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Lead R&D Chemist - Personal Care/Cosmetics posted by SRG

Full Time
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£32,000 - £37,000 / year
NHS Band 6

Job Description

Lead R&D Chemist required, based in Manchester. Technical experience within personal care/cosmetics industry essential. Requiring some experience/practical knowledge of synthetic chemistry or modification of molecules. Minimum degree in Chemistry or similar.

Title: Lead R&D Chemist - Personal Care/Cosmetics

Location: Manchester

Salary: £32,000 - 37,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

Term: Permanent

SRG is working with a growing company who develop and manufacture speciality ingredients and finished products for the personal care/cosmetics sector. Looking to expand their portfolio, they are now looking for a Lead R&D Chemist to drive development of new ingredients and raw materials for personal care formulations. This will involve working in the lab and undertaking research to produce or modify compounds through synthetic methods and working with the applications team to incorporate these into formulations. We are keen to hear from R&D or Research Chemists who have experience in the personal care/cosmetics/hair care/skin care industry, who also have good practical understanding of organic synthesis. We also welcome applications from Formulation Chemists who have previous experience of synthesis.

Benefits: A forward-thinking business with excellent laboratory facilities and a focus on expansion. This role will lead a new area of R&D for the business, with a view to building a team in the future. 37.5 working hours/week, 8.30am and 4.40pm, Mon-Fri. Excellent company pension, discretionary performance-related bonus, Cycle to Work scheme and 25 days holiday plus 8 statutory bank holidays.

Role / Description

Researching existing technology and new advances in personal care ingredients
Undertaking synthetic reactions to produce new compounds and molecules for use in personal care formulations
Conducting experiments to identify conditions affecting quality and yield of products
Carrying out process development work to optimise target compound production
Preparing samples for applications testing
Working with Applications Chemists to incorporate ingredients into formulations and undertake further development as needed
International travel (Asia, Europe) to oversee scale up of commercially viable compounds and product trials with manufacturing
Generating and delivering reports and presentations to colleagues, partners and clients


Proven technical experience in the development of personal care, cosmetic, hair care or skin care ingredients or finished products.
Practical knowledge and/or experience of synthetic chemistry or synthetic modification of compounds
Minimum degree in Chemistry or similar. Any focus on organic synthesis considered highly advantageous.
Ideas-driven with an innovative mind-set
Able to manage projects with minimal supervision, define objectives and plan time accordingly

If you would like to apply for this position, please use the link provided. Alternatively please email a copy of your CV to (url removed) For more information regarding this position or any others, please call Faye on (phone number removed)

If you have a scientific background and this position is not relevant / suitable for you, please feel free to get in touch or visit to view our other vacancies.

SRG is the UK's number one recruitment company specialising in the scientific, engineering, clinical, pharmaceutical, food/FMCG, energy & renewables, biotech, chemical and medical device sectors.

As scientists ourselves, our specialist sector knowledge and our passion are second to none. It's this combination that makes us different. We're committed to providing outstanding temporary, contract and permanent career opportunities of all levels for our candidates and a comprehensive range of expert strategic recruitment services for our clients.

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