R&D Innovation Lead
Glenview, IL 
Posted 26 days ago
Job Description
Job Description

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.

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Location(s)Glenview R&D Center

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 .

It is the continuing policy of The Kraft Heinz Company to afford full equal employment opportunity to qualified employees and applicants, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental handicaps, military or veteran status, sexual preference, or any other protected condition or characteristic in conformity with all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations.
Final candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Company sponsorship. Exceptions requesting work visa sponsorship will be reviewed on a case to case basis.


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As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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