General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 23-Feb-2024

Ref #: R-78353

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

Description & Requirements

Job Description

Are you passionate about packaging innovation and ready to make a significant impact on iconic brands? Join the dynamic and cross-functional team at Kraft Heinz Research & Development as a Packaging Scientist! We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead packaging development projects across our Platforms, working with renowned brands like Oscar Mayer, Kraft, Maxwell House, Kool Aid, and many others!

As a Packaging Scientist, you will have the opportunity to drive innovation, renovation, and maintenance of packaging, enabling growth and ensuring quality objectives and business continuity for Kraft Heinz. From crafting and performing tests to analyzing data, presenting results cross-functionally, and commercializing pipeline opportunities, you will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our packaging solutions.

What’s on the menu?

  • Lead packaging development projects from concept to commercialization, driving the execution of ongoing business results and broadening the innovation pipeline.
  • Act as the packaging lead, working closely with cross-functional teams to ensure timely execution across multiple projects.
  • Simultaneously lead multiple projects with complex scopes, demonstrating exceptional project management skills.
  • Provide support for general brand maintenance to ensure business continuity across multiple categories as needed.
  • Collaborate with technical authorities, US/Category packaging scientists, and leverage technologies and applications.
  • Manage technical timelines, communicate effectively, identify and address issues and risks, and develop contingency plans.
  • Conduct lab tests, pilot plant trials, and large-scale tests to optimize packaging performance within manufacturing facilities.
  • Write detailed specifications to ensure consistent, high-quality products.
  • Maintain clear and comprehensive technical documentation.
  • Embrace a visionary mindset and think big!

Recipe for Success: Apply now if this sounds like you!

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Packaging, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or related fields.
  • A solid background in the Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG)/Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry or a comparable field, with Packaging expertise in a relevant category.
  • Exceptional teamwork skills and ability to thrive in a collaborative environment.
  • In-depth understanding of packaging material interactions and functionality.
  • Demonstrated executional excellence and personal leadership.
  • Highly motivated problem solver with a drive to achieve objectives in a complex environment.
  • Ability to plan and execute well-thought-out design experiments, anticipate next steps, and adjust course when facing challenges.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding prioritization and project management abilities.
  • Quick learner with the ability to adapt to new materials and processes rapidly.
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% within the United States and Canada, visiting internal plants, co-manufacturers, and suppliers.

Please note: This job posting is just a preview of the full scope of the position. A comprehensive job description is shared upon interview.


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