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Job Title:  Product Development Technologist

Date:  30-Dec-2020

London, LND, GB, SE1 2JP

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

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 Product Development Technologist to lead Make-up NPD, by managing R&D aspects of formula delivery with third party vendors.

This opportunity is available as 12 months Fixed Term Contract (maternity cover).

More about the role

Lead all R&D relevant areas of product development (NPD/Operational projects) from the marketing brief to the 1st production batch.

· Brief full- service subcontractors to develop the best formula in terms of quality, performance, innovation, respecting R&I Strategy guidelines and project timings

· Ensure thorough projects follow-up, clear communication with subcontractors and internal NPD team

· Ensure R&D related quality of subcontracting, maintaining accuracy of documentation and R&D processes

· Formula technical compliance and performance evaluation. Preparation of formula development costs and claims evaluation

·Correct risk assessment at every project stage, failures anticipation with back-up formulations planned where relevant

· Ensure all the test results are available on time (stability, challenge, safety, efficacy) for agreed Formula Finalisation date

· Attend 1st factory scale-up batch of developed formulation (unless not possible due to pandemic travel restrictions)

· Work respecting The Body Shop’s Purpose, Ethics and foster Safety culture

What we look for

  • Very good interpersonal skills and ability to build a broad network within NPD team
  • Highly motivated and very organised person
  • Very good prioritising skills
  • Experience in successful Make-up NPD delivery through full service development (sub-contractors)

Talent Drivers

Collaborative Skills
Personal Conduct