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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: 03-Dec-2020

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements


Provide technical leadership for Food Service product development (such as sauces- dessert- cheese- soups- meals) on our brands Kraft- Heinz- Jell-O- Capri Sun- etc. brands to identify and commercialize technologies for KraftHeinz.  Specific duties include: 

  • Serve as leader of KraftHeinz Technical Platforms- and manage resources and budget for projects and platforms to drive execution
  • Conduct lab tests- pilot plant and large-scale tests within manufacturing facilities to optimize formulation and/or process
  • Conduct appropriate testing and develop recommendations/contingency plans based on findings
  • Write KraftHeinz Product Specifications that deliver consistent- high-quality products
  • Serve as Product Development expert across multiple product categories and/or processing/packaging areas with significant technical depth in a key process/product/package technology area
  • Direct both product and packagers across multiple projects associated with the technical platforms
  • Support extended cross functional team (partnering with Marketing- Operations- R&D- Sales- Procurement- Finance- Supply Chain- external ingredient/product suppliers- co-manufactures and business partners) on initiatives to ensure new product speed to market
  • Serve as R&D point person for the manufacturing plant and assist plant Operations with troubleshooting- design and/or product quality related issues
  • Influence and interact directly 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 KraftHeinz 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  
  • Ensure collaboration with Global teams
  • Coach/Mentor colleagues and project team members
  • Develop project roadmaps and assist in scoping for innovation and renovation ideas / Influence ideation sessions
  • Maintain technical documentation
  • Develop and implement KraftHeinz Product Development-related policies and best practices around knowledge capture- transfer and reuse  


  • Bachelor of Science degree (or foreign equivalent) in Food Science or Food Chemistry and five (5) years of experience in a same or related position.
  • Previous experience must have included some experience with: Strategic process and technology implementation; Cross functional collaboration with operations- regulatory- marketing- food safety- food quality; External / Industry collaboration including Canadian Government Food Regulation knowledge; Food preservation ingredient technology expertise; and Cream cheese processing technology expertise


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