General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 05-May-2023

Ref #: R-69676

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

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:

  • Packaging and Processing


  • 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

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 - 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.