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Unilever Chemist - Sundial Haircare in Trumbull, Connecticut

Hair Care is a growing, complex and highly competitive category, not only because of global competitors, but also because of local brands that are driving more growth in the category. Our Sundial share is strong in the textured hair care market. Our Ambition is to continue to grow and maintain our strong Global #1 position through technical innovations.

As part of the Sundial Hair Strategy, future growth will come from New product innovation initiatives. These innovations will be new to the market delivering consumer benefits across the key markets like US, EU, Canada etc with disruptive technologies.

This role will develop technically disruptive formulations that will provide the creation of new concepts/products with new trendy propositions, as well as unique and appealing mix.

Who You Are and What You'll Do

  • Formulation and development of new products shaping and agreeing to the technical aspects (e.g. product performance standards/targets, etc) while executing the delivery upon the network together with Full Team and/or 3rd Parties

  • Develop and/or evaluate formulations for new brands’ innovation plan. Identify and develop new approaches and capabilities both internally and externally to support the programs through the leveraging of existing and or creation of new technologies.

  • Keep abreast of new ingredients, regulatory and new claim methodologies by regularly attending external industry meetings

  • Performance tracking of new formulations and development. Coordinating processing, packaging, consumer technical insight & claims, specifications, patents, safety, & in some cases manufacturing

  • Working with R&D leadership to drive the technical day to day process of crafting new product concepts, formulations and technology with cross-functional team’s inputs (i.e. Brands proposition and philosophy, all technical requirements on formulation/package, quality & validation standards, clear cost structure as well as launch scope and timeline) then take forward to brief 3rd Parties to kick-off the collaboration

  • Risk Assessment & Management working with cross-functional teams to ensure intellectual property protection and patent, regulatory and safety clearance for final formulations

  • Working with senior leadership to evaluate trends, explore new territories and extend broader understandings of hair care formats and technologies thru various sources, and get the learnings feeding into new innovations ideas for new brands

  • Provide support as necessary to Marketing and Claims team for claims development and substantiation to well communicate product/technology advantages

What You'll Need to Succeed

  • BS degree in chemistry or chemical engineering; Advanced degree a plus

  • 3+ years Beauty & Personal Care formulation development

  • Experience in natural ingredients desired

  • Start Up mentality, open-minded and embrace new ways of working, willing to take new challenges and explore new approach to drive speed and novelty in innovations

  • Strong communication skills & proven ability to interact across a range of functions & leadership groups and deal with people from multicultural backgrounds

  • Well understand product development principles, R&D processes and protocols, good ability to identify the risk and mitigation plan

  • Good digital acumen, always design product with E-commerce & Social commerce ‘genes’

  • Excellent team collaboration spirit, strong leadership in team coaching and management

  • Be agile and flexible, think out of box to keep exploring better ways of working


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. For more information, please see Equal Employment Opportunity PostersEqual Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with DisabilitiesEmployment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

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