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Vice President of Research & Development - Skincare

Location: Burlington, VT, United States
Date Posted: 11-05-2018
Natural and nontoxic luxury skincare brand is seeking an experienced and innovative Vice President of Research & Development to lead and grow their innovation team, processes and program.

The Vice President of R&D is responsible for leading the R&D functions and teams to deliver the latest, trendsetting innovations in skincare, cosmetics and aromatherapy throughout the luxury brand.  This role will develop the R&D team, programs and processes. Additionally, this role will oversee and lead international regulatory for all product categories.  

Key Success Factors: 
  • Direction and management of the R&D personnel, formulation of new products, design and execution of product testing, data management, and analysis and technical support for other functional groups.
  • Prepare laboratory batches or supervises preparation on an as needed basis for stability sampling, safety testing, preservative efficacy testing, claim/clinical testing, marketing evaluation and mock-ups for Retail and PR.
  • Conduct appropriate stability/compatibility testing to ensure formula and/or formula package robustness.
  • Maintain accurate records of all formulae development, physical testing and specifications.
  • Create, review and approve technical documents to support developmental projects (i.e. Ingredient Statements, Specifications, Content Disclosures, Cost Formula, Manufacturing Formula Cards, patents, etc.).
  • Develop robust manufacturing processes for development projects in conjunction with the processing team. Active participation in pilot plant/scale-up activities.
  • Support manufacturing/compounding in all project introductions. Serve as a technical advisor to Manufacturing and QC as needed.
  • Develop specifications and standards for new and/or reformulated product ensuring product quality.
  • Provide technical assistance related to product formula to support departments as required 
  • Source, evaluate, and approve new and/or alternate raw materials.
  • Keep informed on industry trends, equipment, facilities, materials and procedures used for the manufacturing of OTC and cosmetic dosage forms.
  • Evaluate new processing methods, equipment and materials in a multi-disciplinary team setting.
  • Prepare clear and concise status and summary reports on projects.
  • Assign and prioritize projects for direct reports.
  • Serve as R&D representative on cross-functional project teams.
  • Direct and oversee international regulatory program.
  • History of high-level performance exhibited in a leadership role in Product Development with 10 years of experience in the development of beauty products from concept to launch. 
  • Proven innovation experience in the development of body, skin, and /or color cosmetics is a must.
  • Demonstrated experience leading creative and innovative teams via established and reliable processes and producing results against aggressive timetables. 
  • Experience working and thriving in an entrepreneurial and creativity driven environment.
  • Skilled in implementing strategic initiatives. 
  • Strong relationship building abilities. 
  • Strong presentation skills. 
  • Awareness of and interest in trends and lifestyle aspects that influence the hair industry such as fashion, cosmetics, and social trends. 
  • Ability to inspire and motivate. 
  • International regulatory experience is a must. Asian market experience is preferred.
Key Benefits:
  • Highly visible role = great rewards!
  • Competitive salary and full benefits package.
  • Bonus incentive.
  • Career defining opportunity.
  • Relocation assistance as needed.
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