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Job Title:  Product Development Chemist

Date:  24-Dec-2020

Littlehampton, WSX, GB, BN17 6LS

Full Time/Part Time:  Full-Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Contract
Hours per week:  37.50000000000000000

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. 

Your role in a nutshell

The Body Shop is looking for a 12 Months Fix Term Contract Product Development Chemist for a new exciting project.

This role will be responsible for factory to factory product transfers of existing products effectively.


Key Job Accountabilities

Product Development:

  • Ensure the quality and safety of formulas. Amendments to formulations / compostions to be in line with the regulatory and market requirements and be the technical leader during the development stages: raw materials selection, formulation, define appropriate testing plan, scale up to pilot and manufacturing facility
  • Evaluate product performance and sensoriality
  • Liases with support services, testing houses and vendors at each development stage
  • Validate product manufacturing
  • Ensure lab equipment is in good working order; ensure compliance with safety regulations and quality procedures in force in the laboratory

Project Management:

  • Align on a critical path with the Project Manager
  • Ensure all the test results are available on time (formulation, stability, challenge test, safety test, efficacy test etc.)
  • Manage the relevant paperwork linked to the formula development
  • Communicate effectively with internal teams & external partners at all stages of progress of the projects


Personal requirements for role

  • 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 
  • 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

Talent Drivers

Collaborative Skills
Personal Conduct