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R&D Chemist

The Visual Pak Companies
Waukegan, Illinois, US
Closing date
Sep 27, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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Full time
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Position Title: R&D Chemist EEO Category:

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.

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

Experience :
  • 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 :
  • 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

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

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)
  • 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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