Kraft Heinz

The Kraft Heinz story

As the name suggests, the Kraft Heinz Company came into being following the merger of Kraft Foods Group and Heinz in 2015. Kraft was founded by a Canadian American cheese seller called James L. Kraft in 1903. By the time of the merger, it was a giant American food manufacturing and processing conglomerate headquartered in Chicago. Its products were sold in over 170 countries.

Heinz was founded by Pennsylvanian entrepreneur Henry J. Heinz in 1869. By the time of the merger it was, like Kraft, a behemoth, manufacturing food products on six continents and selling its famous brands – Golden Circle, Greenseas, Heinz, HP Sauce and Weight Watchers – across 200 countries. The merger resulted in a food industry leviathan with a commanding grip on the beverage, convenience food, dairy food and snack food industries.

Today, Kraft Heinz are one of the largest global food and beverage companies, with a portfolio that is a diverse mix of iconic and emerging brands. In 2019 we generated $25bn in net sales and have offices and sites based in over 40 countries. As the guardians of over 200 brands and the creators of innovative products, we're dedicated to the sustainable health of our people and our planet.


The culture

We're committed to making life delicious for our people, our consumers, and our communities worldwide. Being one of the world's leading food and beverage companies is a privilege and a huge responsibility. We walk in our purpose by living our values, which make up our common language, define our shared culture, and reflect the company we're working to become each day.

Kraft Heinz hold themselves accountable. Employees act as owners each day, showing commitment and believe in the cause, making decisions and treating the business as if it were their own. They take responsibility for actions and results, in pursuit of building something together far bigger than them individually. They’re not a suit and tie organization and rely on employees being truly consumer obsessed to ensure great products reach their tables. To get an inside peek into the culture at Kraft Heinz, read the ‘Day in the life of’ article here.

If you’re a go-getter with an ownership mentality, ready for a fast-paced challenge you should find the Kraft Heinz culture exciting to be part of.


Social contribution

One of the Kraft Heinz core values is ‘We Do the Right Thing’. This applies to every decision made and the environmental and social responsibilities that they hold as one of the largest food and beverages manufacturing companies.

Their Vision: To Sustainably Grow by Delighting More Consumers Globally, ensures that they are committed to responsible, sustainable practices extending to every facet of our business. The Kraft Heinz ESG (environmental & social governance) strategy prioritizes the issues that matter most to the company’s business and stakeholders, focusing on areas that have the greatest impact.

  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Responsible Sourcing
  • Healthy Living & community support
  • To read the full 2020 Global ESG Report, download here.

It highlights the commitment to transparency and provides detail for stakeholders, consumers and customers on progress to date against their ESG Commitments. .


From the Employer:

Our purpose is to Make Life Delicious.

We walk in our Purpose by living our Values. These six core beliefs bring our Purpose to life. They make up our common language, define our shared culture – and reflect the Company we're working to become each day.

Each of our six Values start with WE – a commitment our people make to each other and to consumers around the world. Being one of the world's leading food and beverage companies is a privilege – and a huge responsibility. Times and tastes may change, but the core Values that shape who we are never will.



Our Talent gets BIG Opportunities - We believe in taking chances on those that deliver results.

Our people are our sustainable advantage, and this is a culture that encourages growth for anyone that delivers! Whatever your role, wherever in the world, the opportunity is there to do something special and be part of something big! We have openings across various functions within our business; Supply Chain, Operations, Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Quality, Research and Development, Legal and Audit.

We offer a 12-month fast track program, placing our graduates into a role that will provide them with exposure to all business functions. Graduates are immersed in real jobs with measurable KPIs and business targets. We provide an intensive, challenging and rewarding experience that will set our graduates up for a high-profile career.

If you share a passion for our company & culture and have drive and determination to succeed in a dynamic industry, this is the graduate program for you.

We hire students studying

Business and Commerce
Marketing & Sales
Accounting
Economics

Available Positions

Awards

At Kraft Heinz we are proud to have received acknowledgement of our best practices, passion and hard work in the following awards:

  • Grad Connection Top 100 Finalist 2021
  • Forbes World’s Best Employers 2020
  • Australian HR Awards: Best Learning and Development Program 2020 - Excellence Award
  • Australian HR Awards: Best Graduate Development Program 2020 - Excellence Award

Benefits

Not only will you get to work for one of the largest food companies in the world, access a global business network, have mentoring and career coaching, we’ve got a few standout benefits that we are excited to share:

About the International Graduate Program

Our Kraft Heinz International Graduate Program will develop you into a future leader of our company. The program is designed for top talent who seek a performance-based culture that is built on meritocracy, ambition, hard-work and passion.

Commencing January 2022 in our Auckland office, our 12-month program will see you will join an ANZ cohort of other ambitious Graduates. You will learn directly from Kraft Heinz leaders, work across a range of functions including Sales, Foodservice, Commercial Strategy, Marketing, Finance, Operations and People & Performance and travel to our sites to see exactly how our products gets made. As a Kraft Heinz Graduate you will be adding value as a full-time employee from day one; doing real work and delivering real results.

Designed to broaden your knowledge of how a multinational food company operates, the 12-month program includes:

  • Functional bootcamp with hands-on induction into all the different functions to provide you with the experiences you will need to be successful as a future leader within Kraft Heinz
  • Field Sales placement to live and breathe our value of being consumer obsessed
  • Delivering a Business Project with real business impact
  • Business Placement where you will develop a deep understand of one of our functions

What we’ll give you

  • International exposure – You’ll be part of an Australia & New Zealand cohort, as well our broader International Management Trainee Program
  • Permanent contract – from the commencement of the Graduate Program
  • Training & Development – intensive training and exposure to different business units
  • Mentorship & support – you will learn from our strongest leaders, with your own dedicated mentor and buddy
  • Highly competitive benefits

What we're looking for

  • Bachelor or Masters Degree completed in 2020 or 2021 – Business, Commerce, Marketing, Finance, Economics, and Accounting are advantageous, however this program is open to graduates from any discipline
  • Full, ongoing working rights in New Zealand at time of application
  • Willingness to move across functional areas, and relocate to different cities / rural areas or countries
  • Strong extra-curricular achievements that reflect a proactive attitude and ownership
  • Passionate about being challenged daily and ready to constantly learn, develop and grow

International Supply Chain Graduate Program

Our Kraft Heinz International Supply Chain & Manufacturing Graduate Program is a functional program for graduates seeking an exciting career in Operations, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Engineering and/or Quality.

Commencing January 2022 in one of our manufacturing sites across New Zealand (Hawke’s Bay, Auckland, Christchurch or Dunedin), you will join the ANZ cohort of our Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing Trainee Program. Designed to broaden your knowledge of how a multinational food company operates, the 12-month program includes:

  • Intensive, hands-on onboarding focused on our Operations & Supply Chain functions, complemented by a Commercial bootcamp focused on Marketing, Sales and Category
  • Training in Six Sigma Belt, Kraft Heinz Manufacturing Excellence Program and a range of other foundational business training
  • A factory Team Leader assignment, where you will develop a deep understanding of our manufacturing processes while also strengthening your leadership skills
  • A site-based efficiency/productivity improvement Business Project where you can apply your learnings to create real business impact

This 12-month program will prepare you to transition into an Operations Management or Technical Expertise path at one of our factories following graduation from the program.


What we’ll give you

  • International exposure – You’ll be part of an Australia & New Zealand cohort, as well our broader International Management Trainee Program
  • Training & Development – intensive training and exposure to different business units
  • Fast-tracked career progression – Real responsibility from day one, leading teams and working on projects with real business impact

What we're looking for

  • Bachelor or Masters Degree completed in 2020 or 2021 – Engineering, Science & Supply Chain are advantageous, however this program is open to graduates from any discipline
  • Full, ongoing working rights in New Zealand at time of application
  • Willingness to move across functional areas, and relocate to different cities / rural areas or countries
  • Strong extra-curricular achievements that reflect a proactive attitude and ownership
  • Passionate about being challenged daily and ready to constantly learn, develop and grow

Hear from Kraft Heinz grads


Brand Manager
"My favorite part of my Kraft Heinz journey so far has been the opportunity to work with various people across the many different functions of our business. The willingness of the team to share their knowledge and guide my learning has been phenomenal. Since the Graduate Program finished I have found myself part of the NZ Marketing team, working with great people to connect our powerful brands to New Zealanders’ needs."
Sales Graduate

"Early last year, I started to search for potential graduate roles and eventually I realized that Kraft Heinz’s competencies and values resonated with me. I decided that Kraft Heinz would be a good fit and offer great progression for my future. There’s such an emphasis on meritocracy and career progression so if you work hard you could do really well within the company which is a unique and attractive aspect for young employees like me."
Research & Development Technologist
" I joined the Private Label team in R&D based in Hawkes Bay. Throughout my first year, I worked across a variety of product categories including jam, soup, canned fruit, sauce, etc. The sheer range of products in the KHC portfolio offers unparalleled technical experience in both food processing and product development. As a Graduate, KHC recognizes your potential and will provide you with a high level of responsibility. As part of this, on top of your day-to-day responsibilities, Graduates are tasked with a project that aims to positively impact Kraft Heinz’s business operations. My project involved redefining the process of getting a Private Label Product Development project from concept to launch. The Graduate Programme has offered the best start to my career I could have imagined. It has provided me with an incredible opportunity to develop a broader understanding of how the company functions as a collective unit. Kraft Heinz has continually demonstrated the focus they place on supporting both career and personal development. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that I will encounter as I continue my career with Kraft Heinz."
Brand Manager, Marketing
"Coming from a Marketing perspective, it was the wide range of brands and the products in the company’s portfolio, that attracted me to the Graduate Programme. As a grad here at Kraft Heinz, you’re not restricted to how many questions you are allowed to ask, so once you’re here ask as many questions you can."
Marketing Activation Manager
"My career at Kraft Heinz started as a graduate in 2017. During my grad program, I had amazing opportunities to work across various functions within our business such as Marketing, Sales, Finance and Human Resources. I got to own amazing projects that delivered real results and gave me a great sense of personal achievement. I continue to enjoy the steep learning curve and a fast-paced environment."