General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 05-Feb-2024

Ref #: R-76774

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

Description & Requirements

Are you ready for a challenging and unique type of Packaging R&D role? This position is a Scientist, Packaging Developer on the Agile Disruption Innovation R&D team, where the individual will be challenged to immerse themselves with the consumer and develop new disruptive food-based solutions. This individual will work with one to three small cross-functional teams (“pods”) where collaboration, trust, and ownership drive the team forward while engaging in the Agile @ Scale framework at Kraft Heinz.

As a Scientist, you will be a critical part of the Build and In-Market Validation Phases of the project where promising disruptive concepts are brought to life. You will collaborate with the cross-functional Core Pod Team to understand the key design principles and guardrails to incorporate into the product design. Iterative development will begin with scrappy prototypes and benchtop experiments with promising solutions progressing through pilot plant and factory scale-up. While working with the R&D Technical Lead for sprint-to-sprint activities, the Package Developer will have a clear line of ownership and accountability for specific technical workstreams with significant influence over solution development. Success is measured by validating consumer behavior and quantitative metrics across Desirability, Feasibility, and Viability OKRs.

In addition to this Scientist’s technical contributions, they will also support cross-functional aspects of the project in areas related to consumer insights, marketing, and financial viability. 

This is an individual contributor role with leadership opportunities through organizational influence and partnership with internal technical functional partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with R&D Technical Lead to prioritize development tasks

  • Lead execution of all aspects of package development (primary, secondary, tertiary, etc)

  • Explore and evaluate potential suppliers and development partners

  • Complete rapid prototyping and iterative solution development that achieve design principles

  • Innovate within Procurement, Legal, Food Safety and Quality project guardrails

  • Scale promising solutions for plant trials and product launch

  • Embrace Agile WOW and Agile @ Scale playbook, provide feedback on developing process

  • Support cross-functional project workstreams as needed

  • Contribute to required technical documentation

Qualifications / Skillsets Required to be Successful

  • Desire to learn and apply Agile Ways Of Working

  • Demonstrated competency within the commercialization process, including multiple aspects of packaging development: POs, Specifications, performance testing, tooling, DSA, etc.  (2+ years)

  • Strong drive for results, willingness to experiment, and values progress over perfection

  • Comfortable operating with mid-high levels of autonomy

  • Openness to think and do things differently

  • Growth mindset, model lifelong curiosity and learning

  • Willingness to take risk

Experiences Gained in This Role

  • Agile WOW: Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Sprint frameworks

  • Cross-functional partnership and collaboration

  • Iterative solution development with consumer-based experimentation

  • Creative problem solving and rapid prototype development

  • Comfortable in being uncomfortable


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