Chemist - Hair Care & Toiletries

Location Buckinghamshire
Discipline: Chemicals, Personal Care & Cosmetics
Job type: Chemist
Salary: £from £35k+ with excellent bonus & benefits
Contact name: Jeremy Clarke

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Job ref: 272
Published: 5 months ago

​Location: UK Laboratory

Exciting Product Development and Formulation role developing hair care and toiletries products for the global market. You will be working closely with suppliers, customers and the global sales team to design new products and improve existing products. Key responsibilities will be project management, formulation development, sample production (5-10Kg), providing technical support, liaising with supplier raw materials and hold customer-based seminars.


  • Projects are carried out on time, both short and long-term R & D within the global technical team, providing technical support, and formulation developments.

  • Reporting to the Group Technical Leader, you will work closely with other R & D groups, technical network and the sales & marketing functions.

  • You will be based in the lab, with the potential for occasional travel to customers and to attend company, supplier and Industry events as required both locally and internationally.

  • Formulate and manufacture new or improved products for the hair care and toiletries markets

  • Ensure projects are delivered in a timely manner and that all, objectives, and targets are fully met

  • Sending formulation guides and carrying out stability, challenge and fibre testing

  • Testing protocols and analysis of findings

  • Re-order samples, packaging and maintain the samples log

  • Troubleshooting issues arising with formulations at all stages

  • Assess and track Return on Investment from the division Technical Marketing activities

  • Assist with creating presentations for the external team.

Ideal Candidate:

  • You will have a keen interest in the Personal Care Industry and is aware of the structure and global trends and issues facing the industry

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification incorporating aspects of Chemistry, Cosmetic Chemistry, or a related subject, with desirably an SCS diploma qualification

  • Must have worked in an R&D environment within the manufacturing (preferably chemical) industry

  • Has product development experience from the personal care industry, ideally in the segment of hair care and toiletries

  • 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

  • Proven skills in problem-solving and troubleshooting regarding technical issues

  • The ideal candidate will need to be able bodied as you will be standing in the laboratory for extended periods and lifting heavy items up to 10Kg

  • You must have the right to work in the UK, sponsorship is not available

  • A UK driving license is preferred

In return you will have the opportunity to develop your career, benefit from a competitive salary, bonus scheme, generous pension and death in service.