General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 29-Aug-2023

Ref #: R-74023

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

Description & Requirements

Job Title:

Sr Sci- R&D Product Dev:

Are you passionate about Food innovation and ready to make a significant impact on iconic brands? Join the dynamic and cross-functional team at Kraft Heinz Research & Development as a Sr Scientist! We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead product development projects across our Platforms- working with renowned brands like Oscar Mayer- Kraft- Maxwell House- Kool Aid- and Crave.

As a Sr Scientist- you will have the opportunity to drive innovation- renovation- and maintenance of brand- enabling growth and ensuring quality objectives and business continuity for Kraft Heinz technical leadership role and will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our Food solutions.

Opportunities Available:

  • Sauces & Condiments

What’s on the menu?

  • The candidate will independently lead product development projects from formulation through scale up and start up.

  • Demonstrate ability to develop and implement processing systems 

  • Support extended cross functional team on initiatives to ensure speed to market.

  • Act as a R&D point person for the manufacturing plant and assist plant Operations with trouble shooting- design and/or product quality related issues.  Support general brand maintenance to ensure business continuity across multipole categories as needed.

  • Interact with Operations- Center R&D- US Business Units- equipment vendors- Quality- Regulatory- Finance and Marketing on an as needed basis to drive effective results.

  • Interface with all related technical experts and US category scientists to understand technologies and applications.

  • Manage technical timelines- provide clear and timely communication- raise issues and risks- and develop contingency plans leveraging strong project management skills

  • Monitor emerging trends and competitive activities in their categories of responsibility.

  • Conduct appropriate testing and develop recommendations/contingency plans based on findings.

  • Assist in scoping “fuzzy” front innovation ideas and participate/influence ideation sessions.

  • Conduct lab tests- pilot plant and large scale tests within manufacturing facilities to optimize formulation and/or process.

  • Write specifications that deliver consistent- high-quality products.

Recipe for Success: Apply now if this sounds like you!

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s is a Plus) - Food Science- Food Science- Chemistry- Chemical Engineering- Life Sciences or related fields

  • Minimum 4+ years Product Development Experience within a CPG or equivalent

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and effective manage direct reports.

  • Understanding of ingredient interactions/functionality.

  • Executional excellence and personal leadership.

  • Self-motivated problem solver and the drive to deliver objectives in a complex environment.

  • The ability to plan- put together well thought out design of experiments- anticipate next steps and incorporate course corrections when hurdles appear.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication

  • Executional excellence- personal leadership and customer focus a must

  • Ability to learn new products and processes quickly

  • Willing to Travel up to 15%.  Travel could include (but not limited to): within United States and internal plants- co-manufacturers- and suppliers.

Please note: This job posting is just a preview of the full scope of the position. A comprehensive job description is shared upon interview.


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 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