General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 20-Jan-2023

Ref #: R-65649

Description & Requirements

This is a Research and Development (R&D) role leading product development and scale up of new to the world concepts in our Glenview- IL Kraft Heinz Innovation Center. The successful candidate will execute independent projects which demonstate proof of concept- develope prototypes- conduct technology scale up trials- validate technology in model systems and applications- conduct consumer testing- and recommend actions plans to commercialize technologies. This includes basic understanding of the business need- commercialization- designing and executing tests- analyzing data- drawing conclusions- documenting- and communicating results to both technical and non-technical audiences. Proven communication and collaboration skills are essential in this role.

The candidate must also have a proven strong technical background- leadership- intellectual curiosity- ability to think critically to apply prior knowledge and scientific principles to new situations- and project management skills.  The candidate will have also cross-functional team interaction with the scientific community/ecosystem outside of Kraft Heinz- internal marketing- R&D- procurement- finance- operations- quality- regulatory and manufacturing.  This position requires an individual to manage assignments/tasks with a moderate degree of autonomy.  Intellectual curiosity- ability to deal with ambiguity- and collaboration are a must.

KEY COMPONENTS OF THE ROLE:

  • Design- support- and execute benchtop and pilot plant trials- then summarize and translate results clearly for technical and non-technical teams

  • Adapt and apply scientific principles to new situations/products and have a moderate degree of autonomy

  • Demonstrate the willingness and ability to learn new product categories and/or processing/packaging areas

  • Proof of concept formulation and product development across multiple categories

  • Identify and communicate high level implications of proof of concept results in relation to financial impact- scale up risks- and timeline

  • Direct communication with suppliers and internal & external partners

  • Work with cross functional teams to lead and support projects from concept to commercialization- including Marketing- Operations- Quality- External Manufacturers- and Procurement

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B.S. degree in Food Science- Chemistry- Biology- Engineering- or related fields

  • Minimum of 2 years in technical function (which can include all graduate and/or internship work)

  • Product development and commercialization experience

  • Understanding of ingredient functionality and interrelationship of ingredients- process- and packaging

  • Strong critical thinking skills and ability to make connections to the big picture

  • Strong understanding of Design of Experiments- laboratory experimentation- scale up- and mathematical/data analysis skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication- interpersonal- and project management skills

  • Ability to build strong relationships and network

  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time'

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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 HRCompliance@kraftheinz.com for assistance.