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General information

All posting locations: Glenview, Illinois, United States of America

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 03 - Packaging Development

Date Published: 25-Jul-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

The Kraft Heinz Research & Development team is seeking an Associate Scientist – Packaging Dev to work within our North American Business units. The position could work on brands such as Oscar Mayer- Kraft- Maxwell House- Kool Aid- Crave- amongst others. This position provides opportunities to support and lead packaging development initiatives for innovation- renovation- and maintenance of packaging in one of our North American R&D business units. Our project opportunities allow individuals to grow their technical leadership and technical packaging skills through direct interaction with cross-functional teams and introduce innovations to the consumer-packaged goods market.

Potential Opportunities Available Within:

  • Canada and Coffee

  • Fresh- Beverages and Desserts

  • Packaging and Processing

  • Taste- Meals and Away From Home

Job Duties:

  • Develop and implement new package launches from concept to commercialization

  • Assist developing and implementing new product launches from concept to commercialization

  • Optimize packaging quality

  • Plan and complete experiments and summarize results

  • Support/lead project teams as a proactive technical resource

  • Collaborate with business teams to implement initiatives including innovation- renovation- sustainability- brand maintenance- cost optimization- and strategy

  • Implement consumer tests in collaboration with Consumer Sciences team

  • Develop and manage deliverables to achieve R&D timelines

  • Build and lead packaging specifications and related databases

  • Design and conduct plant trials involving a variety of products and packaging materials

  • Maintain technical documentation

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Packaging- Engineering- Material Science- or adjacent technical discipline preferably

  • Desired experience in the food or consumer products industry

  • Shown leadership and understanding of commercialization and/or margin improvement programs across multiple technologies

  • Willing to travel up to 30% pending business needs

  • Ability to work in office- lab- and manufacturing environments

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Highly motivated with a sense of urgency

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize sophisticated projects and routine job functions

  • Demonstrate a desire for constant learning


Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for protected individuals, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact HRCompliance@kraftheinz.com for assistance.