General information

All posting locations: Southbank, Victoria, Australia

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 16-May-2023

Ref #: R-69704

Description & Requirements

About the role

The R&D Packaging Technologist is responsible for undertaking the packaging research and development of new and existing products and processes- with a specific focus on Value Engineering to enable the company to meet its commercial- marketing and production objectives.

Initiate and lead packaging related projects for the purpose of Value Engineering- Quality or Process Improvement.

  • Assist the business in identifying and supporting Value Engineering opportunities by working with internal stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Deliver projects right first time on time with effective project management.
  • Sound design results at the lowest total cost (materials- operations and logistics) while achieving the project brief.
  • Packaging design which meets the company’s obligations to the Australian Packaging Covenant and the New Zealand Packaging Stewardship scheme where practical
  • Specification and associated documentation development and control.

Support Head of R&D as key link to packaging suppliers and to keep abreast of developments in industry and marketplace.

  • Ensure Heinz in at forefront on innovative packaging solutions- maximising profit from new and improved packaging.
  • Ensure suppliers provide Heinz with best outcomes in terms of packaging performance- cost and innovation.

About you

  • Tertiary qualification in Food Science- Food Technology- R&D or similar
  • Previous packaging/R&D experience within a FMCG company is highly desirable
  • Strong cross functional team member with a partnership approach
  • Proactive with excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage tight timelines.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong technical understanding of packaging materials including canning- bottle glass and pouch materials.
  • Deep knowledge of the role packaging plays in food safety- shelf life- food interaction- transit and customer and consumer requirements.
  • Eligibility to work in Australia

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.

  • In-house training programs - Access to our online learning platform- Ownerversity for continuous learning and development.

  • Career Development - Opportunity to be mentored by excellent leaders and have on-the-job skill development and coaching.

  • Cultural Leave - Two days paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of fulfilling or observing religious- ceremonial or culturally significant days.

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!

We are proud to announce that we have been recognised as a Skilled Workplace by Mental Health First Aid Australia.


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.

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes.