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Job Title:  Active ingredients & Efficacy Manager

Date:  06-Aug-2022

London, LND, GB, SE1 2JP

Full Time/Part Time:  Full-Time
Contract Type:  Regular/Permanent
Hours per week:  37.5

Your role in a nutshell

Want to work for an iconic global beauty brand that's a force for good?

Do you have a degree/PhD in Science, Biology, Cosmetics or Skin & Hair biology?

Do you have a keen and scientific eye for natural ingredients that work?

If the answer is YES, we'd LOVE to talk to you apply now.

You will help ensure The Body Shop stays at the forefront of innovative technology by supporting the R&D Head of Innovation & Sustainability to deliver a claims innovation pipeline for ingredients.  You will work in close collaboration with the Brand Development team, the Formula Development team, the Efficacy and Scientific Communications Specialist and our Regulatory team, as well as external partners (ingredients suppliers, biology experts, testing houses, start-ups) to deliver outstanding efficacy and communication through our bio-actives.

More about the role

You will be re-thinking, proposing and imagining the pipeline of claims for the active ingredients within our NPD and existing ranges.  Thanks to your in-depth knowledge of skin and hair biology, of bio-actives, and your expertise in understanding the synergistic effect of ingredients, you will guide the NPD team to design formulations that deliver optimum efficacy. You will lead the research to deliver the next generation of claims and become the point of reference with scientific experts in the bio-actives efficacy field.

The ideal candidate for this role will have the expertise to

  • Propose comparison studies & analyse concentration vs efficacy response curve to deliver the best out of our core and new bio-actives.
  • Develop our skin and hair biology capabilities, which are our true point of uniqueness and expertise - demonstrating that the bio-actives in our plants are the most powerful nature's change agents.
  • Research ingredients properties in literature / bibliography.
  • Come up with testing plan to accelerate communication around our hero ranges.
  • Valorise the skin advanced research pillar within R&D by bringing key expertise to the NPD team.
  • Lead the research into natural active ingredients: literature, in-vitro, clinical, DNA studies.
  • Understand clinical imagery & statistics.
  • Guarantee alignment of proposals with regulations in all markets we trade in, ethical standards, quality, timing and cost.
  • Work in synergy with internal as well as partners within Natura&co group.
  • Propose methods to visually illustrate results of studies.
  • Propose new testing protocols and methods, in collaboration with experts around the world.

What we look for

  • Educated to PhD level in Science, Biology, Cosmetics Research, Skin & Hair biology
  • Experience in similar role in the industry (finished products research & development)
  • Experience with patents (either writing patents or checking for patent infringements)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to identify, draw on and assimilate a range of information (patents, bibliographies, competition, etc.) and apply it to your activity
  • Knowledge of technical English
  • Knowledge of communication techniques (oral and written) and teaching skills
  • Detailed knowledge of relevant IT resources and software
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build a broad network within research

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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