Full Job Description
Kraft Heinz, The Company
As one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, we are proud to spark joy around mealtimes with a global portfolio of more than 200 brands. Some are iconic master brands like Heinz, Kraft and Planters. Others are fast growing new sensations that defy status quo like DEVOUR and Primal Kitchen. No matter the brand, we are united under one vision To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World . Bringing this vision to life are our 36,000+ teammates around the world, making food people love.
Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership and commitment with Rise Against Hunger. And we also stand committed to sustainability, and the health of our planet and its people.
Every day, we are transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you’re passionate like us - and ready to create the future, build on a storied legacy, and participate as a conscientious global citizen - there’s one thing to do join us.
Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration
We’re not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. It all comes down to the way we empower our people to own their work. It’s true Our employees are our competitive advantage.
As part of the Kraft Heinz family you’re supported to grow and achieve. You’re recognized and rewarded for outstanding performance at every level. You’re given the opportunity to leave your mark and build legacies. But you won’t do it alone. This is where our values and teamwork thrives and collaborative spirit fuels every day.
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%
Glenview R&D Center
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity