General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 12-May-2023

Ref #: R-69982

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

Description & Requirements

This is a Research and Development (R&D) based technical leadership role providing direction for and execution of projects across Oscar Mayer Core Meats categories (with additional project growth in Just Crack an Egg- Lunchables- & Convenient Breakfast) within the Fresh- Beverages- and Desserts (FBD) business unit.  The candidate will be identifying- scoping and/or driving technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on Innovation- Renovation and Brand Maintenance.  This candidate should have a proven record of executing work plans and driving for results.  This includes basic understanding of the business need- designing and executing tests- analyzing data- drawing conclusions- documenting- communicating results- and commercializing products.  Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role- which operates in a cross-functional environment. The candidate must also have a strong technical background and be able to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations. This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently and demonstrate the ability complete work with minimal guidance. Exhibiting a collaborative mindset and applying innovative solutions are a must.

Key Components of the role

  • Responsible for developing and commercializing new products- renovating existing products- and delivering cost savings on projects in the FBD business unit.

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

  • Translate research findings into meaningful business opportunities and communicate to cross-functional teams

  • Formula/product commercialization working closely with cross-functional team members in production plants

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

  • Manage multiple assignments/research projects concurrently and possess the ability to call out priority conflicts between a variety of business initiatives

  • Design and execute plant trials- then summarize and translate results clearly for technical and non-technical teams

  • Specification creation and updating- with attention to detail


  • BS/MS in Meat Science- Food Science- Food Engineering- Animal Science- Dairy Science- Chemical Engineering- Biological Engineering- or related field

  • Minimum of 4 years in a Technical Function (which can include all graduate and/or internship work)

  • Solid understanding of food (can be specific to Meat- Dairy) chemistry- analytical testing- formulations and processing used in food manufacturing

  • Understanding of ingredient functionality and interrelationship of ingredients- process- and packaging

  • Excellent communication- influencing- project management and problem solving skills

  • Ability to lead- coach and motivate others

  • Manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to question the priority of work

  • Strong understanding of Design of Experiments

  • Willingness to travel 30%


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.