What it's really like inside Heinz
We asked the marketing team at Heinz what it's like to work there
What are the perks of the job?
You never go hungry - there are beans, soup, ready meals and desserts aplenty. Plus the opportunity to work for one of the world's most trusted brands.
Heinz is planning a multi-million-pound campaign for later this year. How do you come up with ideas?
Fresh ideas come from sources including market research, workshops, agencies, suppliers and customers. We spend a lot of time interacting with consumers in their homes, cooking dinner or shopping.
What is the main marketing challenge you face?
Innovating fast enough.
Describe the marketing team in three words.
Energetic, committed, commercial.
Is there a dress code?
Monday to Thursday is business attire. Friday is smart-casual.
Does the marketing team socialise outside office hours?
Our office is in Hayes, which has yet to be recognised as the social hub of the South East, although Uxbridge, Ealing and Chiswick are not far away and the local Red Lion pub is good.
What are the hours like?
People do what it takes to get the job done.
What is Heinz like for training and career progression?
We have an excellent global marketing academy as well as leadership development, management and coaching programmes.
What about the salary and benefits package?
The total benefits package is comprehensive and very competitive. High performance is recognised and rewarded.
Are there any downsides?
The need to drive to the office or use public transport can sometimes limit the post-work socialising opportunities.
Is there anything else interesting about your office?
Our Grade II*-listed building was commissioned in the 50s by HJ Heinz II, the grandson of the company's founder.
- HJ Heinz Company's headquarters is at South Building, Hayes Park, Hayes, Middlesex UB4 8AL.
- The company employs 3500 staff, of whom about 60 are marketers.
- Key brands include Heinz, HP, Weight Watchers from Heinz, Amoy and Lea & Perrins.
- Heinz holds number-one spots in all its key markets.
- Its annual global turnover is $10.1bn.
- Dave Woodward is president, Heinz UK and Ireland; Giles Jepson is marketing director, beans, kids meals and soups; Adrian Mooney is marketing director, sauces; Paul Sternlieb is marketing director, frozen.
This article was first published on marketingmagazine.co.uk
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