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Senior Development Chemist

Ref: HM7046 Salary: £Attractive Contract Type: ContractLocation: Folkestone

Senior Development Chemist


A new instruction from our established manufacturing client for a Senior Development Chemist to work on a special project for one of their successful personal care products within their R & D Team.


The role reports to the onsite Senior R & D Chemist and is presented on a fixed term contract basis for a minimum of 12 months, with a potential extension thereafter.


Hours of work:

Monday to Thursday 8am – 4.30pm and Friday 8am – 3.30pm

30 minute lunchbreak

Excellent rate of pay


Skills, Education & Knowledge we are seeking in an individual:

University Degree in Sciences or related relevant professional qualifications to degree level.

Ideally, proven FMCG industry experience in hair care, skin care &/or cosmetics  and science to include formulation, testing and regulations.

Excellent communication and influencing skills

Ability to work cross functionally, forge strong working relationships and build effective project teams.

Self-motivated with the ability to plan ahead and use initiative

Excellent IT skills – particularly MS Word, Excel – with the ability to present information in forms, tables and spread sheets.

Proactive solutions and problem-solving abilities


Areas of Responsibility will include:

Developing and formulating products as directed by the Senior R&D Chemist.

Lead individual development projects or a portfolio of projects within a single brand.

Actively participate in new product innovation brainstorming sessions with Marketing.

Organise in-house testing for new product development and routine external testing as well as being involved in the planning and organisation of external consumer testing with the consumer testing coordinator.

Reporting project progress to the project team / PMO on a regular basis.

Establish effective working relationship with marketing colleagues to develop new product concepts.

Establish effective working relationships with other functions to include supply chain, purchasing, project managers, quality and regulatory.

Act as day-to-day technical contact for key projects for a single brand.

Work with Quality and Regulatory teams to report stability results and to ensure that formulation meets all local quality and regulatory requirements.

Evaluation of third-party technologies to assess technical potential.

Be aware of patents and trademarks and how they apply to working practices.

Engage in new product innovation sessions to identify potentially patentable technologies.

Be aware of potential quality issues within a particular brand and assist in quality issues.

Provide support to Operations to maintain ongoing product manufacture.

Assure compliance with safety procedures in laboratories.

Provide input to third party suppliers or contract manufacturers for production scale-up.

Participate in technology programs for allocated brands.

Build relationships with suppliers to ensure good working environment and identification of potential new technologies.

Work with external research institutions under the supervision of the R&D Principle Scientist or R&D Manager.

Be aware of the EU Cosmetics Directive and other relevant local legislation and its requirements with respect to NPD.

Be aware of secrecy agreements and their application to suppliers and consultants.

Provide input to quality improvement projects.

Work effectively with external raw material and technology suppliers.

Represent the company at trade shows & technology exhibitions.

People Management - manage and develop assigned Development Chemist to ensure the achievement of their objectives




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Consultant Details

For further information on this opportunity please contact:

Heather Morgan

Tel: 01303 220844


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