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Principal Scientist - R&D Open Innovation-1302176 Glenview, IL


Kraft Foods Group is one of the most admired and largest food and beverage businesses in North America. Were also one of the largest worldwide among publicly traded consumer packaged food and beverage companies, based on our 2012 combined net revenues of $18.7 billion.

We manufacture and market food and beverage products, including convenient meals, Refreshment beverages and coffee, cheese and other grocery products, primarily in the United States and Canada, under a host of iconic brands. Our product categories span breakfast, lunch and dinner meal occasions, both at home and in foodservice locations.

Our diverse brand portfolio consists of many of the most popular food brands in North America, Including three brands with annual net revenues exceeding $1 billion each Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings; Oscar Mayer meats; and Maxwell House coffees plus over 20 brands with annual net revenues of between $100 million and $1 billion each.

In the United States, based on dollar share in 2012, we hold the number one branded share position in a majority of our 50 product categories, as well as in 18 of our top 20 product categories. We hold the number two branded share position in the other two product categories.


This position offers the candidate the opportunity to lead the process of finding new external technology partners. The candidate must be able to apply deep technology knowledge of the Meals & Desserts categories and lead the translation of the business strategies into technology needs such that roadmap's fully integrate knowledge sharing/collaboration, open sourcing of innovation, competitive landscape and intellectual property strategies into a comprehensive technology roadmap. The candidate will be responsible to lead resources to identify and establish high value, longer term strategic innovation partnerships with key partners. They will identify and deliver the opportunities to work more deeply in relationships where the other parties invest their own resources for mutual long term gain. The candidate will cultivate relationships external to Kraft with suppliers, acadamia, and industry for the identification of and investment in emerging technologies and IP strategy development. The candidate will also need collaborate across BUs for best practice sharing in Open Innovation tools and identification of synergist opportunities for external partnership. The candidate will be an integral member of the technical community providing coaching and mentorship to the development of the BUs technical talent. This opportunity provides the candidate an excellent opportunity to truly shape and influence Meals & Desserts BU future in identifying external partnerships to solve technical challenges in delivering business strategies.

         Lead multidisciplinary teams and process for identifying & implementing new Open Innovation partnerships for high value solutions in ingredient, product or technology licensing/alliances/partnerships in academics, entrepreneurs, start-up companies and key ingredient/process equipment manufacturers.

         The candidate will provide insights on emerging technologies, recommended investment areas, with associated risks and opportunities for Meals& Desserts BU through monitoring the competitor activities and the technology landscape, external vendors, acedamia, and industry

         The candidate will provide technical mentorship to developers on an as needed basis to further develop the technical talent and depth of talent within the Meals R&D team.

         The candidate will construct and negotiate partnership agreements for all categories.

Internal and external contacts:

         The candidate will interact with peers and technical experts on a daily basis in reviewing business needs and then the development and implementation of action plans against those needs.

         The candidate will interact with direct management on a bi- weekly and as needed basis for alignment on recommended action plans, as well as receiving coaching on career plans.

         The candidate will interact with external vendors, academia, and industry on regular basis maintain awareness of future trends and identify opportunities for delivering against business strategies.



         B.S./M.S. in Food Science, Food Process Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Functional / Technical Expertise:

         Product Development in a CPG company (with Kraft or other Food & Beverage Company).

         Demonstrated success in the development and commercialization of products requiring the candidate to leverage a diversity of food science fundamentals.

         Proven experience scaling up bench top formulation to pilot plant, as well as analysis and interpretation of data to make data based conclusions and recommendations.

         Experience with NEW product development (innovation) from concept to commercialization

Competencies / Abilities:

1.    Demonstrated leadership skills in ambiguous initiatives, leading multidisciplinary teams to solve complex technical challenges

2.    Strategic ability to make sound decisions based on forward thinking, long-term assessments and a broad understanding of the business

3.    Self-Motivated by problem solving and inherent curiosity to understand how things work.

4.    Ability to deliver creative and innovative solutions to technical challenges.

5.    Ability to leverage their internal & external network of professional contacts.

6.    Demonstrated ability to construct licenses and agreements to effectively negotiate terms and conditions

7.    Provide motivation, inspiration, mentoring and coaching to develop technical talent.

8.    Open-minded to new ideas & visionary in seeking out new ideas and opportunities. (internal & external)

9.    Ability to manage multiple complex tasks concurrently.

10. Excellent verbal, written, and oral communication.

11. Executional excellence and personal leadership is a must

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.


: Research & Development Management

Primary Location

: NA-US-IL-Glenview























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