.