General information

All posting locations: Glenview, Illinois, United States of America

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 05-Jan-2023

Ref #: R-65038

Description & Requirements

Are you ready for a challenging and unique type of R&D role? This position is a Scientist- Product Developer on the Agile Disruption Innovation R&D team- where the individual will be challenged to immerse themselves with the consumer and develop new disruptive food-based solutions. This individual will work with one or two small cross-functional teams (“pods”) where collaboration- trust- and ownership drive the team forward while engaging in the Agile @ Scale framework at Kraft Heinz.

As a Scientist- you will be a critical part of the Build and In-Market Validation Phases of the project where promising disruptive concepts are brought to life. You will collaborate with the cross-functional Core Pod Team to understand the key design principles and guardrails to incorporate into the product design. Iterative development will begin with scrappy prototypes and benchtop experiments with promising solutions progressing through pilot plant and factory scale-up. While working with the R&D Technical Lead for sprint-to-sprint activities- Product Developers will have a clear line of ownership and accountability for specific technical workstreams with significant influence over solution development. Success is measured by validating consumer behavior and quantitative metrics across Desirability- Feasibility- and Viability OKRs.

In addition to this Scientist’s technical contributions- they will also support cross-functional aspects of the project in areas related to consumer insights- marketing- and financial viability. 

This is an individual contributor role with leadership opportunities through organizational influence and partnership with internal technical functional partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with R&D Technical Lead to prioritize product development tasks

  • Lead execution of formulation and process development along identified workstreams

  • Explore and evaluate potential suppliers and development partners

  • Complete rapid prototyping and iterative solution development that achieve design principles

  • Innovate within Procurement- Legal- Food Safety and Quality project guardrails

  • Scale promising solutions through pilot plant and plant trials

  • Embrace Agile WOW and Agile @ Scale playbook- provide feedback on developing process

  • Support cross-functional project workstreams as needed

  • Contribute to required technical documentation

Qualifications / Skillsets Required to be Successful

  • Desire to learn and apply Agile Ways Of Working

  • Demonstrated competency within the commercialization process- including multiple aspects of product development: POs- Specifications- HACCP- DSA- etc.  (2+ years)

  • Strong drive for results- willingness to experiment- and values progress over perfection

  • Comfortable operating with mid-high levels of autonomy

  • Openness to think and do things differently

  • Growth mindset- model lifelong curiosity and learning

  • Willingness to take risk

Experiences Gained in This Role

  • Agile WOW: Design Thinking- Lean Startup- and Sprint frameworks

  • Cross-functional partnership and collaboration

  • Iterative solution development with consumer-based experimentation

  • Creative problem solving and rapid prototype development

  • Comfortable in being uncomfortable


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.

Vaccination & Office Collaboration Expectations

Our highest priority is always the health, wellbeing, and safety of our Kraft Heinz family. We require our office-based, home-based, R&D, and sales team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless approved for a medical or religious accommodation.

We believe our office environment fuels our collaboration, connection & community as an organization and allows our employees to grow toward greatness. We also believe providing a more flexible and agile model is essential in today’s workplace. A majority of our office-based employees will be able to work remotely for up to two days each week. Additionally, employees who are subject to this hybrid model will be eligible to work from anywhere for up to six weeks in a rolling 12-month period (in maximum two-week increments and according to benefits and tax guidelines). Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in office depending on the role’s responsibilities and requirements.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for protected individuals, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.