A Senior Research and Development Chemist is an experienced researcher/formulator who combines technical knowledge and innovation when formulating a variety of personal care products, cosmetics and OTC products (sunscreens and anti-acne) from concept to finished products based on customers’ requests. Shows the ability to look at different brands’ gaps and develop products based on those gaps or customer specification. The Senior R&D Chemist II demonstrates strong leadership and communication skills that are utilized within the organization and with external customers.
- Responsible for initiating project concepts, developing objectives, planning and assigning priorities, and completing multiple projects under minimal supervision.
- Independently investigate/resolve research problems/scale up issues.
- Communicate with customers on technical aspects as well as regulatory and performance.
- Utilize and follow relevant legal requirements, regulations and product development standards.
- Determine and perform appropriate cost reductions (raw materials).
- Scale-up of approved formulations, to include identification of critical process variables.
- Troubleshoot production issues and address batch variations.
- Set product specifications and write compounding procedures.
- Supervise and coordinate pilot batches.
- Provide paperwork for new formulas and new raw materials to operations.
- Provide specifications and other information to QC to receive and test new ingredients and finished goods.
- Test stabilities and monitor testing statuses.
- Research product formulations and properties and interactions of raw materials.
- Vendor research for raw materials.
- Compose and check ingredient lists, QQs and artwork
- Interpret results of laboratory findings and assess risks involved in new products and communicate findings to sales and upper management.
- Remain up to date and current on trends in the retail market and trends on formulations materials, ingredients, etc.
- Training, mentoring and supervising lab staff (permanent and temporary).
- Other duties as assigned.
- Advanced formulation skills and technical knowledge
- Thorough understanding of FDA regulations and cGMP’s
- Drives creative research and strategic recommendations for product development
- Able to translate consumer insights into actionable recommendations to achieve exceptional consumer satisfaction
- Proven ability to manage multiple projects, in a fast-paced environment under short deadlines, tolerance for business ambiguity; the ability to thrive under quickly changing situations; adaptable, with ability to meet short turnaround times.
- Methodological mindset to test new ideas and work towards valid results.
- Proven ability to manage external suppliers and ensure top value and performance for the organization
- Self-motivated and able to operate independently, as well as work effectively with others
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- High level of initiative, innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Ability to work cross-functionally & at all levels within the organization including senior leadership
- Exceptional attention to detail and high level of accuracy & organization
- Ability to work as part of a team and excel independently in fast-paced environment
- Ability to adapt quickly to changing policies and procedures
- Demonstrated leadership skills
- Proficient with Microsoft Office
Required Education and Experience
- BS in Chemistry, Cosmetic Science, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related sciences with 8+ years of formulating personal care products
- -OR- advanced degree in cosmetic chemistry and more than 6 years’ experience.
Preferred Education and Experience
- PhD or Master’s Degree in Chemistry, Cosmetic Science, Chemical Engineering or related field 10+ years of experience in formulation of personal care products
- 10+ years of experience in formulation of personal care products
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