General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 18-Jan-2023

Ref #: R-65564

Description & Requirements

This position in our Glenview- IL Kraft Heinz Innovation Center involves applying foundational knowledge of chemistry- biochemistry- chromatography and mass spectrometry.  The industrial challenges are to measure and characterize small molecules to biopolymers (below). 

This is an ideal opportunity for a laboratory-focused scientist who enjoys integrating laboratory findings into cohesive explanations of what is happening at the molecular level in food ingredients and processing.

Investigation Opportunities:

  • Ingredient authenticity and provenance

  • Off-flavors and taints

  • Optimization of ingredients

  • Food safety threats such as pathogens

  • Allergens

  • Novel ingredient characterization

  • Composition and stability of natural ingredients

The successful candidate will develop project objectives and strategies in response to business initiatives- executing against same and recommending action plans to implement key findings.  The candidate will have significantly impact on direction and quality of work done by other senior technical people.  The candidate should have aptitudes for application and maintenance of complex analytical instrumentation. The candidate will be evaluated on communication skills and potential for demonstrating technical leadership within a scientifically and culturally diverse organization.


  • Will collaborate with internal clients- including R&D and potentially plant personnel

  • Will interact with equipment/instrument manufacturers- external lab partners- suppliers


  • Current hands-on expertise solving complex problems by application of one or more analytical techniques- including but not limited to liquid chromatography-UV-FLD- gas chromatography-FID- ion chromatography-ECD- size exclusion chromatography- gas chromatography- and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry

  • Demonstrated in-depth experience of sample preparation and headspace introduction techniques (SPME/SBSE/Dynamic Headspace) including gas chromatography-olfactometry-mass spectrometry for a variety of food and beverage matrices is required

  • Hands on experience with chromatography data systems such as Chromeleon- MassLynx & MassHunter with proven leadership abilities to be software administrator

  • Proven ability to activate and inspire cross-disciplinary and external networks as well as administrator databases for release of ingredients

  • Knowledge of establishing ISO 17025 accredited methods & creating standard operating procedures desired

  • Explore and develop new technologies applicable to the field of measurement science

  • B.S. degree in chemistry- biochemistry- or related field with 6 years lab experience or M.S degree in related field with 4 years lab experience or PhD degree in related field with 2 years lab experience

  • Excellent laboratory experimentation and data analysis skills

  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Excellent interpersonal & project management skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to build strong customer/client relationships

  • TRAVEL: 0-10%


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.

Office Collaboration & Hybrid Work Environment

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 for assistance.