Formulations Chemist

Benefits - Full

Relocation Assistance Available - Possible for the ideal candidate

The Formulations Chemist is responsible for formulating topical cosmetic products for the spa/massage markets. The role is primarily New Product Development, but also serves as the main technical point of contact supporting the manufacturing, regulatory, and commercial teams.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


1. New Product Development of topical cosmetic products for the Spa/Massage Markets.

∑ Collaborates with Marketing to understand the needs of the customer and determine the design requirements for a new product.


∑ Formulates new products.


∑ Ensures packaging and formula are compatible and function appropriately (meets design requirements).


∑ Works with Manufacturing to complete the process development of the new products. (Ensuring that, during the transition from lab to plant, the appropriate mixing procedures, process specifications, and finished product specifications are put in place.)


∑ Ensures formulas comply with appropriate FDA regulations


∑ Manages 3rd party testing of new products, including, but not limited to skin safety testing, preservative challenge and preservative efficacy testing, flash point, and stability testing. This includes writing/approving the protocols and reviewing/approving the reports. When needed the Formulations Chemist may assist in the transfer or development of analytical methods. Keeps paper and electronic records for all testing.


∑ Documents all design and development activities as appropriate to comply with US and International regulations as well as our procedures.


∑ Provides technical input as required to satisfy requirements for project Business Reviews.


∑ Assists Purchasing as appropriate with the identification and qualification of vendors.


∑ Monitors and evaluates new ingredients, packaging, and technologies to determine if they are appropriate for our products. This may involve attendance at trade shows and seminars.


2. Project Management of New Product Development Projects. The Formulation Chemist will coordinate the activities of the cross functional business team so that products are launched on time. This responsibility includes such things as:


∑ Scheduling Project Meetings and coordinating the agenda


∑ Facilitating Meeting Discussion; Moderating to keep the discussion on track


∑ Issuing Meeting Minutes


∑ Working with the team members to establish the project plan (timeline)


∑ Using the agreed upon timeline as a tool, track the progress of the project and communicate status to Director, NPD.


3. Provides technical support to the following additional business functions:


∑ Manufacturing


∑ Purchasing/Strategic Sourcing


∑ Marketing


∑ Sales


∑ Customer Service


∑ Regulatory Affairs


∑ Quality Assurance





Education/Experience: Bachelorís degree in Chemistry. 1 to 3 years of experience formulating cosmetics preferred.


Communication Skills: Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with both technical and non-technical personnel. Demonstrates ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of teammates, managers, vendors and customers. Must have good listening skills.


Able to write technical reports and procedures that are accurate, organized and easily understood. Numeric data should be represented effectively.


Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems.


Design/Innovation: Displays original thinking and creativity. Introduces new ideas and finds better ways of doing things within confines of position. Able to conceptualize. Offers unique, innovative approaches to problem solving.


Project Management : Must be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of Project Management principals and be able to successfully manage multiple projects. Leads projects and communicates changes and progress.


Computer Skills: Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and Project.


Supervisory Responsibilities: There are no direct supervisory responsibilities.


Work Environment:


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


∑ Will be exposed to manufacturing and lab environments.


∑ Will be exposed to hazardous chemicals and should be familiar with the Hazard Communications standard.


∑ The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


∑ Position may require limited travel (both domestic and international)


Physical Demands:


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


∑ The employee may assist with production/manufacturing processes

1+ to 2 years of experience

Minimum Education - Bachelor's Degree

Willingness to Travel - Occasionally