Sr. R&D Manager
Company: Kraft Heinz
Posted on: March 14, 2020
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This Sr. Manager - R&D position will primarily support the
Canada Zone Retail Grocery businesses, be based in Glenview, IL and
work on brands such as Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Kraft Salad Dressings,
Crave Frozen Meals, Heinz Seriously Good, Kraft Dinners, Jell-O,
Cool Whip and others. The role provides opportunities to lead a
team of developers to drive product development initiatives for
innovation, renovation, and maintenance to advance growth, ensure
quality objectives and ensure business continuity for Kraft
The candidate will be leading the R&D function to meet business
initiatives focused on New Product Development. This includes being
the 'go to' R&D person for the cross-functional team members to
drive excellence through exceptional strategic thinking and
technical rigour. Communication and teamwork skills are essential
in this role, which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional
environment with partners in Marketing, Operations, R&D, Sales,
Procurement, Finance, Supply Chain, external ingredient/product
suppliers, co-manufacturers and business partners. The candidate
will need to be comfortable working across all complex product
platforms- condiments, sauces, meals and desserts.
A strong people manager who is great at working through others and
motivating/coaching a high potential team to go above is a
Maintaining budget, resource modelling/prioritization and other
Stage Gate activities will be required. A member of the Canada
R&D extended Leadership Team, this candidate will have a clear
role to influence and shape the Grocery business moving
--- Be the clear R&D owner of different strategic business
platforms within Meals, Condiments, Desserts, and Sauces.
--- Work closely with cross-functional teams, acting as a product
development team lead to drive execution across multiple projects
while maintaining and achieving timelines to ensure speed to
--- Lead multiple projects and teams through a complex scope and
varying priorities concurrently.
--- Lead and support the pipeline build for KHC Strategic
Innovation and Renovation platforms.
--- Interface with all related technical experts and US/Category
product development teams to understand and leverage technologies
--- Coach teams to effectively manage technical timelines, provide
clear and timely communication, raise issues and risks, and develop
contingency plans leveraging project management skills.
--- Guide teams and develop a keen sense of technical rigour with
pilot plant and large scale tests within manufacturing facilities
to optimize formulation and/or process.
--- Model resources and budget needs to deliver strategic
initiatives over the next several years.
--- Be a big dreamer and an excellent team player who transitions
vision into reality.
--- BS/MS - Food Science, Chemical Engineering, or related
--- 7+ years of experience in product development for the consumer
--- 3+ years of direct people management experience- especially
coaching new team members and experienced technical experts
--- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and driving
clarity in times of ambiguity and extreme complexity.
--- Drive technical rigour within teams with an expert
understanding of ingredient interactions/functionality and asking
'why not' and 'what would it take'?.
--- Goal oriented individual with executional excellence and
--- Highly motivated problem solver with a clear track record of
results to deliver objectives in a complex environment.
--- Ability to plan, put together well thought out resource models
to build effective teams for headcount and skill set.
--- Exceptional people manager who looks to win as a team and
coaches teams to anticipate next steps and incorporate course
corrections when hurdles appear.
--- Excellent verbal and written communication
--- Executional excellence, personal leadership and prioritization
--- Ability to navigate through the company and find unique ways to
--- Comfortable in being a part of the Leadership team and voicing
concerns and helps find constructive solutions.
--- Willing to travel up to 15%. Travel could include (but not
limited to): within the United States and Canada to internal
plants, co-manufacturers, and suppliers
Glenview R&D Center
Equal Opportunity Employer-minorities/females/veterans/individuals
with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity
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