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Job Title:  Product development chemist

Date:  20-Nov-2021

Littlehampton, WSX, GB, BN17 6LS

Full Time/Part Time:  Full-Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Contract
Hours per week:  37.5

The role in a nutshell

Do you have a science degree?

Are you a Passionate, curious and creative formulator?

Want to work for a global business that’s a force for good?

Apply NOW...

Reporting into the Technical Manager of Bath and Body Fragrance/ Hair care, you will be responsible for developing safe and efficacious products suitable for mass production, that meets Brand's brief requirements and is in- line with R&I strategy whilst ensuring that launch deadlines are met and within budget. This is a FTC role for 13 months based at our Watersmead site in West Sussex.

More about the role

Product Development and Project Management:

  • Create products through development stages defined with managers: raw materials selection, formulation, appropriate testing plan depending on the project
  • Ensure the quality and safety of formulas
  • Evaluate product performance and sensoriality: ensure the closest sensoriality, stability and conformity
  • Work with support services and/ or contacts in industry; monitor and validate product manufacturing (Pilot, factories) at each stage of development
  • Ensure lab resources are in good working order; ensure compliance with safety regulations and quality procedures in force in the laboratory
  • Propose and develop formulas in line with the marketing policy and consumer expectations
  • Finalise formulas in a prompt manner by coordinating and validating all development phases and providing updates on formula availability
  • Ensure successful follow-up: all the test results are available on time (formulation, stability, challenge test, safety test….) to commit with the agreed timing
  • Create, send and compile all official documents through development phases (Formula selection, development standards, Formula finalisation….)
  • Anticipate fails and include plan B in retroplanning when relevant. Alert line manager, propose action plan, evaluate impact on timings/cost for any formula related issue.
  • Maintain good documentation practices (R&I Sharepoint, other shared platforms and drives)

What we look for


  • Science related degree with ideally an experience as a Beauty PDC with a background in bath and body, hair care, fragrance or face product development.
  • Experience in formulating with natural origin ingredients is a plus, as is experience of managing complexity and end-to-end projects on time and within budget.
  • Passionate, curious and creative formulator
  • In-depth knowledge of your profession (formulations, raw materials & functions, cosmetic products, development phases, etc.)
  • Self motivated & very well-organised
  • High degree of working independently, responsible and ethical 
  • Ability to maintain an overall view of operations within your business unit
  • Ability to manage evolving priorities
  • Good communication skills (oral and written)
  • Detailed knowledge of relevant IT resources and software
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build a broad network within and outside the organisation

The Body Shop

When Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976, she had a vision. Business as a force for good – that’s us. Over 40 years later, we’re proud to be pioneering cruelty-free beauty every step of the way. We’re the original ethical beauty brand. We’ve got a thing for empowering people and enriching our planet. We’re all about keeping it real, in every way possible. Our activist roots remain a huge part of everything we do, from our iconic window posters to our vegetarian products to our infamous campaigns. We’re never afraid to stand up and speak the truth. We like to do things a little differently around here. 


The Body Shop, along with Aesop and Natura, is part of Natura & Co, a global, multi-channel and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. Group owner Natura is Brazil's number one cosmetics manufacturer. Sustainable development has been the company's guiding principle since it was founded in 1969. In fact, this is an incredibly exciting time for The Body Shop. We’re fighting for what we believe in now more than ever. No holding back. Breaking the mould has always come naturally to us, and we need someone who’s not afraid to mix things up. 


That’s a lot to ask for – so in return we offer

* a 6% contributory pension plan,

* 23 days holiday plus bank holidays - time to refresh and recharge

* Discretionary bonus scheme

* 3 additional days a year to volunteer in the local community to support the causes you feel most passionate about

* LOVE money to spend on YOUR wellbeing - pamper yourself on us. Every year.

* 50% staff discount and access to product sample sales

* Access to Perks at Work, our online shopping channel with exclusive deals & discounts

* AND - we have also implemented 'Work Wise' into our HQ - flexibility of 'in-office' hours, the ability to work remotely and a new meeting charter.

If you are excited by all that - you might just be the sort of person we need to help us make the impactful change the world needs within a business that invented the culture of ‘joyful collective' and everything that means and stands for.

We have something special to offer and we’re looking for someone special to help us to do that. Show us how you can contribute to the next step in the evolution of The Body Shop.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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