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  • Who is Kraft?

  • Role of Information Systems at Kraft and an overview of applied technologies

  • A day in the life of an IS professional

  • Internships

  • Employee Development

  • New Information Systems Professional Council

  • Some extras

  • Questions

Who we are
Who We Are ...

  • Largest branded food and beverage company headquartered in the US

  • Part of the Philip Morris family of companies

  • 113,000 employees worldwide with 55,000 + employees in the US

  • Headquartered in Northfield, Illinois

  • Management sites in Glenview, IL; Rye Brook, NY; Tarrytown, NY; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Madison, WI; and East Hanover, NJ

  • In 2001, Kraft generated 34 billion in revenue

Who we are1

Hold the #1 share position in 21 of 25 the most profitable categories in the US

In 2001, 61 of our brands earned more than $100 million in sales

In 2001, 6 of our brands earned more than $1 billion in sales including:

Kraft cheeses, dinners and salad dressings

Maxwell House coffees

Nabisco cookies and crackers

Oscar Mayer meats

Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese

Post Cereals

Who We Are …

Our mission
Our Mission ... categories in the US

  • To be recognized as the undisputed leader of the global food and beverage industry in the eyes of our

    • Consumers

    • Customers

    • Stockholders

    • Employees

Our core values
Our Core Values ... categories in the US

These are the values by which we operate and which shape everything we do:

  • Focus

  • Innovation

  • Passion

  • Speed

  • Trust

  • Teamwork

What you probably don t know
What You Probably Don’t Know categories in the US

  • 99 percent of US households enjoy Kraft products

  • Each day, more than 100 million consumers across North America enjoy at least one Kraft product

  • Leading marketplace innovator in the food industry, with more than 500 new patents granted since 1990

  • One in every 10 cows in America supplies Kraft with raw materials for the company’s dairy products

  • Kraft focuses philanthropic donations in the areas of hunger, domestic violence and arts education

Our success is driven by growth
Our Success Is Driven By Growth categories in the US

Two avenues are being aggressively pursued to grow our business.

  • Acquisitions

    • Nabisco (biscuits, snacks and confections)

    • Balance Bar (health and wellness)

    • Boca Burger (health and wellness/vegetarian)

  • New Products/Product Innovations

    • Altoids Citrus, Sour Citrus, Sour Tangerine & Ginger (new flavors)

    • DiGiorno Bread Bakes

    • Oreo Cookie Barz and Chips Ahoy Cookie Barz

    • Pasta Pronto

And a winning work climate
And A Winning Work Climate categories in the US

  • Value our employees

  • Value diversity

  • Committed to helping you manage

    your work and your personal life

  • Fun, Supportive Environment

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Role of IS At Kraft categories in the US


An Overview of Applied Technologies

Role of information systems
Role of Information Systems categories in the US

  • Kraft IS staff totals approximately 1300 people

  • IS professionals at Kraft provide:

    • The technology and information that help make more timely and strategic business decisions

    • Strategies to improve business results

    • Ideas to more efficiently and effectively manage Kraft's work processes

Supporting the business
Supporting the Business categories in the US

  • A systems group supports each business function

  • IT supports the infrastructure ofthe entire company

  • Corporate Affairs

  • Finance

  • Human Resources

  • Marketing Services

  • Operations

  • Procurement

  • Sales and Customer Service

  • R&D/Quality

  • IT

Technology infrastructure
Technology Infrastructure categories in the US

  • Shift from mainframe to client server and AS/400 platforms

  • Increased use of intranet/internet technology

    • Recent development of E-Commerce division

    • Increased development of “Web Based” applications

  • Overall reduction in the number of languages used in development to help streamline support

  • Expansion of database environment to leverage data warehousing technology

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A Day In The Life categories in the USOf An IS Professional

Same title different description
Same Title, categories in the USDifferent Description

  • Every position at Kraft is different.

    • Will be placed according to skills and interests

    • Hundreds of projects are running concurrently

    • Each project is in a different stage of it’s life


    • Each business function has different projects.

    • Each project has different demands.

Two key areas of responsibility
Two Key Areas of Responsibility categories in the US

  • Application Development

    • Designing, coding, testing and implementing and supporting new systems that are used to support the business functional areas

    • Development in COBOL, Visual Basic, JAVA ...

  • Information Technology

    • Provide the data, tools and capabilities to deliver core information services in such areas as Operating systems (Unix, AS400, NT), Internet technologies, Database administration (DB2, ORACLE)

    • These positions tend to, but not necessarily, support cross company projects or more than one user group

What to expect
What To Expect categories in the US

  • A position that has responsibilities in both Application Development and Information Technology

  • Main objective will be to support the business

    • To support your Client on an adhoc basis

    • To support applications and vendor software

  • Manage small projects

  • Early responsibility/visibility/impact

  • Make a difference from the outset

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Employee Development categories in the US

Career planning and development
Career Planning and Development categories in the US

  • Individual, interactive career planning

    • Semi-annual review process

    • Continual manager/employee one-on-ones

    • Internal job posting system

      • Lateral job changes

      • Promotions

    • Business division vs. corporate functional areas

    • New Information Systems Professional Council

    • Career development seminars

    • Open door policy with all levels of management

Career planning all things considered
Career Planning - categories in the USAll Things Considered

  • Room to grow

    • IT Professional or Application Development career paths are available

    • Platform of interest

    • Corporate function vs business unit

  • Programs in place to meet your development needs

    • MAP rating process

    • Mentor programs

    • Kraft core competencies

Training opportunities
Training Opportunities categories in the US

  • On-the-job training

    • Knowledge sharing between team members

    • Hands on experiences

    • Self taught

  • Classroom training

    • Kraft instructed

    • Vendor instructed

  • In-depth business or technical training

    • Brown bags and seminars

    • Encouraged to attend your clients training to better understand the business

Training opportunities cont d
Training Opportunities Cont’d categories in the US

  • Minimum of 10 Kraft Education Unit (K.E.U.) are required per year

  • Project management certification program

    • Managing projects in organizations

    • George Washington University courses taught on-site

  • Kraft education assistance program

In addition to your every day responsibilities
In Addition To Your categories in the USEvery Day Responsibilities

  • Opportunities to voluntarily participate in

    • Junior Achievement

    • NISPC

    • Habitat for Humanity

    • Kraft Cares Day

    • Hispanic Council

    • African American Council

    • Asian American Council

    • Recruiting

    • Many more...

  • A great way to become more involved with Kraft

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  • Mission categories in the US

    • To assist in the development and recruitmentof Kraft IS Professionals by providing opportunities to build working relationships and become knowledgeable about areas of the Kraft IS Organization outside of their project teams

  • Benefits of Joining

    • A fun way to develop as a Kraft Employee

    • Team building and networking opportunities

    • Exposure to other divisions and their projects

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  • Community service events categories in the US

  • Social events

    • Systems volleyball tournament

    • After work happy hours

  • Professional growth and developmentseminars and brown bag lunches

    • E-Commerce updates

    • Career planning overview

  • Quarterly newsletters

Facilities categories in the US

  • Work out facilities

    • Inside gym and outdoor track

    • Basketball and volleyball tournaments

    • Fitness classes

    • Golf league, bowling league, running club

    • Gym laundry service

  • Company store

    • Discounted Kraft products

    • Film processing

    • Gift packages

  • Dry cleaning services

Facilities cont d
Facilities Cont’d categories in the US

  • Travel services

    • Corporate and personal travel

  • Health services

    • Flu shots

    • Cholesterol screening

  • Credit union

    • Personal banking

    • Competitive rates for loans and leases

Work life balance
Work Life Balance categories in the US

  • Flex time

    • 37.5 hour work week

    • Core work hours

    • Select opportunities to occasionally work from home depending on job responsibilities

  • Great benefits and extras

    • Health, dental and thrift plans

    • Discounted auto insurance

    • Travel specials

    • Business casual dress code

    • Many more...

Why kraft
Why Kraft? categories in the US

  • Kraft realizes that you are important to the business and provides the opportunities to manage visible projects on Your own

  • Kraft is a large, dynamic, international food company with endless opportunities to grow and develop in ways that meet your personal goals

  • It’s a fun place to work where it’s easy to meet people professionally and socially

Come check us out
Come Check Us Out... categories in the US

Questions? categories in the US