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R&D Chemist

The Visual Pak Companies
Waukegan, Illinois, US
Closing date
May 21, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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Date: March 2022

Position Title: R&D Chemist EEO Category: Professionals (19-2031) Reporting into Title: Senior R&D Chemist

Business and Department: Research & Development

Position Purpose/Summary: The R&D Chemist is responsible for validating technical transfer projects leading to scale-up of new products. In this role, she/he executes key activities which includes but not limited to blending in the formulation lab and overseeing pilot batches in the manufacturing plant. She/he engages and collaborates with Quality and Engineering departments to ensure robust and effective technical commercialization plans, and is involved in troubleshooting and process optimization.

Direct Reports (or attach organization chart)


Knowledge-Skills-Abilities (minimum)

  • BS or MS in Chemistry or related degree; Biosciences (Biology, Botany, Biochemistry etc.) preferred.

Experience (years and topics):
  • 1-3 years in cosmetic formulation/product or process development or related field
  • Color matching experience (non-color-cosmetics) a plus
  • OTC/Quasi Drug formulation experience a plus

Technology/Software (years):
  • Must be familiar with all basic cosmetic lab equipment including viscometer, pH meter, FTIR, and Moisture Analyzer.
  • Must be PC literate and literate in Excel, Word and Power point, etc.

  • Must have good communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Must have ability to work well under pressure
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

Physical Capabilities (add lines as needed)

Strength (lifting, dexterity, repetitive motion):
  • Must be able to lift 30-lbs onto waist high shelves
  • Must be able to lift and carry a min of 25lbs.

Movement: Must be able to stand / walk for an entire eight hour shift.

Hearing: Must be able to hear and understand work direction in a loud, distracting environment Vision: Must be able to judge distance, identify details, and view computer screen regularly


Travel: local, if any Vehicle (own): N/A Tools (own): N/A Technology (own): N/A

Position Responsibilities-Tasks-Deliverables

An individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed below. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

All duties as assigned and the following specific activities:

  • Independently performs hands-on bench work blending and validating tech transfer formulations. Identify critical points, evaluate probable cause and apply learnings to scale-up blends.
  • Monitor pilot and first-time scale-up blends. Work with QC and Compounding to help trouble shoot production issues related to process or formulas.
  • Perform routine and physical testing of lab scale batches and ensure all are within specifications. Maintain accurate records within R&D system.
  • Chemist will be managing the development of multiple products simultaneously and should be comfortable in a fast paced multi-tasking environment.
  • Collecting and analyzing production historical data to continuously improve batch cycle times.
  • Write, review and approve production batch procedures, monitor pilots and first-time scale up batches.
  • Assist in developing new innovative marketable products - revise/reformulate existing formulas and break down/ reverse engineer competitive products.
  • Continuous improvement of technical skills by participating in vendor seminars and other classes related to consumer product and manufacturing industry.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

(On-going outcome that is measurable)
  • Number of lab validations and assisted pilot blends
  • Number of resolved QC/Compounding related issues
  • Process improvements as a result of gathering historical data and troubleshooting production issues
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