Senior Scientist, R&D – Packaging Development

  • Company:
    Kraft Heinz Company
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 day ago
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Senior Scientist, R&D – Packaging Development

Glenview, IL

About Us

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.

Job Description

Role / Title

  • This is a Research and Development (R&D) Packaging technical role, in the Flavorful Hydration platform of the Kids, Snacks and Beverage BU. 
  • This position offers the candidate an excellent opportunity to lead and execute packaging technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on growth, sustainability, brand maintenance and quality improvement. This includes understanding the business need, designing and executing tests, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, documenting, communicating results, and commercializing products. 
  • Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role, which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment. The candidate must also have a technical background and be able to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations.
  • 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 cross functional teams, acting as packaging lead to drive execution across multiple projects primarily under the Capri Sun brand, within the Flavorful Hydration platform
  • Apply technical expertise to packaging development programs on materials ranging broadly across rigid, flexible, paperboard, corrugated and more against a wide variety of applications for Flavorful Hydration products
  • Manage multiple assignments/research projects concurrently and possess the ability to prioritize between a variety of business initiatives
  • Execute packaging development, testing, qualification, and commercialization while working closely with cross-functional team members in laboratory and production environments
  • Translate sustainability research findings into meaningful recommendations, communicating results and driving decisions and technology adoption
  • Adapt and apply scientific principles to new situations/products
  • Specification creation and updating, with attention to detail
  • Act as technical/commercialization expert for junior developers and flex onto projects requiring problem solving


  • 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
  • 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 40%


Glenview R&D Center

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity

Posted 19 Days Ago

Full time


About Us


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.