General information

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

Job Function: 06 - Manufacturing

Date Published: 22-Sep-2023

Ref #: R-73242

Description & Requirements

Job Description:

This position is an individual contributor that will act as the Operations lead for One of Agile Disruptive Innovation pods.  In this role- the individual will be challenged to build Kraft Heinz external and internal supply chain solutions to support the innovation pipeline.  They will work collaboratively with the Agile Disruptive Innovation R&D- Marketing and Procurement teams to develop new disruptive food-based solutions.

This leader will leverage their experience on internal & external capabilities- capital funding approval processes- commercialization- and operational execution. They will work collaboratively with functional experts (Product R&D- Regulatory- Food Safety- Procurement etc.) to develop purpose new ways of working. They will provide supply chain leadership in all phases of the project- including initial feasibility assessment and be a critical part of the Build and In-Market Validation Phases of the project where promising disruptive concepts are brought to life.


  • Lead internal feasibility assessments and business case to support ADI team’s commercialization plans; define network capability (capacity/technology) and capital associated with developing such capability.

  • Lead commercialization effort for select ADI scale projects- platform innovation programs or significant capital related initiatives. Ensure effective team engagement which may include establishing and managing team meetings. Review project timelines and cost regularly with the project team- facilitate creation of mitigation/contingency plans and manage communication.

  • Lead technical and supply chain readiness to support ADI commercialization activity.  The individuals will lead using tools that prepare the supply chain and manufacturing facilities for successful start- ups for both growth and cost out initiatives (including manufacturing asset optimization).

  • Assess capacity needs for new business initiatives and growth plans across product life cycle. Develop and recommend solutions to provide optimal throughput while maximizing margin. Provide updates to leadership- project sponsors and stakeholders as needed on key initiatives- including progress against deliverables- cost management- next steps and needs from sponsors to alleviate hurdles.

  • Lead internal feasibility with Quality and Research and Development on initial scoping to ensure that the proper procedures and processes are followed and align to before any new business initiatives- growth plans or major capital improvements projects are initiated.

  • Support Business and Manufacturing Systems initiatives as required and support the continuous improvement of the commercialization process through collaboration with key stakeholders and best practice sharing.

  • Participation in various stakeholder governance forums (i.e.- Stage gate/Leadership teams)

  • Manage and develop with the collaboration with ADI marketing/sales the growth and innovation pipeline requests ensuring that proper financial and capability hurdles are properly met.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering- Operations Management- Food Science- Chemistry- or another related field
  • Minimum of 5 years combined experience in manufacturing- business development or HQ business team experience.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in Project Management for Consumer Products
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in Basic Marketing/Finance Principles
  • Minimum 1 year of Plant Manufacturing or R&D Experience


  • Strategic capabilities/business acumen
  • Drive for results
  • Building and strengthening relationships
  • Managing through ambiguity
  • Strong Communication-Written and Presentation

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 that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact