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Sr. R&D Manager

Company: Kraft Heinz
Location: Glenview
Posted on: March 14, 2020

Job Description:

Our Company

The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry - we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream - it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best - best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.

It's a Question of Taste

Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.

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Job Description
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 Heinz.

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 must-have.
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 forward.


--- 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 market.
--- 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 and applications.
--- 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 fields
--- 7+ years of experience in product development for the consumer product industry
--- 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 inter-personal leadership.
--- 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 skills
--- Ability to navigate through the company and find unique ways to drive results.
--- 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


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