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General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 01 - R&D Management

Date Published: 16-Aug-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

This position is a technical and managerial role- responsible for creating and driving technical projects and demonstrating leadership within the packaging function of the AFH/KHI team. This candidate should have a consistent track record of implementing work plans and aiming for results in a variety of settings. This includes analyzing data- drawing conclusions- documenting- and presenting results. Proven communication- partnership- and people development skills are critical in this role- which operates in a cross-functional environment. Candidate will be responsible for collaborating with cross functional network to help build a robust pipeline of Innovation- NPD- Brand Maintenance- and other projects.  In addition- candidate will be consulted for trouble shooting- collaborating with manufacturing facilities- quality and equipment vendors.

Key Components of the role

  • Independently lead packaging development and commercialization of material and packaging systems to deliver against short and long term business objectives

  • Lead technical timelines- provide timely communication- raise issues and risks- and develop contingency plans using strong project management skills

  • Coordinate and conduct functional testing including lab testing- plant trials- package qualifications

  • Responsible for identifying- defining- and solving technical packaging challenges

  • Collaborate and partners with suppliers to identify new technology opportunities- optimizing the utilization of Kraft Heinz and supplier resources and tools

  • Elevate the competence and know-how of junior developers through training- coaching- and external networking

  • Establish self as a technical subject matter expert in packaging materials- applications- testing and problem-solving

  • Management of junior staff including creation of development plans- building teamwork- and balancing of workload.

  • Strategic project influence in collaboration with OPS and marketing.

  • Help plan and execute budget needs for technical and capital execution

  • Be consumer driven and elevate Innovative Packaging to help solve consumer difficulties

  • Self motivating with a sense of urgency to prioritize against Kraft Heinz’s overall strategic path- both within the role and from a broader company delivery

  • Understand and be proficient in day to day routines and systems for commercialization

Qualifications

  • BS- MS- or PhD in Packaging- Materials Science- or Chemical Engineering

  • Minimum 7 yrs packaging development experience in the food or consumer products industry

  • Proven ability to lead and execute technical complex packaging projects

  • Experience with rigid plastics- flexible and semi-rigid films- tray sealing- and MAP packaging is desired.

  • Demonstrated the ability to lead- coach and motivate developers of all levels

  • Excellent communication- influencing- and problem-solving skills

  • Able to manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to prioritize work

  • Ability to apply processes and improve with recommendation where needed

  • Strong understanding of Design of Experiments

  • Willingness to travel 30%

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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.