General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 08-Nov-2023

Ref #: R-72435

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

Description & Requirements

Scientist, R&D - Packaging Dev - Margin Enhancement

This is a Research and Development (R&D) role leading Productivity and Supply Packaging initiatives across all businesses within the Kraft Heinz North America.  The candidate will be developing and executing work plans and driving for results to meet business initiatives focused on productivity idea development and execution.  This includes basic understanding of the business need, commercialization, designing and executing tests, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting, and communicating results to both technical and non-technical audiences.  Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role, which operates in a dynamic cross-functional environment.  The candidate must also have a strong technical background and ability to think critically to apply prior knowledge and scientific principles to new situations.  This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently and with a moderate degree of autonomy.  Collaboration, growth-oriented mindset, and flexibility are a must.

Key Components of the role

  • Work with cross functional teams to lead and support projects from concept to commercialization, including Marketing, Operations, Quality, External Manufacturers, and Procurement

  • Demonstrate the willingness and ability to learn new product categories and/or processing/packaging areas

  • Manage multiple assignments/development projects concurrently to meet R&D timelines

  • Call out and discuss priority conflicts between a variety of business initiatives

  • Design, support, and execute plant trials, then summarize and translate results clearly for technical and non-technical teams

  • Package commercialization working closely with teams at production plants, suppliers and manufacturing partners

  • Adapt and apply scientific principles to new situations/products and have a moderate degree of autonomy

  • Create and update multi-component specifications with attention to detail


  • BS/MS Packaging Science, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field

  • Minimum of 2 years in a Technical Function (which can include all graduate and/or internship work)

  • Pack development and commercialization experience as well as direct experience with are desired but not a prerequisite

  • Understanding of material functionality and interrelationship of ingredients, process, and packaging

  • Excellent communication, influencing, prioritization, and project management skills

  • Strong critical thinking skills and ability to make connections to the big picture

  • Ability to lead, coach, and motivate others

  • Manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to question the priority of work

  • Strong understanding of Design of Experiments

  • Willingness to travel approximately 30% of the time


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