Scientist, R&D - Product Development

The Kraft Heinz Company Glenview, IL
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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 $26.5 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.

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Job Description


This is a research based technical leadership role providing direction for and execution of projects across our North American business (Refrigerated). The candidate will be identifying, scoping and/or driving technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on Innovation, Renovation and Brand Maintenance. This candidate should have a proven record of executing work plans and driving for results in a variety of settings. This includes basic understanding of the business need, designing and executing tests, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting, communicating results, and commercializing products. Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role, which operates in a cross-functional environment. The candidate must also have a strong technical background and be able to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations. This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently and demonstrate the ability complete work with minimal guidance. Exhibiting a collaborative mindset and applying innovative solutions are a must.

Key Components of the role

* Demonstrates the willingness/ability to learn new product categories and/or processing/packaging areas.

* Develop and implement multiple new product launches from concept to commercialization

* Design and conduct plant trials and summarize results

* Support/lead project teams as a technical resource

* Collaborate with business teams to identify and execute initiatives including innovation, renovation, cost engineering, and brand maintenance

* Develop and manage deliverables to achieve R&D timelines

* Create and manage product specifications to detail

* Maintain technical documentation


* Excellent communication, influencing, and problem solving skills

* Ability to lead, coach and motivate others

* Manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to question the priority of work

* Strong understanding of Design of Experiments

* Willingness to travel 30% pending business needs

* B.S. degree in Food, Dairy, Meat Science or Chemical Engineering or equivalent; 2-3 years relevant job experience

* Experience in the food or consumer products industry preferred

* Proven leadership of commercialization and/or margin enhancement programs across multiple technologies

EEO Statement

Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is an equal employment employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, and disabled individuals. As an equal opportunity employer, Kraft Heinz Company, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the American's with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 847 646-6044 for assistance.

Location(s)Glenview R&D Center