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Sep 12

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Cosmetic and Skincare – Research and Development Manager (JHB)

Cost to company R40 000 to R50 000 per month – depending on experience

A fantastic opportunity has opened for an ambitious Research and Development manager to join the fast-growing team at our leading beauty business, helping to drive growth at an exciting and busy time.

We are looking for a confident, motivated, hardworking, engaging and dedicated individual with a ‘can do’ attitude. You will be instrumental in working with the senior management team specialising in bespoke product development and formulation, significantly contributing to commercial targets and planning processes.

Working with premium brands and developing high quality products, we live and breathe innovation, new technology and are at the forefront of our industry.

Key Responsibilities

New Product Development

  • Working with the commercial team on NPD briefs taking from concept through to launch
  • Working with customers on briefs, technologies, textures and innovations
  • Oversee and co-ordinate the research and development of new products as per request.
  • Development for formulas through stability, micro and compatibility testing
  • Issues formulae, method of manufacture and finished product specification of all approved products within 72 hours of formula submission being approved by customer.
  • Compilation of product dossiers on final project approval to include all technical data on raw materials researched and used, all development formulae, the final approved formulation, the product costing, the ingredient listing, the master batch manufacturing record and any other relevant notes pertaining to the project.
  • Responsible for researching and developing new products per quarter to add to general formulation database.
  • Present new ideas and ‘blue sky’ formulations to new and existing customers
  • Keeping up to date on trends and attending cosmetic seminars and events
  • Pushes the boundaries to live and breathe innovation

General Management

  • Acting as duty chemist across the factory during manufacturing process being a trouble shooter and solution focused
  • Manages the development of team by ensuring that project tasks are in line with each member’s key competency areas and interests when possible.
  • Keeps development team well informed of changes within the organization and general corporate news.
  • Keeps project manager well informed of status of development effort and serves as liaison between development staff and project manager.
  • Ensures technical team owns the development lifecycle and is responsible for managing technical risks throughout the project
  • Communicates and enforces coding standards and reviews performance of developers and administrative members.
  • Resolves and/or escalates issues in a timely fashion.
  • Manages technical resources within budget and project schedule.
  • Keeps track of lessons learned and shares those lessons with team members.
  • Manages client interaction and expectations regarding development efforts.
  • Develops lasting relationships with client personnel that foster client ties.
  • Communicates effectively with CRM (customer facing team) to identify needs and evaluate alternative technical solutions.
  • Continually seeks opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen client relationships.
  • Builds a knowledge base of each client’s business, systems and objectives.
  • Suggests areas for improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions.
  • Leads or partake in internal teams/task forces.
  • Reviews the status reports of team members and addresses issues as appropriate.
  • Complies with and helps to enforce standard policies and procedures.
  • Manage the generation and preservation of Company Intellectual Property, including archiving/storage of designs, documentation of know-how, and general maintenance of the company’s IP portfolio.
  • Provide product support and other technical support to operational functions in the most efficient manner for all concerned
  • Establish critical path schedule with timelines in conjunction with project coordinator.
  • Initiates stability and compatibility testing of all new products as well as existing products when necessary

KEY COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Commercial acumen – apply commercial intelligence to formulations and genera operation of the lab
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Organisation & Communication – Excellent organisation and communication skills
  • Motivated – Ability to be self-motivated and work as part of a team
  • Creativity: Natural flare for product development and innovation
  • Interest – Natural and organics

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 

  • Proven experience in formulating in the skin care, personal care and colour cosmetics sector
  • Educational requirements include a high school diploma, and BSc or National Diploma in Chemistry or equivalent experiential training/experience.
  • Coschem Diploma will be an added advantage.
  • At least 5 or more years’ experience in Toiletries/Cosmetic in R&D environment
  • The company may administer dexterity or academic tests to ensure the applicant will be able to perform duties efficiently. Required skills can include the ability to sort, test, disassemble and reassemble products or goods.

Company location: Midrand Johannesburg

Email resumes to: Cosmeticsvacancies@gmail.com

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