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Principal Scientist, R&D - Packaging Development

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Job Details
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Company Name
Kraft Heinz
Physical Address

Glenview, IL 60026
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 CollaborationWe’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.

Job Description

Role / Title

+ This is a Research and Development (R&D) Packaging technical role, in the Packaging Technology Platforms/Pipeline Group. 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 research pathways, demonstrating proof of concept, technology scale up, and commercialization or transition of technologies to the business unit.

+ 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

+ Work with internal teams and cross functional partners to understand opportunities and build solid plans with defined deliverables.

+ Manage multiple/large initiatives with complex scopes and/or cross enterprise platforms concurrently

+ 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

+ Build and coordinate relationships with suppliers and technology partners to drive technology pathways

+ Translate research findings into meaningful recommendations, communicating results and driving decisions and technology adoption

+ Lead and drive functional training and process improvements for the pkg organization

+ Have a high degree of autonomy


+ BS/MS/PhD in Packaging, Mechanical, Materials, Chemical Engineering or related field

+ Minimum 6 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

+ Manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to prioritize work for self and others.

+ Willingness to travel 30%

Location(s)Glenview R&D CenterEqual Opportunity Employer-minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity


Everyone is welcome at our table. In fact, we thrive on learning and growing from our diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, or who makes your heart sing. We want you to show up as your authentic self, excited to work with amazing colleagues to solve complex challenges and innovate in an ever-changing industry.

We’re committed to:

+ Hiring and growing talent from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

+ Growing our Business Resource Groups – vibrant, celebrated communities that enhance our business through thought leadership employee engagement and professional development opportunities.

+ Providing our managers and leaders high quality learning experiences to explore how to foster inclusion and belonging.

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