Vice President R&D, Core Business

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Job ID: EB-1613672973
Job Title: Vice President R&D, Core Business
Location: Glenview, IL

Work for one of NA’s fastest growing companies with a great leadership team, offers employees tremendous opportunities for growth, competitive compensation, and employee appreciation.

Company Information:

  • One of the largest food manufacturing companies in the world
  • $26bn in net sales in 2022. 39,000 employees. 81 factories across 40 countries
  • Over 200 legendary brands including Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Oscar Mayer

We Value and Appreciate Our Employees:

  • Competitive Compensation and Full Benefits
  • Top-notch Executive Health Care Program at no cost to the employee.
  • Six weeks work remote policy (no more than 2 consecutive weeks)

High Level Summary of Your Role with the Company:

This role will be the R&D epicenter of driving growth and maintenance within the core of our business portfolio and will lead a team of 180-200 people. As the VP R&D – Core Business, you will be instrumental in delivering the growth agenda for the NA R&D organization. You and your team will hold primary accountability for the day-to-day operations of the technical category pods in the delivery of 1) the core business agenda, 2) pipeline harmonization across business units, and 3) commercialization of an advantaged innovation, renovation, and supply continuity pipeline. You will have executive R&D leadership of the Kraft Heinz Ingredient business.

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business related field. Graduate degree preferred.
  • 15+ years of progressive success in CPG, but preferably Food & Beverage.
  • Consumer obsessed with a track record of success building external partnerships to expand the capacity and capabilities of the R&D organization.
  • Passionate and successful track record of success building a consumer-centric culture, high-performing teams, and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Results driven with leadership focus on cross-functional alignment and synergistic strategies to maximize efficiencies and acceleration to market.
  • Track record of success leading and executing complex transformation projects in innovation and business insights.
  • Deep technical expertise in one or more areas such as Consumer Insights, Culinary, Packaging, Wellness, etc.
  • A polished and poised business leader with strong influencer skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working in an agile, matrixed enterprise.
  • Self-starter

For additional information please contact Owen Carryl at Kaye/Bassman. (972)-265-5307 or email