Jun 26

Education Officer – Society of Cosmetic Chemists

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists seeks an energetic and passionate person to fill the role of Education Officer. The ideal candidate would need to have good people skills and a knowledge of Chemistry and the Cosmetic Industry. In addition they would need to be trustworthy and act in a confidential manner and with integrity in all instances. Experience in tutoring or mentoring would be an added advantage as would be the possession of a Cosmetic Science Diploma.
The candidate will need to oversee and carry out all the duties associated with the Cosmetic Science Diploma Course. This includes but is not limited to marking, moderation, setting of tasks, binding of units, updating of notes, hosting student events, dealing with student queries and issues, Chairing the Education Committee and reporting in at Council Meetings. Detailed Duties and Responsibilities are documented in a separate document.
The position will be based on flexi-hours to accommodate the nature of the workload which fluctuates during the year from slack to very busy. The candidate would preferable need to reside within easy travel distance to Coschem Office which is based in Randpark Ridge. The position is a fulltime consultancy position and would require the candidate to spend time in the Coschem Office as deemed necessary. A monthly sum will be paid for this position on the understanding that the candidate needs to fulfil all the duties and responsibilities that come with the position in a timeous manner.
Total package offered 20K – 23K per month
All interested candidates to send their CV to eduline@vodamail.co.za
*Please note that Executive Management reserves the right to only interview those candidates whom they consider duly qualified.

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Jun 20

Cosmetic Chemist – Meadowdale JHB

Main responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • Development of new formulations and reformulation of existing products where necessary, this includes the production of samples for approval by the customer, trials and testing purposes.
  • Overseeing and participating in the manufacturing of cosmetic products.
  • Ensuring that formulations comply with criteria set in the manufacturing documents and giving clearance to fill batches
  • Ensuring GMP compliance in the manufacturing environment
  • Complying with and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)
  • Controlling deviations according to SOP’s
  • Producing samples in the laboratory
  • Administration of relevant paperwork including maintenance and organising of logs & records
  • Ensuring that laboratory equipment is maintained and calibrated
  • Routine testing and data capturing
  • Maintaining registers and manufacturing related paperwork
  • Stock take of inventory used for manufacturing
  • Problem solving of stock take discrepancies
  • Maintaining Quality Control standards in both laboratory an manufacturing environments



  • A BSc Degree with Matric Maths on HG
  • Efficient in Microsoft Office
  • Bilingual in English and Afrikaans
  • A Coschem Diploma or equivalently relevant qualification (will be beneficial)
  • Product Development Experience in the Cosmetic Industry (will be beneficial)


Required traits:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent time management, organisational and writing skills
  • Must have the ability to work independently and be a good team player
  • Responsible, dependable, enthusiastic, punctual and trustworthy
  • Accurate and attend to detail
  • The ability to adapt to change quickly
  • Ability to prioritise and maintain work performance under pressure
  • Dedication and commitment
  • The ability to apply logic to all situations
  • The ability to identify problems quickly and to take appropriate action
  • Must have market knowledge on the latest trends in product development


  • To apply please send your CV and a letter of motivation, as to why we should consider you for the position to Tiffany-Jade Fourie on the email address indicated below.
  • All applications must be sent before 23 June 2017
  • Salary structure is very competitive and will be discussed during interview, based on experience and qualifications.



*Please note that Management reserves the right to only interview those candidates whom they consider duly qualified.

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May 31

Development Chemist – CT

AVI Limited is home to many of South Africa’s leading and best-loved brands.  Listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in the Food Products sector, and centred on the FMCG market, AVI’s extensive brand portfolio includes more than 50 brands.  Our single-minded purpose is our brands growth and development.


Indigo Brands, based in Cape Town, is a subsidiary of AVI Limited (AVI). Indigo Cosmetics, formerly known as Yardley of London (Africa) (Pty) Ltd, has been manufacturing and distributing Yardley cosmetic products in Southern Africa since 1955. In 1992 National Brands Limited, an AVI subsidiary, purchased the Yardley business from the UK parent company and grew it into a multi-million Rand entity which led to the formation of a separate company within AVI in July 2003 called Indigo Cosmetics.


Indigo Brands has an exciting opportunity for a Development Chemist at their head-offices in Epping.  The successful incumbent will be responsible to innovate, create, formulate and develop products for Indigo Brands as required


Minimum Requirements:


  • 3-5 years’ experience in product and formulation development environment within a similar industry.
  • GMP & GLP experience
  • Colour differentiation and sensitivity
  • Relevant and up to date product and formulation compliance knowledge



  • Grade 12 / Matric / NQF4
  • BSC Degree in Science (Chemistry; Microbiology; Biology; Chemical engineer) or Coschem Diploma will secure


Technical Competencies & Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the Cosmetic Industry
  • FMCG exposure will be advantageous
  • The ability to utilize technical and scientific knowledge to formulate safe quality cosmetic product
  • Analytical competence to interpret product testing and experimental designs, results and analysis
  • Keep abreast of the latest regulations and research pertaining to cosmetic products and raw materials
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills to develop products that meet consumer needs
  • Written and oral communication
  • Computer literacy skills, MS Office Suite
  • Working in fast-paced environment, managing multiple, changing priorities simultaneously



  • Innovate and Create
  • Develop and apply Technical Expertise
  • Analyse and Solve problems
  • Work with others
  • Delivering results
  • Initiate and achieve results
  • Impact and influence others
  • Drive new business growth
  • Communicate clearly



Job Specification:

Key Performance Areas:


New Product Development:

  • Proactively creates and develops innovative and differentiated new cosmetic product solutions
  • Creates and develops new product development as per the blockbuster agenda
  • Creates and develops new product development as per the seasonal agenda
  • Identifies product and process performance improvements and cost reduction


Product Testing:

  • Conduct studies on product safety testing


Final Product Specification:

  • Compiling of mass/bulk/base specifications
  • Provides mass/bulk/base specifications and standards for product realization and commercialization


Administration and reporting:

  • Participates and represents the Formulation Development Laboratory by providing, interpreting and communicating technical formulation information and development status
  • Maintaining and updating the product safety records


We are committed to Employment Equity when recruiting internally and externally. It is company policy to promote from within wherever possible. Therefore, please be aware that internal candidates will be considered first before reviewing external applicants, provided that this supports achievement of our Employment Equity goals.


Please send your CV to shihaamg@avi.co.za with REFERENCE: Development Chemist. Application closes on 30 June 2017.



For more information about Indigo Brands please visit our website on www.indigobrands.co.za

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May 24

R & D Manager – Roodepoort

A third party manufacturer specialising in Cosmetic, Toiletries and Complementary Medicines fields is searching for a dynamic and driven Junior research and development chemist.

Company is situated in Roodepoort.

The chemist will report directly to the Research and Development Manager.


The specific functions:

  1. Develop Product profile
  2. Design and Develop Formula and consult with RDI Manager depending on project complexity.
  3. Liaising and setting up meetings with suppliers
  4. Complete required bench work which will include the taste profiles of syrups, tablets and powders.
  5. Complete required bench work for skin care, hair care and personal care products.
  6. Assures formulations meet regulatory requirements / safety objectives.
  7. Formulation goal is to meet Marketing objectives
  8. Conduct testing of products
  9.    Completion of required documentation
  10. Technical transfer of required product
  11. Manufacturing support of product start-up



–          BSc Chemistry / Diploma in chemistry or related science.

–          1 – 2 year experience in related field (advantageous)

–          Ability to handle many projects simultaneously within extremely short time lines.

–          Cosmetic science course (advantageous)


Salary is negotiable – depending on experience.


Forward CV’s to vivien@azochem.co.za

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Apr 27

Instrumental Evaluation Scientist – L’Oreal, JHB

The Instrumental Evaluation department is a specialized team focused on objective, scientific testing of innovative products in development by L’Oreal laboratories.  Testing methods are developed, validated, and adjusted as needed to keep up with the exploration of novel properties of new formulas.  This team also executes research and develops knowledge of hair and skin properties, including its response to environment and treatment, across various ethnicities.

This position will work on aid-to-formulation and innovation instrumental testing and will assist in instrumental method development mostly for African Hair products, and African skin as a second priority.

Job Responsibilities:


· Designs, proposes, and implements the instrumental test plans for innovation projects and task forces related to African hair and skin;

  • Collaborates with labs, international colleagues, and evaluation team to determine which test methods are needed;
  • Drives projects from inception to completion with quality, timeliness, and professionalism;
  • Prioritizes projects workload with supervisor, performs project tracking and scheduling;
  • Organizes, plans, and effectively executes instrumental testing to support aid to formulation and innovation studies for local and international projects;
  • Analyzes instrumental test data and writes reports and memos to clearly communicate findings and share information with colleagues;



  • Maintains instrumentation and laboratory equipment and ensures proper operation/maintenance documentation;
    · Maintains laboratory notebook in accordance with standard operating procedures; and
    · Develops ways to improve efficiency of daily operation of the Instrumental Evaluation group.


· Works on development of new methods and improvement of existing methods, and evaluates new equipment for use in innovation and aid to formulation testing;


· Evaluates and summarizes published literature (internal and external) on various topics surrounding hair and skin testing;
· Works on expanding hair knowledge, with particular focus on ethnic hair;

  • Bachelors with 5 – 7 years of relevant working experience; OR Masters with 3 – 5 years of relevant working experience; OR PhD with 1 – 3 years of relevant working experience; preferred areas of study include Biological, Physical or Material Sciences, Chemical Engineering or Bio-Engineering or related fields;


Pluri-disciplinary knowledge on :

  • Optical system for color / shine and movement measurements
  • Optical features of surface of the fibers (Microscopy)
  • Physico-chemistry of materials
  • Mechanichal properties


  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (written/oral), and organizational skills;
  • Capable of working in a matrix organization, including strong teamwork skills;
  • Technical writing skills;


  • Experience with experimental lab work and equipment maintenance and troubleshooting;
  • Knowledge of hair, cosmetic properties and substrate – product relationship a plus;
  • Proficiency in statistical and data analysis.
  • Must be able to work on several complex projects at the same time with flexibility and organization; Curiosity
    · Must be proficient in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Scientific softwares.



Interested candidates are to send their cv toRecruitLSA@loreal.com



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