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Product Development Scientist - Desserts-1401064 - IL-Glenview



Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) is one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, with annual revenues of more than $18 billion. With the spirit of a startup and the soul of a powerhouse, Kraft has an unrivaled portfolio of products in the beverages, cheese, refrigerated meals and grocery categories. The company’s iconic brands include Kraft, Capri Sun, JELL-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters and Velveeta. Kraft’s 22,500 employees in the U.S. and Canada have a passion for making the foods and beverages people love. Kraft is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the NASDAQ-100 indices. For more information, visit and


This position allows for the candidate to work across Jell-O (Dry Packaged Desserts, Refrigerated Ready to Eat Desserts) on core business initiatives such as productivity, brand maintenance, renovations, and line extensions. While in this role, the candidate will lead product development for specific areas of Jell-O and the subsequent commercialization efforts. The individual will collaborate with other product and process developers, coordinate with the cross-functional commercialization team, and interact closely with procurement and operations.

The position will afford the individual the opportunity to lead their own product development projects from development through commercialization and also gain exposure to a core function focusing on productivity, brand maintenance, renovations, and product line extensions.


·         Independently lead product development projects from formulation through scale up and start up.

·         Support extended cross functional team on initiatives to ensure speed to market.

·         Act as a R&D point person for the manufacturing plant and assist plant Operations with trouble shooting, design and/or product quality related issues. Support general brand maintenance needs.

·         Interact with peers and technical experts on a daily basis to understand project needs, establish development plans & testing requirements and implement key findings.

·         Interact with direct management on a daily and as needed basis for reviewing recommended action plans, as well as receiving coaching on projects and career plans.

·         Interact with Plant Engineering and Operations on an as needed basis to conduct experiments and trials and to assist in operations troubleshooting needs.



·         BS/MS in Food Science or Chemical Engineering

·         R&D product development experience in a CPG company (with Kraft or other Food & Beverage Company)

·         Development experience with products which require both formulation and process to create.

·         Self-Motivated by problem solving and inherient curiosity to understand how things work.

·         Ability to work effectively in a team and with others

·         Strong technical skills in food science

·         Ability to handle complex assignments on aggressive timing

·         Excellent verbal, written, and oral communication

·         Executional excellence, personal leadership and customer focus a must

·         Ability to learn new products and processes quickly

Kraft Foods is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Kraft recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.


: Quality Assurance

Primary Location

: NA-US-IL-Glenview

Kraft Foods Group is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Kraft provides reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Applicants who need accommodation in the job application process should contact 847-646-6044 to request assistance.






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