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General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 04 - Product Development

Date Published: 11-Mar-2021

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

The Role 

The individual will support the Technology Platforms Team 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 individual must have a proven strong technical background- leadership- intellectual curiosity- problem solving and project management skills.  Technical background must include lipid chemistry/processing and emulsion science. Knowledge of structure and functionality of edible fats is a plus. The candidate will also have cross-functional team interaction with the scientific community/ecosystem outside of Kraft Heinz- the internal marketing- Business Units R&D- procurement- finance- operations- quality- regulatory and manufacturing.  He or she will need to interact and build research collaboration programs with the external ecosystem while progressing some of the research pathways internally.

Responsibilities:

  • The individual will identify- scope- design and develop technology platforms to support different KHC product categories renovations and innovations initiatives
  • Design and execute experimental plans. Apply learnings to drive product renovation and /or innovation
  • Possess strong technical functional skills to evaluate lipids and other ingredients for functionality and process interaction in various food matrixes- including plant based foods.
  • Expertise in developing dairy fats alternatives for food and beverage applications.
  • Be able to embrace all aspects of ingredient technology development including the fuzzy front end- ideation- design- development and commercialization.  
  • The candidate will need to also understand fundamentally other product technologies associated with applications.   
  • Establish solid project research plans- conduct appropriate testing- gather and analyze data- develop recommendation and assess risk based on finding
  • Conduct bench top- pilot plant and plant trials to explore- optimize formulation and processes.
  • Work cross functionally with other team members to progress company research project
  • Responsible for technology scouting and discovery.
  • Build /have external connection to research partners such as universities- research centers- consultants

Technical Requirements:

  • PhD in Food Science- Chemistry- Biochemistry- Biology or related fields- with 3-5+ years of relevant experience or MS in the above fields with 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Strong ingredient and food matrix /model system knowledge and skills focused on lipid chemistry- processing- and functionality
  • Experience with ingredient fundamentals and their interaction- specifically to lipids- emulsions- dairy and non-dairy- cultured or non-cultured.  
  • Strong understanding in emulsion systems- dairy and non-dairy
  • Strong expertise in lipid chemistry/processing/functionality- triglyceride characterization and crystallization.  Demonstration of these technologies in plant-based systems highly desired.
  • Demonstrated record of conducting research development projects either individually and or in collaboration with other teams
  • Demonstrated executional excellence in technology discovery- scale up and commercialization experiences

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage complexity while ensuring setting up research planning for success
  • 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.
  • Possess excellent industry external ecosystem- demonstrate ability to tap into external knowledge and or set successful external collaborations.
  • Possess technical /intellectual curiosity. Insulate technology to create KHC competitive advantage.
  • Ability to manage projects with a high degree of autonomy
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity