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. While Kraft Heinz is co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, 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.
We spark joy around mealtime with our iconic brands, including Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Heinz, Philadelphia, Lunchables, Velveeta, Planters, Maxwell House, Capri Sun, Ore-Ida, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, Primal Kitchen, and Classico, among others.
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 & 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.
This Packaging Development position will primarily support the Canada Zone Retail Category and Brand Innovation teams, supporting projects across various. The position will be based in Glenview, IL and could work on brands such as Kraft Dinner, Maxwell House, Kool Aid, Crave, amongst others. The role provides opportunities to support and lead packaging development initiatives for innovation, channels, and maintenance of packaging to enable growth while ensuring quality objectives and business continuity for Kraft Heinz.
The candidate will be scoping and executing technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on delivering ongoing NSV and Innovation Pipeline for the Zone. This includes designing and executing tests, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting, communicating results cross functionally, and commercialization of pipeline opportunities. Communication and teamwork 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 manage multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently and demonstrate the ability to complete work with minimal guidance. The candidate is expected to lead his or her projects and exhibit a collaborative mindset to apply solutions. Ready?
The candidate will lead packaging development projects from concept to commercialization to help drive execution of ongoing business deliverables, inclusive 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
Manage multiple projects with complex scope concurrently
Support general brand maintenance to ensure business continuity across multiple categories as needed.
Interface with all related technical experts and US/Category packaging scientists to understand and leverage technologies and applications.
Manage 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 thorough technical documentation.
Be a big dreamer.
BS/MS - Packaging, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or related fields
1+ 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% (longer term). Travel could include (but not limited to): within United States and Canada to internal plants, co-manufacturers, and suppliers.
Kraft Heinz is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will be considered for the MBA opportunities, regardless of race, religion, faith, creed, age, ethnicity, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Job seekers with disabilities who require accommodation during the recruitment process or would like more details about accessibility should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Glenview R&D Center
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