Full Job Description
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 & Future of Work Expectations
Our highest priority is always the health 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. This will enable our transition to hybrid work while maximizing the wellbeing of our entire team.
We believe the office is a critical driver of innovation, connection and development, but also realize providing more flexibility to our employees is critical in this new world. Starting in January 2022, the majority of our salaried employees will be able to work virtually for up to two days each week to create a more agile and modern workplace. Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in person depending a role’s responsibilities and requirements.
All posting locations: Glenview, Illinois, United States of America
Job Function: 10 - R&D
Department: 10 - 03 - Packaging Development
Date Published: 01-Nov-2021
Job Type: Regular
Description & Requirements
Role / Title
This is a Research and Development (R&D) Packaging technical role- in the Away From Home Category. This position offers the candidate an excellent opportunity to identify- drive and lead innovative and disruptive packaging technology initiatives (for innovation- sustainability and cost savings) that will be instrumental in delivering novel- competitively and cost advantaged solutions across the Kraft Heinz portfolio.
The role includes identifying sustainable packaging solutions- evaluating design to value projects and commercialization of new technologies/materials
This individual must have strong technical skills and be able to link technologies to applications- while demonstrating intellectual curiosity- problem solving- leadership- and project management skills.
This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently with a high degree of autonomy
Exhibiting a collaborative mindset and applying innovative solutions are a must
Key Components of the role
Responsible for identifying and implementing sustainable packaging solutions across the away from home portfolio.
Work closely with tech platform team and global away from home teams to evaluate sustainable packaging solutions.
Assist DTV (Design to Value) team identify value add or cost savings opportunities for consumers and operators.
Build and coordinate relationships with suppliers and technology partners to identify new innovative packaging materials and technologies that can be adapted to food packaging Collaborate with operators to bring innovative packaging solutions to improve efficiencies and solve unknown needs.
Strong technical capability that is able to identify potential risks- and cost considerations throughout project implementation
Manage multiple initiatives with complex scopes and possess ability to influence business decisions based on probability of success and complexity to implement.
Able to qualify and commercialize identified solutions across a wide range of products- packaging formats- and manufacturing equipment.
Understanding of APR guidelines- existing recycling streams- and ability to review current packaging formats to identify non sustainable items.
Highly motivated individual able to work on own initiatives and collaborate with others.
and/or cross enterprise platforms concurrently.
Understand cost implications of new packaging and communicate changes to business team.
Work with internal teams and cross functional partners to understand opportunities and build solid plans with defined deliverables.
Act as technical/commercialization expert for junior developers and flex onto projects requiring problem solving
Execute research plans- including patent/literature reviews- prototyping- lab testing- consumer testing- qualification on pilot and/or production equipment
Translate research findings into meaningful recommendations- communicating results and driving decisions and technology adoption
Lead and drive functional training and process improvements for the packaging organization
Have a high degree of autonomy
Engage with external vendors to identify sustainable packaging solutions applicable in the away from home category
Understand existing and emerging material recovery channels and limitations for away from home packaging.
Understanding of APR guidelines and ability to review current packaging formats to identify gaps
BS/MS/PhD in Packaging- Mechanical- Materials- Chemical Engineering or related field
Minimum 5 years of experience in Packaging Development or Research and commercialization (which can include graduate work and/or internships)
Expert understanding of packaging materials- functionality- qualification and commercialization of multiple packaging formats- design of experiments and ability to coach others in these areas
Excellent- proven communication- influencing- project/platform management and problem solving skills
Strong ability to lead- coach and motivate others
Experienced with MS office suit and able to work on MS teams
Manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to prioritize work for self and others.
Willingness to travel 30%
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity