R&D Manager

Job title: R&D Manager
Contract type: Full-time
Location: San Francisco, CA
Discipline: Beauty
Remote: No
Reference: 403659
Contact name: Bri McGee
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

Job Summary

Our client  is a skincare brand based on hydration as the essence of great skin care.  The R&D Manager will be accountable for the development of new products and in support of new and existing product lines. A key emphasis for the job is on developing product solutions that redefine consumers’ expectations and set the standard for a new era of global personal care product innovations.



• Directs all product research and development

• Identifies, develops, evaluates and optimizes new technology platforms and cosmetic

formulations that lead to unique consumer preferred products

• Identifies, develops and supports new product claims

• Supervises contract manufacturing laboratory development process via weekly calls and as


• Provides scientific leadership and tactical support to the team that results in the resolution of

technical or operational issues

• Leads submission receipt and technical evaluation of all formula submissions

• Recommends and investigates usage of new materials, responsible for suggesting product


• Reviews key documents, such as development reports, SOPs, regulatory documents, etc

• Develops raw material and formula specifications

• Maintains product timeline tasks as assigned in DAPTIV

• In Partnership with Regulatory, evaluates international and national regulations to ensure

Company products meet all required standards and registration requirements

• Interacts with Regulatory & Quality Manager to ensure global product compliance

• Facilitates communication of project timelines with Contract Manufacturing, Packaging, Quality

and Project Management

• Evaluates market trends and competitive products. Benchmarks and analyzes competitive

product for comparative standards

• Responsible for managing internal product communication and provides alternative production

solutions as required

• Responsible for all NPD and Reformulation Stability, Compatibility, PET, RIPT and other testing

as assigned

• Assists in gathering, organizing, and delivering Regulatory information to product development,

marketing, R&D, QA, manufacturing, contract manufacturer, and outside laboratories.

• Reviews all new and updated ingredient listing declaration for all products

Qualifications and Skills

• Minimum 10 years related industry experience, preferable in personal care/cosmetics

• Possesses extensive formulation knowledge in wide range of personal care and cosmetics

products (including emulsion-based systems such as gels, creams, lotions, cleansers, etc)

• Employs an organized, efficient scientific fact-based approach with the ability to relay priorities

and focus on areas that add value to the organization and mete product development objectives

• Ability to objectively assess and recommend new technologies that will meet formulation


• Demonstrates ability to develop and present sound proposals and influence and motivate others

to achieve common objectives

• Time and project management skills

• Demonstrates ability to interact with cross-functional partners

• Ability to manage and/or contribute to the innovation process and to recognize creative ideas

• Demonstrates ability to use these ideas to achieve business objectives

• Data analysis skills and abilities to make recommendations that can positively impact the

scientific and business goals

• Ability to develop creative yet balanced solutions to complex problems that meet both the

business and scientific requirements

• Ability to manage multiple assignments and objectives with little or no supervision

• Management skills to develop and direct other scientists/technicians/temps

Technical Requirements

• Familiarity with Formulation (including OTC). A basic understanding of Quality, Regulatory,

Manufacturing procedures/protocol.

Educational Requirements

• Bachelors’ Degree in Chemistry or related technical field; advanced degree preferred

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