About Us

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!

Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration

We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.

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: Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 03 - Packaging Development

Date Published: 04-May-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

The Opportunity

Here is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the top tier Global FMCG companies in New Zealand- become part of a super energetic and fast-paced R&D team driving iconic brands such as Wattie’s- Heinz- Chef- Gregg’s- Eta and many more!

Unlike most other global FMCG businesses- we develop our brands locally- we create our NPDs locally- we manufacture locally… and if you prove yourself here in NZ- the world is your oyster!

As a Packaging Technologist- you will have the opportunity to initiate and lead packaging related projects for the purpose of NPD- cost reduction- sustainability- quality or process improvement.

It’s a Question of Taste

Do more- be more. Whatever your aspirations- experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We’ll give you the freedom to explore and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you’ll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.

Key Responsibilities

  • To undertake the packaging research and development of new and existing products and processes to enable the company to meet its marketing and production objectives.
  • Support Head of R&D as key link to packaging suppliers and to keep abreast of developments in industry and marketplace.
  • Respond and provide technical support in resolving packaging related quality issues within the factories and marketplace.
  • Ensure that packaging specifications within the area of responsibility are kept relevant and accurate
  • Work with our suppliers to produce the best outcomes in terms of packaging performance- cost and innovation
  • Creating packaging designs which are compliant with the Australian Packaging Covenant and the New Zealand Packaging Stewardship Scheme

About You

  • Degree in Science- Technology or Engineering
  • Qualification in Packaging Technology
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in an FMCG company in a packaging or technical related field
  • Strong understanding of packaging materials- canning- bottle- glass and pouch materials and processes
  • Understand the role packaging plays in food safety- shelf life- food interaction- transit and customer/consumer requirements

Benefits Program

We empower our people to own their work- and it’s true our employees are our competitive advantage – so we take care of our Kraft Heinz family with our ‘Live Well’ benefits program:

  • Hybrid Working- flexibility around when and where you work
  • Gatherings - monthly drinks & nibbles- End of Year Celebration
  • Wellbeing - annual health checks & flu shots- onsite wellbeing sessions & webinars
  • Volunteering – volunteer days with Foodbank- meal packing events for our Global partner Rise Against Hunger
  • Parental Leave - 12 weeks paid parental leave for primary caregivers

The Kraft Heinz Company Australia & New Zealand is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces- promotes and values diversity and inclusion. Research shows that candidates from underrepresented backgrounds hesitate to apply for roles if they feel they don’t meet 100% of the criteria. So- if this opportunity excites you and you think you have skills and experience that can add value (even if not specified)- please don’t hesitate to apply!


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