Manager, R&D - Packaging Development (Meals and Kits)
Glenview, IL 
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description
Job Description

Here at Kraft Heinz, we grow our people to grow our business, because we believe that great people make great companies. When you join our table, you can expect access to an array of holistic wellness benefits* and perks, including medical, dental and vision coverage, 7% 401(k) matching, Business Resource Groups (BRGs) to help foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all employees, an industry-leading total rewards package that emphasizes a high discretionary bonus.

*Benefits begin 30 days after hire for hourly employees, and immediately upon hire for salaried employees.

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Manager, R&D - Packaging Development at a glance...

This is a Research and Development (R&D) Packaging managerial and technical role, responsible for the North American Shelf Stable Meals categories. Directly leading developers and potentially contractors. This individual should have a proven record of developing as well as performing work plans and committing to results in a variety of settings. Proven communication, teamwork, and people development skills are essential in this role, which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment. You will be responsible for packaging development to meet business initiatives focused on Growth, Brand Maintenance and Value Engineering. The candidate must also have a technical background to lead/implement packaging projects and be able to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations. This position requires an individual to balance multiple tasks concurrently and demonstrate the ability to complete work with minimal guidance. Exhibiting a collaborative approach and applying innovative solutions are a must.

What's on the menu?
  • Directly lead a team of Packaging developers and potentially contractors
  • Partner with the Packaging ESG and Technology team to establish programs for the Corporate ESG goal by 2025
  • Develop junior staff including creation of development plans, building collaboration, and mentoring on their project workload
  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners in Operations, Marketing, and Quality, influencing strategic projects
  • Understand and be proficient in day-to-day routines and systems for commercialization
  • Participate in Stage Gate, STAR Tech Stage Gate and Resource Prioritization meetings, providing R&D input

Recipe for Success - apply now if this sounds like you!
  • BS required; Subject area in Packaging, Materials Science, or Chemical Engineering preferred
  • Minimum of 5+ years packaging development in the food or consumer products industry
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and implement technically complex packaging projects
  • Excellent communication, influencing, project management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to lead, mentor and motivate others
  • Independently lead multiple projects concurrently with the ability to prioritize
  • Strong understanding of Design of Experiments
  • Willingness to travel up to 30%


Location(s)Glenview R&D Center

Kraft Heinz is an Equal Opportunity Employer that prohibits discrimination or harassment of any type. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants who require an accommodation to participate in the job application or hiring process should contact .

It is the continuing policy of The Kraft Heinz Company to afford full equal employment opportunity to qualified employees and applicants, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental handicaps, military or veteran status, sexual preference, or any other protected condition or characteristic in conformity with all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations.
Final candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Company sponsorship. Exceptions requesting work visa sponsorship will be reviewed on a case to case basis.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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