General information

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

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Date Published: 22-Feb-2024

Ref #: R-79596

Remote, Hybrid or Onsite: Hybrid

Description & Requirements

Here at Kraft Heinz, we grow our people to grow our business, because we believe that great people make great companies. When you join our table, you can expect access to an array of holistic wellness benefits* and perks, including medical, dental and vision coverage, 7% 401(k) matching, Business Resource Groups (BRGs) to help foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all employees, an industry-leading total rewards package that emphasizes a high discretionary bonus.

*Benefits begin 30 days after hire for hourly employees, and immediately upon hire for salaried employees.

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Senior Scientist, R&D - Packaging Development Platform at a glance...

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 outstanding individual to lead packaging development projects across our Platforms, working with renowned brands like Oscar Mayer, Kraft, Maxwell House, Kool Aid, and Crave.

As a Sr Scientist, you will have the opportunity to drive innovation, renovation, cost savings and brand maintenance of packaging, enabling growth and ensuring quality objectives and business continuity for Kraft Heinz technical leadership role and will play a crucial role in crafting the future of our packaging solutions.

Opportunities Available:

  • Meals & Kits
  • Sauces & Condiments
  • Packaging & Processing

What's on the menu?

  • Work with cross functional teams, acting as packaging lead to drive execution across multiple projects from different product categories.
  • Lead multiple assignments/research projects concurrently and possess the ability to prioritize between a variety of business initiatives.
  • Complete packaging testing, qualification and commercialization while working closely with cross-functional team members in laboratory and production environments.
  • Translate research findings into relevant business opportunities and communicate to cross-functional teams
  • Adapt and apply scientific principles to new situations/products
  • Specification creation and updating, with attention to detail

Recipe for Success - apply now if this sounds like you!

  • BS/MS in Packaging, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field
  • This candidate should have a consistent record of carrying out work plans and committing to results in a variety of exciting and sophisticated settings, passionate about growth, cost savings and brand maintenance and quality improvement.
  • This includes understanding the business need, designing, and implementing tests, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting, communicating results, and commercializing products.
  • Proven communication and collaboration skills are critical in this role, which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment.
  • The candidate must also have a technical background and be able to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations.
  • This position requires an individual to prioritize multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently and demonstrate the ability to work autonomously, a majority of the time.
  • Proven experience in Packaging Development and commercialization (which can include internships)
  • Strong understanding of key subject matter in areas such as packaging materials, pkg equipment/materials interaction, and packaging laboratory test methods
  • Excellent communication, influencing, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate others.
  • Willingness to travel 30%


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