Cosmetic Scientist



Hours:                                                Full Time

Permanent/Fixed Term:                   Permanent

Location:                                            Cheltenham

SLG is looking for a Cosmetic Scientist to join their Research & Development team. This exciting position will be responsible for the formulation, development and project management of new cosmetic and personal care products; helping to drive the Company’s continuing expansion

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities:

  • Development of annual and long-term marketing plans to meet commercial and creative brand objectives.
  • Design and develop novel products to a high standard and to meet designated requirement of marketing on time and in full
  • Development and colour matching of cosmetics such as eyeshadows and facial palettes as well as the development of bath and body toiletries
  • Identify key technological challenges that will result in cost savings and / or enhanced product performance and implement.
  • Work closely with our third party partners in the UK and Far East including site visits when appropriate
  • Establish and maintain excellent relationships with key suppliers and keep abreast of new raw materials / technologies that may provide new / superior benefits to formulations.
  • Ensure that the day-to-day working in the laboratories is practised in a safe, orderly and efficient manner, compliant with all internal protocols and external legislation.
  • Work closely with NPD, marketing and quality teams to ensure projects are kept on track and to brief.
  • To monitor new technologies and products in the marketplace
  • Keep accurate detailed records of product development 

Qualifications & Experience Requirements:

  • Educated to Degree Level in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Cosmetic Science / Chemistry)
  • Industry experience dealing with a variety of product developments in the cosmetic / personal care industry.
  • Experience with using laboratory equipment
  • Fully conversant with Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint 

Key Competency Requirements:

  • Has a sound understanding of the key safety, ethical and sustainability topics within the beauty sector
  • Strong team working and relationship building
  • Ability to project manage multiple projects (internal developments as well as managing third party developments)
  • Capable of problem solving and decision making
  • Commercial awareness and customer focus
  • Strong communication skills
  • Capable of thriving in a fast-paced environment