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General information

All posting locations: Warrendale, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 01 - R&D Management

Date Published: 12-Nov-2020

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

Role Description

This position is a technical role- responsible for creating and driving technical projects and demonstrating leadership within the packaging function. This candidate should also have a proven record of executing work plans and driving for results in a variety of settings. This includes analyzing data- drawing conclusions- documenting- and communicating results. Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role- which operates in a cross-functional environment. Candidate will be responsible for packaging development as well as installing- commissioning and qualifying new packaging equipment. In addition- candidate will be consulted for trouble shooting- collaborating with manufacturing facilities- quality and equipment vendors. 

Key Components of the role

  • Independently lead packaging development and commercialization of material and packaging systems to deliver against short and long term business objectives
  • Manage technical timelines- provide timely communication- raise issues and risks- and develop contingency plans leveraging strong project management skills
  • Coordinate and conduct functional testing including lab testing- plant trials- package qualifications
  • Responsible for identifying- defining- and solving technical packaging challenges
  • Collaborate and partners with suppliers to identify new technology opportunities- optimizing the utilization of Kraft Heinz and supplier resources and tools
  • Estimate cost impact and provide financial guidance relating to packaging materials and equipment
  • Elevate the competence and know-how of junior developers through training and coaching
  • Establish self as a technical subject matter expert in packaging materials- applications- testing and problem-solving
  • Management of junior staff including creation of development plans- building teamwork- and balancing of workload
  • Strategic project influence in collaboration with OPS and marketing


  • BS- MS- or PhD in Packaging- Materials Science- or Chemical Engineering
  • Minimum 8-10 yrs packaging development experience in the food or consumer products industry
  • Proven ability to lead and execute technical complex packaging projects
  • Experience with rigid plastics- flexible and semi-rigid films- tray sealing- and MAP packaging is desired.
  • Knowledge of sustainability and green initiatives
  • Ability to lead- coach and motivate others
  • Excellent communication- influencing- and problem solving skills
  • Able to manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to prioritize work
  • Strong understanding of Design of Experiments
  • Use of  TOPS- SAP- Agile or other data management systems
  • Willingness to travel 30%

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