General information

All posting locations: USA-IL, , United States of America, USA-PA, , United States of America

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 20-Mar-2023

Ref #: R-66001

Description & Requirements

The Kraft Heinz Research & Development team is seeking Packaging Scientist to work in our North American Business units. The position could work on brands such as Oscar Mayer- Kraft- Maxwell House- Kool Aid- Crave- amongst others. The role provides opportunities to support and lead packaging development initiatives for innovation- renovation- and maintenance of packaging to enable growth while ensuring quality objectives and business continuity for Kraft Heinz. 

The candidate will be prioritizing and performing technical projects to meet business initiatives passionate about delivering ongoing NSV and Innovation Pipeline for the business unit. This includes crafting and performing tests- analyzing data- drawing conclusions- detailing- presenting results cross functionally- and commercialization of pipeline opportunities. Communication and partnership skills are essential in this role- which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment with partners in Operations- R&D- Marketing- Procurement- Finance- Supply Chain- external packaging material suppliers- co-manufacturers and business partners. The candidate will need to be comfortable working across all packaging formats and be able to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations.

This position requires an individual to lead multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently and demonstrate the ability to complete work with minimal mentorship. The candidate is encouraged to lead their projects and exhibit a collaborative mentality to apply solutions.

Potential Opportunities Available Within:

  • Fresh- Beverages and Desserts

  • Packaging and Processing

  • Taste- Meals and Away From Home


  • The candidate will lead packaging development projects from concept to commercialization to help drive execution of ongoing business results- broad of innovation pipeline and ongoing business continuity.

  • Work closely with cross functional teams- acting as packaging lead to drive execution across multiple projects while maintaining and achieving timelines to ensure speed to implementation

  • Lead multiple projects with complex scope concurrently

  • Support general brand maintenance to ensure business continuity across multiple categories as needed.

  • Interface with all related technical authorities and US/Category packaging scientists to understand and leverage technologies and applications.

  • Handle technical timelines- provide clear and timely communication- raise issues and risks- and develop contingency plans leveraging project management skills

  • Conduct lab tests- pilot plant and large scale tests within manufacturing facilities to optimize packaging performance.

  • Write specifications- with attention to detail- that deliver consistent- high-quality products.

  • Maintain clear and detailed technical documentation.

  • Be a big dreamer.


  • BS/MS - Packaging- Chemical Engineering- Material Science or related fields

  • 2+ years of experience in packaging development for consumer product industry

  • Desire for experience in the food industry

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Comprehensive understanding of packaging material interactions/functionality.

  • Executional excellence and personal leadership.

  • Highly motivated problem solver and the drive to deliver objectives in a complex environment.

  • Ability to plan- put together well thought out design of experiments- anticipate next steps and incorporate course corrections when hurdles appear.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication

  • Executional excellence- personal leadership and prioritization skills

  • Ability to learn new materials and processes quickly

  • Willing to travel up to 30%. Travel could include (but not limited to): within United States and Canada to internal plants- co-manufacturers- and suppliers.


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.

Vaccination & Office Collaboration Expectations

Our highest priority is always the health, wellbeing, and safety of our Kraft Heinz family. We require our office-based, home-based, R&D, and sales team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless approved for a medical or religious accommodation.

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 - Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Groups/Women/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and other protected classes. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for protected individuals, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.