General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 12-May-2023

Ref #: R-69946

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

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


About Us

Kraft Heinz is a global food company with a delicious heritage. With iconic and emerging food and beverage brands around the world, we deliver the best taste, fun and quality to every meal table we touch. We’re on a mission to disrupt not only our own business, but the global food industry. A consumer obsession and unexpected partnerships fuel our progress as we drive innovation across every part of our company.

Around the world, our people are connected by a culture of ownership, agility and endless curiosity. We also believe in being good humans, who are working to improve our company, communities, and planet. We’re proud of where we’ve been – and even more thrilled about where we’re headed – as we nourish the world and lead the future of food.

Why Us

We grow our people to grow our business. We champion great people who bring ambition, curiosity, and high performance to the table as the guardians of our beloved and nostalgic brands. Good isn't good enough. We choose greatness every day by challenging the ordinary and making bold decisions. All while celebrating our wins - and our failures – as we work together to lead the future of food.

Challenging the status quo takes talent. We invest in your purpose and potential by developing skills and nurturing strengths that leave a legacy on our business and a lasting impact on your career. Because great people make great companies, and we’re growing something great here at Kraft Heinz.

Office Collaboration & Hybrid Work Environment

We believe our office environment fuels our collaboration, connection & community as an organization and allows our employees to grow toward greatness. We also believe providing a more flexible and agile model is essential in today’s workplace. A majority of our office-based employees will be able to work remotely for up to two days each week. Additionally, employees who are subject to this hybrid model will be eligible to work from anywhere for up to six weeks in a rolling 12-month period (in maximum two-week increments and according to benefits and tax guidelines). Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in office depending on the role’s responsibilities and requirements.

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 for assistance.