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Job Title:  Product Development Chemist - Beauty (12 Month FTC)

Date:  22-Jul-2021

Littlehampton, WSX, GB, BN17 6LS

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

Your role in a nutshell

We are recruiting for an experienced Beauty PD Chemist to come and join us at The Body Shop on a 12 Month Fix Term Contract covering maturity leave. The successful candidate will Lead all relevant areas of product development and innovation to ensure the prompt availability of quality products for business that are safe, effective and suitable for mass production in line with the brand/category innovation strategy.

This is an extremely amazing  opportunity where the PDC will be heading up exciting new projects end to end from the marketing brief to the 1st production batch

More about the role

Key Job Accountabilities will include:

  • Formulate in the Internal Laboratory, developing the best formula in terms of quality, performance, innovation and price within the agreed timing, and in respect of R&D guidelines – select raw materials, make bulk, plan appropriate testing
  • Ensure conformity of samples made internally, 
  • Ensure successful follow-up of your projects with key internal and external partners
  • Ensure flow of information and samples are done on time
  • Anticipate fails and provide projects risk assessments
  • Plan back-up formulas to secure launch, and related timing when relevant.
  • Ensure all the test results are available on time (formulation, stability, challenge test, safety test….) to commit with the agreed timing with our sub contractors and internal teams
  • Monitor and validate product manufacturing at each stage of development, attend 1st production batch where required,
  • Create, send and compile all official documents through development phases
  • Alert line manager + propose an action plan + evaluation impact on timing / cost, for any formula related issue.
  • Ensure lab resources are in good working order, ensure compliance with safety regulations and quality procedures in force in the laboratory
  • Promote innovation by pro-actively suggesting and investigating new formulations formats and architectures, and propose innovative technologies that offer results the consumer can perceive.
  • Ensure the R&I related quality of new product development and maintain accuracy of documentation and procedures content.
  • Build effective relationships with Brand, Operations and Vendors worldwide

What we look for

You will have a science related degree and have proven extensive industry work experience in Beauty Product Development in either Bath, Body, Haircare, Face and/or Fragrance.  Experience in formulating with natural origin ingredients is a plus, as is experience of managing complexity in a fast pace environment, and end-to-end projects on time and within budget.

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

  • 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.


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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