General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 12-Mar-2024

Ref #: R-80314

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

Description & Requirements

Here at Kraft Heinz, we grow our people to grow our business, because we believe that great people make great companies. When you join our table, you can expect access to an array of holistic wellness benefits* and perks, including medical, dental and vision coverage, 7% 401(k) matching, Business Resource Groups (BRGs) to help foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all employees, an industry-leading total rewards package that emphasizes a high discretionary bonus.

*Benefits begin 30 days after hire for hourly employees, and immediately upon hire for salaried employees.

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Principal Scientist, R&D – Sustainability/Technology Packaging at a glance...

  • This is a Research and Development (R&D) Packaging technical innovation role, in the ESG Technology Packaging Group. This position offers the candidate an excellent opportunity to identify, drive and lead innovative and disruptive packaging innovation technology and design initiatives that will be instrumental in delivering novel, competitively and cost advantaged solutions across the Kraft Heinz portfolio. The role includes identifying research, design and innovation pathways, demonstrating proof of concept, scale up, and commercialization or transition of technologies and innovative solutions to the business unit.
  • This individual must have strong design, innovation, technical and commercialization skills and be able to link innovative packaging solutions to numerous applications, while demonstrating intellectual curiosity, problem solving, leadership, championing ideas, and project management skills. This position requires an individual to lead multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently with a high degree of autonomy. Exhibiting a collaborative approach both internally and externally is a must..

What's on the menu?

  • Handle multiple/large initiatives with complex scopes and/or cross enterprise platforms concurrently
  • Work with internal teams and cross functional partners to understand opportunities and build solid plans with defined timing and results.
  • Build and coordinate relationships with suppliers, technology partners, design and innovation partners to drive pkg innovation solutions
  • Complete design exploration, build innovation and research plans, implement patent/literature reviews, complete tech documentation, conduct or direct prototyping, lab testing, consumer testing, qualification on pilot and/or production equipment
  • Translate consumer insight and technical research findings into meaningful solutions, communicating results and driving decisions in packaging design and innovation to drive adoption
  • Act as technical/commercialization expert for junior developers and flex onto projects requiring problem solving
  • Lead and drive functional training and process improvements for the pkg organization
  • Present to global teams, senior leadership and key partners
  • Have a high degree of autonomy

Recipe for Success - apply now if this sounds like you!

  • BS/MS/PhD in Packaging, Mechanical, Materials, Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in Packaging Development or Research and commercialization (which can include graduate work and/or internships)
  • Expert understanding of packaging materials, functionality, qualification and commercialization of multiple packaging formats, design of experiments and ability to mentor others in these areas
  • Expert understanding of packaging design and innovation and ability to mentor others in these areas
  • Excellent, proven communication, influencing, project/platform management and problem-solving skills
  • Strong ability to lead, coach and motivate others
  • Manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to prioritize work for self and others.
  • Willingness to travel 30%


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 that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact