Associate Licensing Manager

The Kraft Heinz Company

About Us

The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!

Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration

We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.

As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

Position Details

Associate Licensing Manager
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

The Associate Licensing Manager is a highly collaborative member of the North American Growth Office focused upon strategic execution for licensing partnerships. As the keeper of this crucial component the Associate Manager will own the tactical internal strategy to ensure successful brand activation.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Own outbound licensing strategy that is comprehensive and integrated with Partnerships/Collabs strategy and supports critical metrics 
  • Build inbound licensing strategy to support broader team strategy & objectives through effective negotiation terms of deals - check-ins on programs - reviews of concepts & products as needed 
  • Meet regularly with cross functional partners such as Brand Comm & Platform leads to drive alignment on strategy/execution on both inbound and outbound deals - and discuss future needs 
  • Partner with KHC legal and accounting to ensure accuracy in contracting - negotiations - and other legal protocols are completed for deals 
  • Manage/direct licensing agency efforts & maintain/build KHC's roster of licensing - partnerships and collaboration contacts 
  • Support KHC Finance teams to ensure proper payment & reporting for all royalty earnings
  • Bachelor’s Degree required 
  • Minimum of 3 years of proven experience in licensing that drives and understanding of the dynamics - best practices/benchmarks and strategic value of licensing in order to prioritize deals pursued 
  • Proficient understanding of brand strategy and of how licensing can build or dilute brand equity 
  • Agency management skills to direct and prioritize agency partner time and efforts 
  • Strong communications skills to work efficiently with internal parties (brand & legal) 
  • Strong process orientation to ensure proper quality - safety protocols are followed (DSA - Plant Audit - 3rd party consumer safety evaluation - etc.)

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