VP of Product Development-Beauty-LA

Job title: VP of Product Development-Beauty-LA
Contract type: Full-time
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Discipline: Beauty
Remote: No
Reference: 401765
Contact name: Cristina Sparkman
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description


The VP of Product Development is responsible for all phases of new product development and processes from concept to counter. This position requires a mastery understanding of product and packaging development fundamentals with an expertise in cosmetics along with the ability to apply strategic thinking throughout ideation and conceptualization.



  • Partner with business leaders to create and maintain a 3+ year vision and launch business plan
  • Lead the product development strategy and road map as well implement process cross - functionally to drive innovation and incremental revenue. 
  • Ideate innovative and differentiated product concepts that align with our brand positioning and deliver scalability and cost efficiency .
  • Provide toxicological, safety and regulatory oversight of formulations in partnership with cross - functional teams and external resources .
  • Partner with business leaders to ensure thoughtful integration of claims and marketing story into development of new products .
  • Lead direction for the development of quality products that meet the Brand strategy and ensure product launches are launched on time.
  • Direct and oversee contract manufacturers in the detailed development of new and reformulated products and travels to plants and suppliers.
  • Write concepts, positioning statements and fact sheets with innovative claims to support each new launch/innovation.
  • Ensure strong actives list / technology platform and develop key storytelling behind product launch concept, with alignment from all stakeholders.
  • Drive key milestones and problem solve when necessary.
  • Provide quality training and development for own direct reports.
  • Review all PR and Education materials and Copy for alignment of communication as it was intended and ensure accuracy of content.


  • Drive assigned calendarized launches in all stages from concept to on - counter.
  • Drive creation of new product concepts that fit with need - gaps in the line or new business opportunities.
  • Manage the evaluation of submissions on a timely basis and provide direction to vendors on next steps / re - directs / trouble - shoot issues.
  • Must have a firm grasp of cosmetics technology and ability to transform complex science into consumer friendly language.
  • Manage and drive all testing needs to support product launches with robust and innovative claims (inclusive of sensory, clinical and biological testing).
  • Create and present dynamic presentations as part of cross - functional meetings to explain concept, positioning, technology & claims of new launches.
  • Monitor trends both inside the beauty industry, and outside the beauty industry.
  • Attend industry seminars and report on trends, technologies, new ingredients, as needed.
  • Travel to supplier plants for on - site approvals as needed.
  • Maintain weekly status report and keep Executive Team informed of project details. 
  • Lead package direction for optimal formula evacuation / delivery.
  • Trouble - shoot potential packaging issues & brainstorm resolution..



  • 12+ years related experience 
  • Must have applicable beauty experience and passion and excitement for the industry
  • Great capacity to develop various products, from vision to detail
  • Ability to be flexible and agile with internal teams on constant changes and condensed timelines
  • Strong presenter – Must be able to persuasively communicate new product ideas and concepts to both internal and external groups.
  • Must be exceptionally creative and innovative, and be able to articulate thoughts and ideas clearly.
  • Deep knowledgeable of the Product Development process.
  • Highly detail oriented, responsive, extremely organized, and reliable.
  • Must be a driver of results, ensuring that all key milestones are met in a timely manner.
  • Experience in people management, training, and development.
  • Proven track record of successful new product innovations; proven ability to develop innovative products from concept to launch.
  • Effective negotiator – able to gain cooperation at all levels, internally and externally
  • Microsoft Office skills including Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop experience
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