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 businesses, be based in Glenview, IL and primarily work on developing the packaging VE/DTV strategy for the zone to enable growth while ensuring business continuity for Kraft Heinz Canada. The role will engage closely with cross functional team members to drive creation of pipelines and opportunities to deliver on ongoing VE targets for the zone. Additionally, the role will lead spec excellence for packaging R&D within the zone, ensuring proper processes are created and adhered to around specifications for our portfolio. The role provides opportunities to lead initiatives within the zone and further collaborate with global technical partners within NA and EU on an overall pipeline strategy.
The candidate must have strong technical skills and be able to link learnings to a diverse range of applications. Demonstrating intellectual curiosity, problem solving, leadership, and project management skills, while ensuring connectivity to ongoing/future brand strategies, will be key to the role. This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently with a high degree of autonomy. The candidate is expected to exhibit a collaborative mindset to apply solutions. Ready?
Manage the packaging resources and budgets for value engineering and design to value platform to drive execution, directing project team members as needed.
Possess strong technical aptitude and functional skills: experienced across multiple packaging areas with technical depth to apply on a variety of materials and businesses.
Work directly, interface, and influence cross-functional team (Marketing, Procurement, Operations, and Supply Chain) and vendors.
Develop and implement best practices around knowledge capture, transfer, and reuse within VE, DTV, and Spec Excellence for packaging.
Lead Canada Zone spec excellence tracking and processes for packaging team.
Manage VE/DTV Pipeline development for Canada packaging.
Own and deliver on multiple initiatives with complex scope concurrently.
Interface and collaborate with technical experts in US/EU zones to share and leverage technology and process development.
Execute project plans, including prototyping, lab tests, consumer tests, qualification on pilot and production scale equipment.
Build and coordinate relationships with suppliers and technology partners to drive synergies and pipeline opportunities.
Maintain clear and thorough technical documentation.
Manage junior developers and contractors on the CoE team and flex onto projects requiring problem solving.
Drive functional training and process improvements for the packaging team.
Have a high degree of autonomy.
Be a big dreamer.
BS/MS - Packaging, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or related fields
5+ years of experience in packaging development for consumer product industry
Desire for experience in the food industry
Ability to work effectively autonomously, and in a team environment
Extensive understanding of packaging material interactions, functionality, qualification and commercialization of multiple packaging formats, design of experiments and ability to coach others in these areas
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, proven communication, influencing, project/platform management and problem solving skills.
Executional excellence, personal leadership and prioritization skills
Ability to learn new materials and processes quickly
Strong ability to lead, coach and motivate others
Manages multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to prioritize work for self and others.
Willing to travel up to 30%. 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 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: email@example.com .
Glenview R&D Center
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