Development Chemist - Personal Care, Cosmetics and Homecare

Posted 03/07/2024 by Cinnamon Recruitment Ltd

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
£40,000 - £50,000/annum Excellent Benefits package

This position is the latest in a growing technical team at my client’s Milton Keynes site. A new Beauty and Personal Care/Home Care I&I lab was set up in 2022 with the main purpose being to create example formulations, provide technical support, work with supplier raw materials and hold customer-based seminars.

This new role is critical in ensuring development projects are launched on time and in full. An experienced cosmetic chemist in product development will manage short and long-term development work within the technical team, providing technical support, and work on formulation developments within skincare, haircare, suncare, colour cosmetics and toiletries.

Reporting to the Technical Manager, you will work closely with the client’s broader technical network, and their Marketing functions. You will be based in the Milton Keynes lab, with the potential for occasional travel to customers and to attend Team and Industry events as required.

Your responsibilities:

  • Working with the Technical team and independently to formulate and manufacture new or improved cosmetic products within haircare, skincare, suncare, colour cosmetics, toiletries and homecare.
  • To ensure that all assigned work is delivered in a timely manner and that all associated requirements, objectives, and targets are fully met
  • Assist with validation, maintenance and calibration of any equipment used in the lab
  • Filling finished cosmetic samples for customers and organising and sending out formulation samples
  • Helping with research and preparation for customer meetings and seminars
  • Stability testing
  • Troubleshooting issues arising with formulations at all stages
  • Assist with creating Technical Marketing presentations for the external Home and Personal Care team as well as supporting Beauty and Personal Care, Home Care I&I Managers in the creation of presentations for customers and suppliers
  • The role would require working 5 days a week in the lab, unless requested to be in meetings at other sites or with customers

Ideal Candidate:

  • Will have at least 3-5 years+ of proven development and formulation experience working with skincare, haircare, suncare or homecare products.
  • Has a keen interest in the Home & Personal Care Industry and is aware of the structure, trends and issues facing the UK industry
  • Has a degree or equivalent qualification incorporating aspects of Chemistry, Cosmetic Chemistry, or a related subject, with desirably an SCS diploma qualification
  • Is experienced working in an R&D environment within the manufacturing (preferably chemical) industry
  • Has a strong sense of urgency and ability to drive work forward to meet targets and timelines
  • Is a team player, supporting colleagues when needed and working as part of a team
  • Has an awareness of the Team’s need to achieve sales growth driving Product Technical Marketing activities, and has a persistent approach when faced with difficulties and challenges
  • Has demonstrable problem-solving / troubleshooting skills regarding technical issues
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