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Senior Scientist, R&D - Product Development - Kraft Heinz Ingredients

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Job Description
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.
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Senior Scientist, R&D - Product Development - Kraft Heinz Ingredients at a glance...
This is a Research and Development (R&D) role leading Product Development initiatives under the Confections team within the Beverages and Confections technical platform. This role will be primarily responsible for our Kraft Heinz Ingredients Business (Confections, Cheese & Dairy, Condiments & Sauces) with a focus on Cheese/Dairy. The role will also support multiple businesses across Desserts (Jell-O, Cool Whip, Jet Puffed, Baker's) and Spreads (Kraft Peanut Butter and Hazelnut Spread, Away From Home sweet spreads and syrups). The Senior Scientist is expected to lead and drive technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on growth, productivity, ESGm and brand maintenance. The candidate should have a consistent record of executing work plans and getting results in challenging and complex settings, across multiple categories. Proven communication and teamwork skills are critical in this role, which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment. This position requires an individual to balance priorities and complete work with minimal guidance. Exhibiting a collaborative approach, strong communication skills, and applying innovative solutions are a must.
What's on the menu?

  • Project Management: Leads development and execution across multiple projects ranging from low to high technical complexity for KHI and the Confections BU
  • Manage multiple assignments/research projects concurrently and possess the ability to prioritize between a variety of business initiatives
  • Commercialization: Deep knowledge of commercialization processes and required activities as the technical/R&D lead. Ability to troubleshoot challenges.
  • Collaboration: Work with cross functional teams acting as the lead product developer to drive execution across multiple projects
  • Communication: Provide updates to cross-functional teams; Identify hurdles and propose solutions
  • Translate research findings into relevant business objectives
  • Champion an innovation approach and exhibit influence on the cross functional partners
  • Mentor, coach and collaborate with other colleagues within and outside of your immediate team
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop relationships with and coordinate commercialization activities across internal and external manufacturing facilities.
  • Lead and complete product testing, qualification, and commercialization in laboratory and production environments

Recipe for Success - apply now if this sounds like you!

  • Bachelor's Degree (Master's is a Plus) - Food Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Life Sciences or related fields
  • Minimum 6 years in a technical function which can include all graduate and/or internship work
  • 4+ years Product Development and commercialization experience within a CPG or equivalent
  • Project management experience, technical expertise, and food science/processing knowledge
  • Experience across a broad range of cheese and dairy ingredients, formulations and manufacturing processes desired, but is not a prerequisite
  • Frozen, Refrigerated, and Shelf Stable packaged goods experience preferred.
  • Excellent communication, influencing, project management and problem solving skills
  • Highly motivated and able to multi-task varying degrees of complex projects
  • Willingness/ability to learn new product categories and/or processing areas
  • Willingness to travel up to 30%. Travel could include (but not limited to): United States and Canada to internal plants, co-manufacturers, and suppliers.
  • Experience delivering consumer centric, innovative solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence, manage multiple projects concurrently with the ability to prioritize work, and solve problems effectively.
  • Brings an entrepreneurial spirit and growth mindset
  • Ability to manage through ambiguity.

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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 [email protected] .

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What are Kraft Heinz Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Hybrid work model
Employee awards
Remote work program
Kraft Heinz allows all North America employees to work from anywhere for up to 6 weeks a year.
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Transgender health care benefits
Abortion travel benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Adoption Assistance
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Relocation assistance
Mother's room
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Personal development training

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