General information

All posting locations: Amsterdam, , Netherlands, Nijmegen, , Netherlands

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 26-Jan-2023

Ref #: R-65517

Description & Requirements

About the position

We have a great opportunity for an experienced R&D professional to make a difference at Kraft Heinz in the position of Sr Product Technologist - Value Engineering and Security. The position lies within the Continental Europe R&D team and is responsible for driving and executing the value creation and secure pipeline that drive value-in and cost-out for our product portfolios across Continental Europe (CE). The position will be part of the R&D management team and will report to the CE R&D director.

Your priority is to build partnerships between the R&D- Procurement- Commercial and Supply Chain teams- and external partners of choice to deliver value to the business and deliver against objectives. This involves an integrated and proactive approach across function/business units- and strong collaboration across all levels of the organisation.

Secondly- you coordinate and execute the main value creation big bets identified cross-functionally right first time and according to R&D excellence principle.

Key Components of the role:

Portfolio (40%)

  • Close collaboration with internal partners (International Leadership- Procurement- R&D- Supply Chain- Finance) to identify and deliver productivity and effectiveness across the CE portfolio
  • Identify key projects and initiatives to simplify and build harmonization across the Business
  • Represent CE R&D in forums (such as Champions Week- VA days etc)
  • Co-Build and implement a pipeline to achieve competitive advantage including longer-term strategic plan encompassing Technological platforms- bringing tech solutions to life
  • On yearly basis- define resources needed and budget to deliver the pipeline

Technical R&D lead 60%

  • Develop with procurement team ingredient strategy to achieve security and sustainability of the supplies
  • Deliver and execute the development of recipes- organize- and coordinate trials- validate sensory and shelf life.
  • Ensure robust risk management and delivery of quality attributes first time right.
  • Support Product Developers in different teams that also deliver productivity and secure pipeline


Must haves

  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science or related field
  • 6+ years proven track-record of R&D / preferably an experience in productivity or security of supply team
  • Strong eye for business
  • Experience managing commercial and procurement related agreements
  • Ability to navigate at ease through complex- multicultural- diverse environments
  • Excellent analytical and social skills & simplifying the complex / strong ability to present in a sharp and simple way to senior executives
  • Organized and able to handle several projects concurrently

What we offer you

At Kraft Heinz- we’re not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. It all comes down to the way we empower our people to own their work. It’s true: Our employees are our competitive advantage. As part of the Kraft Heinz family- you’re supported to grow and achieve. You’re recognized and rewarded for outstanding performance at every level. You’re given the opportunity to leave your mark and build legacies. But you won’t do it alone. This is where our values and teamwork thrive and collaborative spirit fuels every day.

  • An ambitious employer; we only want to the best for you
  • A fast career track like only few other companies can match
  • Hybrid working policy; 3 days office- 2 days home office
  • Permanent contract; for we believe in doing big bets on people
  • Always room for new ideas; if you have an innovative idea- please let us know- and we can set it in action!

Our Hiring Process

After the application and CV screening- you are invited to complete our Cognitive Assessment and will have an introductory telephone call with the Talent Acquisition Team. If positive- you will interview with:

R&D Director Product Development & Nutrimune Manager and Head of Procurement West HR Business Partner & Manager VE R&G Growth All positive? Job offer!

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.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes.