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Senior R & D Chemist – Miami, FL

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Full Time

Monday –  Friday

Miami, FL






Short Term Disability

Long Term Disability

Life Insurance



Parental Leave

A Senior Research and Development Chemist is an experienced researcher/formulator who combines technical knowledge and innovation when formulating a variety of personal care products, cosmetics and OTC products (sunscreens and anti-acne) from concept to finished products based on customers’ requests. Shows the ability to look at different brands’ gaps and develop products based on those gaps or customer specification. The Senior R&D Chemist II demonstrates strong leadership and communication skills that are utilized within the organization and with external customers.


  • Responsible for initiating project concepts, developing objectives, planning and assigning priorities, and completing multiple projects under minimal supervision.
  • Independently investigate/resolve research problems/scale up issues.
  • Communicate with customers on technical aspects as well as regulatory and performance.
  • Utilize and follow relevant legal requirements, regulations and product development standards.
  • Determine and perform appropriate cost reductions (raw materials).
  • Scale-up of approved formulations, to include identification of critical process variables.
  • Troubleshoot production issues and address batch variations.
  • Set product specifications and write compounding procedures.
  • Supervise and coordinate pilot batches.
  • Provide paperwork for new formulas and new raw materials to operations.
  • Provide specifications and other information to QC to receive and test new ingredients and finished goods.
  • Research product formulations and properties and interactions of raw materials.
  • Vendor research for raw materials.
  • Compose and check ingredient lists, QQs and artwork
  • Interpret results of laboratory findings and assess risks involved in new products and communicate findings to sales and upper management.
  • Remain up to date and current on trends in the retail market and trends on formulations materials, ingredients, etc.
  • Training, mentoring and supervising lab staff (permanent and temporary).
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Skills/Abilities
  • Advanced formulation skills and technical knowledge
  • Thorough understanding of FDA regulations and cGMP’s
  • Drives creative research and strategic recommendations for product development
  • Able to translate consumer insights into actionable recommendations to achieve exceptional consumer satisfaction
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, in a fast-paced environment under short deadlines, tolerance for business ambiguity; the ability to thrive under quickly changing situations; adaptable, with ability to meet short turnaround times.
  • Methodological mindset to test new ideas and work towards valid results.
  • Proven ability to manage external suppliers and ensure top value and performance for the organization
  • Self-motivated and able to operate independently, as well as work effectively with others
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • High level of initiative, innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work cross-functionally & at all levels within the organization including senior leadership
  • Exceptional attention to detail and high level of accuracy & organization
  • Ability to work as part of a team and excel independently in fast-paced environment
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
Required Education and Experience
  • BS in Chemistry, Cosmetic Science, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related sciences with 8+ years of formulating personal care products
  • -OR- advanced degree in cosmetic chemistry and more than 6 years’ experience.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • PhD or Master’s Degree in Chemistry, Cosmetic Science, Chemical Engineering or related field
  • 10+ years of experience in formulation of personal care products

Additional Information

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