General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 23-Jan-2023

Ref #: R-65694

Description & Requirements

The individual will support the Next Generation Ingredients Team specializing in Functional Systems working from the Glenview R&D facility. This position offers the candidate an excellent opportunity to lead innovative and disruptive ingredient technology platforms while creating competitive advantage across the global Kraft Heinz portfolio. The candidate will manage technical platforms- identify- and lead ingredient technology development initiatives. The candidate should be able to also identify future technology platforms- prioritize research pathways- demonstrate proof of concept- develop prototypes- conduct technology scale up trials- validate technology in model systems and applications- conduct consumer testing- and commercialize technologies. This includes understanding of the business need- designing and executing tests- analyzing data- drawing conclusions- documenting- and communicating results to both technical and non-technical audiences.  Proven communication and collaboration skills are essential in this role.

This individual must have a proven strong technical background- leadership- intellectual curiosity- problem solving and project management skills. Technical background should include general food science and ingredient interactions with focus in encapsulation- controlled delivery- and emulsion technologies or protein chemistry- proteins/ingredient interaction and processing for improved functionality. The candidate will have also cross-functional team interaction with the scientific community/ecosystem outside of Kraft Heinz- internal marketing- R&D- procurement- finance- operations- quality- regulatory and manufacturing. This position requires an individual to manage assignments/tasks with a high degree of autonomy.  Intellectual curiosity- ability to deal with ambiguity- and collaboration are a must.

KEY COMPONENTS OF THE ROLE:

  • Possess strong technical functional skills to evaluate ingredient functionality and process interaction in various food matrixes

  • Be able to embrace all aspects of ingredient technology development including the fuzzy front end- ideation- design- development- and commercialization

  • Identify- scope- design and develop technology platforms to support different KHC product category initiatives

  • Design- support- and execute benchtop and/or pilot plant trials- then summarize and translate results clearly for technical and non-technical teams

  • Adapt and apply scientific principles to new situations/products and have a moderate degree of autonomy

  • Demonstrate the willingness and ability to learn new product categories and/or processing/packaging areas

  • Proof of concept formulation and product development across multiple categories

  • Identify and communicate high level implications of proof-of-concept results in relation to business and financial impact- scale up risks- and timeline

  • Direct communication with suppliers and internal & external partners

  • Responsible for technology scouting and discovery

  • Build/have external connection to research partners such as universities- research centers- consultants

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B.S. degree in Food Science- Chemistry- Biology- Engineering- or related fields with minimum of 7 years of relevant experience or M.S. or higher in the above fields with at least 3-5 years of relevant experience

  • Strong ingredient and food matrix/model system know how and skills interrelationship of ingredients- process- and packaging

  • Strong expertise in controlled delivery systems and/or protein chemistry- processing- or functionality

  • Excellent understanding of Design of Experiments- laboratory experimentation- scale up- and mathematical/data analysis skills

  • Demonstrated record of conducting research development projects either individually or in collaboration with other teams

  • Demonstrated executional excellence in technology discovery- scale up- and commercialization

  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and ability to make connections to the big picture

  • Demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguity

  • Demonstrated track record of creative out of the box thinker with ability to define and prioritize research pathways that will ensure success and manage complexity

  • Possess excellent industry external ecosystem- as well as setting up and conducting collaborative research engaging externally

  • Possess technical/intellectual curiosity and understand how technology can be insulated

  • Ability to manage projects with a high degree of autonomy

  • Excellent verbal and written communication

  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time

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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.

Vaccination & Office Collaboration Expectations

Our highest priority is always the health, wellbeing, and safety of our Kraft Heinz family. We require our office-based, home-based, R&D, and sales team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless approved for a medical or religious accommodation.

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 HRCompliance@kraftheinz.com for assistance.