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The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!

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As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 01 - R&D Management

Date Published: 02-Sep-2021

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

The Role

This position is a technical role- responsible for creating and driving technical projects and demonstrating leadership within the packaging function. This candidate should also have a proven record of executing work plans and driving for results in a variety of settings. This includes analyzing data- drawing conclusions- documenting- and communicating results. Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role- which operates in a cross-functional environment. Candidate will be responsible for packaging development as well as installing- commissioning and qualifying new packaging equipment. In addition- candidate will be consulted for troubleshooting- collaborating with manufacturing facilities- quality and equipment vendors.

Key Components

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

· Manage technical timelines- provide timely communication- raise issues and risks- and develop contingency plans leveraging 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 partner with suppliers to identify new technology opportunities- optimizing the utilization of Kraft Heinz and supplier resources and tools

· Estimate cost impact and provide financial and CAPEX guidance relating to packaging materials and equipment

· Elevate the competence and know-how of junior developers through training- coaching- and delegation of work

· 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

· Collaborate with Marketing/Sales to be a partner with operators/consumers to drive innovative packaging

· Collaborate with RD product- Consumer Insights- and Culinary to drive improvements and solve consumer pain points while delivering business strategy

· Drive ideation and cross functional brainstorming to deliver against NPD/Innovation/CE initiatives


· 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 packaging- and modified atmosphere packaging desired

· Knowledge of sustainability and green initiatives

· Ability to lead- coach and motivate others

· Excellent communication- influencing- and problem solving skills

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

· Strong understanding of Design of Experiments

· Willingness to travel 30%

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity