General information

All posting locations: Nijmegen, , Netherlands

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 15-Sep-2023

Ref #: R-74653

Description & Requirements

Job Title: Senior R&D Technologist

Location: Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

About the Position

We have an excellent opportunity available for a Senior R&D Technologist to make a difference in our R&D organization in Kraft Heinz. This position lies within the International Product Development team. You’ll be working in a high performing team- alongside peers always trying to reach the next level. You’ll be reporting to the R&D Core Growth Manager Taste Elevation- International. This role communicates very strongly with internal senior team members.

In brief- you will be responsible for;

  • Partnering with cross functional teams across the International Zone in strategy discussion- connecting on the R&D agenda for our long term vision.
  • Leading technically large and/or high complex projects through company process- partnering with across functional team.
  • Leading product portfolio management- translating consumers’ needs into meaningful business opportunities.
  • Setting a R&D roadmap/ JTBD in your area of remit to drive innovation / renovation / value creation initiatives.
  • Collaborating with BU R&D teams- supporting IZ pipeline deployment and using IZ capabilities.
  • Ensuring connection between category strategy and Technology platforms and related future proof enablers.
  • Coaching and mentoring product technologists.
  • Managing budgets for projects & platforms and coordinating resources.


  • MSc (required) in Food Science &Technology (or equivalent in related field as Biology- Chemistry- Engineering).
  • 6-8 years of experience in Product Development in Food industry (expertise in sauces category is preferable).
  • Proven experience working in international and complex / matrix organization.
  • Ability to deal with complex projects and build effective partnerships with other functions.
  • Consumer & customer focused.
  • Ability to translate science & technology in consumers solutions- strategic thinking.
  • Creative & energetic- flexible & pragmatic- resilient.
  • Strong communication skills- influencing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent communication in English.

Professional Attributes

  • Great teammate.
  • Fast integration in the team. High performance team mentality. You connect easily with people and feel motivated by international environment and experience different cultures.
  • Ability to Simplify.
  • Your ability to simplify and pragmatism will be highly appreciated- as your capability to translate complex data into a simple solution with your analytical mindset.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Lead multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to question the priority of work. Willing to work in a high pressure but rewarding environment.
  • Possess strong technical functional skills- champion in with routines- processes- WoW- methodologies; suggest changes and improvements.
  • Proven ability to influence stakeholders.
  • Can work independently with a high degree of autonomy and ownership- open to give coaching and bring people along the journey.

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;
  • A competitive salary and excellent bonus structure (above market);
  • Reimbursed travel expenses;
  • Always room for new ideas; if you have an excellent idea- please let us know and we can set it in action!
  • Hybrid working (3/2)

Inclusion matters to us

Everyone is welcome at our table. In fact- we thrive on learning and growing from our diverse group of backgrounds and perspectives.

Doesn’t matter who you are- where you’re from- or who makes your heart sing. We want you to show up as your authentic self- excited to work with amazing colleagues to solve complex challenges and innovate in an ever-changing industry.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race- religion- colour- national origin- sex- gender- gender expression- sexual orientation- age- marital status- veteran status- or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process- to perform essential job functions- and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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.