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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.

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General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 03 - Packaging Development

Date Published: 14-Jan-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

About the role:

In this role you will be the R&D Technical Lead in the Petfood Cluster area managing NPD Innovation projects- Ingredient Supply continuity and Value Engineering project execution.


  • Execute R&D NPD Innovation projects that are identified by the commercial cluster across Retail- Export- Private Label and Export Business.
  • Support in the development in petfood artwork and substantiating claims
  • Support & guide technologist in other petfood projects
  • Collaborate with Massey University in development / advising on nutritional claims in petfood projects. Along with working on palatability testing on new formulations and AAFCO testing.  
  • Stay abreast of all relevant animal nutrition guidelines e.g. AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) Cat and dog Nutrition profiles or FEDIAF and ensure products comply with the relevant legal standards
  • Work with relevant contracted third parties to ensure a well-established Petfood research program (e.g. the Massey University Feline and Canine Units)
  • Advise marketing- legal- quality and operations of any nutritional policy changes to ensure the business remains compliant with all relevant animal nutrition regulations and standards


  • Support site in technical investigations from quality- processing or formulation related issues.  
  • Share technical knowledge with wider team.
  • Support in upskilling Petfood Pilot Plant

Value Engineering

Execute R&D Value Engineering in identified Value Engineering opportunities across Formula- Process- Package and/or Distribution.

Supply Continuity

  • Maintaining supply continuity of our core products- as a result of ingredient short falls and/or substitutions.
  • Responsible for managing- negotiating and allocating resources to ensure delivery of

     Supply continuity of core products (due to ingredient shortfalls)

About you:

  • Tertiary qualification in Engineering (Process- Chemical or Mechanical) Food Technology/Science.
  • Petfood Manufacturing/ Nutrition Experience
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in a Research and Development in the Food industry. 
  • Familiarity with and ability to work within manufacturing and Pilot Plant environment.
  • Computer skills including Excel- Word- Project Management tools- PowerPoint and key board skills.
  • Understanding of the FSANZ Food Standards code and NZPFMA Pet Food Labelling Guidelines. and food labelling requirements.  
  • Understanding of interactions between ingredients- additives- recipes- processes and packaging types.

Benefits program:

We empower our people to own their work- and it’s true our employees are our competitive advantage – so we take care of our Kraft Heinz family with our ‘Live Well’ benefits program:

  • Hybrid Working- flexibility around when and where you work
  • Free Food - our kitchen is fully stocked with our products for you to enjoy!
  • Gatherings - monthly drinks & nibbles- End of Year Celebration
  • Wellbeing - annual health checks & flu shots- onsite wellbeing sessions & webinars
  • Volunteering – volunteer days with Foodbank- meal packing events for our Global partner Rise Against Hunger
  • Keeping Fit – join our Run Club and sign up for discounted gym memberships & classes
  • Purchase Leave – purchase additional annual leave at the beginning of each calendar year
  • Parental Leave - 12 weeks paid parental leave for primary caregivers

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!


Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity