General information

All posting locations: Nijmegen, , Netherlands

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 17-Mar-2023

Ref #: R-67867

Description & Requirements

About the Position

We have an exciting opportunity available for a R&D Product Development Specialist to make a difference in our R&D organization in Kraft Heinz. This position lies within the Continental Europe First Food R&D team- reporting to the First Food Manager. 

Get ready for working in International team- as proactive contributor- getting projects delivered and collaborating with internal and external partners. The job holder will work in a multi-functional team and will effectively collaborate across functions. 

Main Responsibilities

  • Introduction of new products and processes within factories. Collaborate and influence internal and external project teams (Teams are made up of R&D Product- Packaging and Process- Project Managers- Marketing- Quality- Regulatory- Engineering- Factories- Co-Manufacturing- Procurement- and Supply Chain- etc.) to develop- industrialize- and launch Innovation- Renovation- Value Creation and Supply Chain projects.
  • Design- plan and execute the development steps (e.g. kitchen- pilot plant- and internal/external factory) for new products according to the objectives- costs and deadlines. This includes establishing and managing timelines- uncovering roadblocks- defining critical paths- and identifying resource constraints.
  • Partner with Marketing to define the strategy- generate ideas and concepts within the supported product category
  • Collaborate with International R&D team to influence the technology program to get future proof technical enablers needed for the supported product categories.
  • Connect with Intl. BUs (especially Northern Europe) for projects harmonies and knowledge/best methodology sharing.


Hard Skills 

  • Master’s degree in Food Science &Technology (or equivalent in related field as Biology- Chemistry- Engineering)
  • Preferably 2-3 years of experience in food companies and product development.
  • Ability to understand science & technology and translate in products solution- data driven decision maker
  • Consumer focus- curious about trends and food innovations
  • Strong proficiency in English 

Professional Attributes

  • Team player - Achieving results is nice- but achieving results with the team is simply the best. Being a standout colleague means you’re sometimes a leader- sometimes a follower but always working towards the same common goal together with your teammates.
  • Ability to Simplify - We like to keep it simple. And to implement fast. Your simplification skills will be highly appreciated- when providing simple solutions dealing with sophisticated challenges.
  •  Communication Skills - People are easily be exposed to senior management- no matter their level. Therefore- it’s important to have excellent interpersonal skills- to take care of all kinds of different collaborators.
  • Curiosity- positivity & passion - You’re curious- positive and enthusiastic. People know you as the driver of the team.

What we offer you

  •  An ambitious employer; we only want to the best for you

  • A fast career track like only few other companies can match
  • Hybrid working policy; 3 days office- 2 days home office
  • Permanent contract; for we believe in doing big bets on people
  • Always room for new ideas; if you have an innovative idea- please let us know- and we can set it in action!

Our Hiring Process

After the application and CV screening- you are invited to complete our Cognitive Assessment and will have an introductory telephone call with the Talent Acquisition Team. If positive- you will interview with:

1. HR Business Partner and First Food Manager

2. R&D Director

3. All positive? Job offer!

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.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes.