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R&D Innovation Lead

Company: Kraft-Heinz
Location: Glenview
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 21-Feb-2024

Ref #: R-79594

Description & Requirements

As a leader in our Research and Development (R&D) team, you will be pivotal in driving innovation and expanding our market presence. In this position, you are at the forefront of shaping our strategic direction, using creativity to solve consumer needs, while harmonizing our pipeline across amazing categories including Capri-Sun, Jell-O, Maxwell House, Cool Whip, Jet Puffed, Kool Aid and Mio amongst others. This individual will influence across the company while spearheading the development and brand awareness of cutting-edge products.

What's on the menu?

  • Define, create, and implement a compelling growth strategy that uses technology and addresses innovation and renovation needs. Your strategic vision will be instrumental in propelling our platforms to new heights.
  • Encouraging a culture of excellence and high performance: Foster an organizational culture that embraces ambition, engagement, agility, and innovation.
  • As a champion of people leadership, you will motivate, teach, coach and empower our team of leaders to get results and achieve their full potential.
  • Be a primary liaison between R&D, North America Commercial Business Units, Consumer Insights and Sales scaling best practices and sharing invaluable platform insights.
  • You will drive direction for technology enabler exploration in conjunction with our Next Generation Ingredient and Processing team.
  • Strategic resource allocation: Lead discussions with business stakeholders to align on the prioritization of pipeline activities and effectively allocate resources based on our NA Zone growth strategy.
  • Developing strategic partnerships: Forge strategic alliances, both internal and external, to enhance our capacity, capabilities, and speed in solution development.

    Recipe for Success - apply now if this sounds like you!
    • Extensive R&D experience encompassing project management, technical expertise, and food science knowledge.
    • A solid background in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)/Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry or a comparable field, with expertise in a relevant category for Kraft Heinz.
    • Familiarity with working in a matrix organization, and navigating complex cross-functional relationships.
    • Strong communication, influencing, and people management skills.
    • The ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and collaborators in a fast-paced, matrixed organization.
    • A robust technical R&D background, enabling you to provide strategic leadership and guidance to the R&D team.

      Work Environment & Schedule

      This is a Hybrid role with 3 days a week in the local office, with limited travel or visits to external locations; offices are open workspaces. Additionally, this role requires working a salaried, exempt schedule to best execute against customer and internal expectations

      Physical demands include but not limited to

      • Willingness to drive and/or travel as needed -30%
      • Operate a computer and view screens

        Here at Kraft Heinz, we grow our people to grow our business, because we believe that great people make great companies. When you join our table, you can expect:
        • Access to an array of holistic wellness benefits* and perks, including medical, dental and vision coverage
        • 7% 401(k) matching
        • Business Resource Groups (BRGs) to help foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all employees
        • An industry-leading total rewards package that emphasizes a high discretionary bonus.

          *Benefits begin 30 days after hire for hourly employees, and immediately upon hire for salaried employees.

          Get a peek into life here at Kraft Heinz through our Instagram and TikTok channels!


          About Us

          Kraft Heinz is a global food company with a delicious heritage. With iconic and emerging food and beverage brands around the world, we deliver the best taste, fun and quality to every meal table we touch. We're on a mission to disrupt not only our own business, but the global food industry. A consumer obsession and unexpected partnerships fuel our progress as we drive innovation across every part of our company.

          Around the world, our people are connected by a culture of ownership, agility and endless curiosity. We also believe in being good humans, who are working to improve our company, communities, and planet. We're proud of where we've been - and even more thrilled about where we're headed - as we nourish the world and lead the future of food.

          Why Us

          We grow our people to grow our business. We champion great people who bring ambition, curiosity, and high performance to the table as the guardians of our beloved and nostalgic brands. Good isn't good enough. We choose greatness every day by challenging the ordinary and making bold decisions. All while celebrating our wins - and our failures - as we work together to lead the future of food.

          Challenging the status quo takes talent. We invest in your purpose and potential by developing skills and nurturing strengths that leave a legacy on our business and a lasting impact on your career. Because great people make great companies, and we're growing something great here at Kraft Heinz.

          Office Collaboration & Hybrid Work Environment

          We believe our office environment fuels our collaboration, connection & community as an organization and allows our employees to grow toward greatness. We also believe providing a more flexible and agile model is essential in today's workplace. A majority of our office-based employees will be able to work remotely for up to two days each week. Additionally, employees who are subject to this hybrid model will be eligible to work from anywhere for up to six weeks in a rolling 12-month period (in maximum two-week increments and according to benefits and tax guidelines). Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in office depending on the role's responsibilities and requirements.

          Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact

Keywords: Kraft-Heinz, Glenview , R&D Innovation Lead, Other , Glenview, Illinois

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