Cosmetic Chemist III

Oak Brook, IL

Posted: 10/09/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 307.23TM Experience:

Job Description

Cosmetic Chemist III

Personal care and cosmetics manufacturer in the Chicago area is seeking a R&D Chemist to work across all brands and products, global and international.  Collaborate with multiple departments including sales, marketing, purchasing, packaging, QA/QC, and production.  Benefits, profit sharing programs and tuition reimbursement offered.

The Cosmetic Chemist III is a competent professional and is responsible for executing assigned projects which involve the research, development and testing of new OTC Drug or Cosmetic products, technologies, packaging, and product improvements. In this role, he/she will work with minimal guidance from the R&D Section Manager, Supervisor, or Senior Employees to successfully incorporate the technical, regulatory, competitive, cost, operational, project timing, work prioritization and strategic considerations to support a successful product organization. He/she will have substantial product development experience and knowledge. Other R&D related or laboratory projects will also be assigned commensurate with their capability. The Cosmetic Chemist III is accountable for and demonstrates success in matters such as maintaining quality, accuracy, and quantity of work.  He/she should consistently demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively within areas of responsibility. Demonstrates consistency with the ability to write technical updates, technical reports, memos, regulatory documents, operating procedures, protocols, experimental design, data analysis and other communication as needed. Able to deliver effective presentations to a variety of audiences. This person has established experience in electronic forms of data analysis techniques and communication.  He / she understands and adheres to Good Laboratory practices, cGMP, safety regulations, confidential procedures. and understands the importance of and takes the initiative to contribute to the routine functioning of the R&D laboratory. The Cosmetic Chemist lll collaborates with internal or external partners involved with clinical testing, claims substantiation, formulation development, raw materials, manufacturing, or contract manufacturing with minimal guidance from the R&D Section Manager, Supervisor, or Senior Employees.


  • Successfully formulate and scale up a variety of formulation types.
  • Has a good understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, microbiological, engineering, and regulatory aspects for the development and technology transfer process.
  • Proficient understanding of formulation laboratory equipment (e.g., mixers, hotplates, balances, pH meters, viscometers, filling equipment, lipstick molds etc.) and it impact during technology transfer.
  • Deep understanding of the production equipment capabilities and its impact on the formulation for the formulation types mastered.
  • Proficient understanding of raw materials and chemical compatibility used for formulation development while proficiently applying it to predict the overall final product's physical and chemical properties.
  • Propose solutions when working with vendors to address raw material issues.
  • Consistently maintains accurate documentation of formulation, procedures, results, data, and conclusions.
  • Apply brand heart concepts and consumer product usage trends during product development and raw material selection.
  • Keeps up with new industry trends.
  • Good understanding of the concepts involved in assessing stability of OTC drug and consumer products.
  • Proficient in the application of physical and sensory test data for formulation development.
  • Able to propose investigative testing when troubleshooting formulation issues.
  • Proficient in analyzing technical data or qualitative feedback.
  • Can independently make recommendations based upon analysis.
  • Understands the physical, chemical microbiological concepts, and regulatory requirements involved in the assessment of OTC drug and consumer products.
  • Independently prepares formulation spreadsheets and accurately completes complex calculations related to formula development.
  • Demonstrated ability to design experiments to understand or solve formulation issues.
  • Knowledgeable in the application of statistics.
  • Demonstrated ability to make recommendations using data generated from experiments.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully transfer complex information to Quality and Operations groups and successfully manage the information process.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems encountered when "scaling up" formulations.
  • Good understanding of the problems that often occur during scale up due to differences in the impact of the physical forces that are experienced in the laboratory versus the manufacturing plant.
  • Proficiently understands and applies OTC drug monograph and cosmetic regulations to formulation development and ingredients selection.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of federal, state, global and local regulations on the product life cycle and formulation development.
  • Fully integrates cGMP regulations and concepts to the product development process.
  • Knowledge of current US, EU, and global regulations, ICH guidance and relevant standards and quality requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to suggest raw materials and active ingredients to support product claims.
  • Understands the role of the OTC drug monograph system in product development.
  • Understands a variety of common clinical test protocols and when they are used during product development.
  • Can develop or review protocols for claims support studies.


  • Suggests or performs special projects, as assigned, or agreed by the Manager or Supervisor, R&D, which enhance and contribute to the growth of the Research & Development Department.
  • Performs and assumes other duties and responsibilities, as may be required by the Manager or Supervisor, R&D.
  • Supports the Winner’s Circle and Company Quality System processes.

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Tory Mack at

JO:  307.23TM

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related scientific discipline with 5 years of applicable laboratory experience preferable in the cosmetics or pharmaceutical OTC industry
  • Consistently demonstrates good mathematical ability and analytical skills. Accurately calculates percentages, formula costs, and applies basic statistics.  Applies concepts of basic algebra and geometry.  Performs spreadsheet mathematical and graphical analysis
  • Proficiency with computers and in Microsoft programs including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Ability to learn new software such as ELN and Regulatory Documentation programs
  • Understands and follows appropriate lab safety practices
  • Flexible to work a modified work shift, as departmental needs demand
  • Accepts other duties, as assigned
  • Is discreet with confidential information to which he/she has access
  • Travel, up to 5%, depending upon business need

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Tory Mack at

JO:  307.23TM

Meet Your Recruiter

Tory Mack
Technical Recruiter

What I Do:

I am proud to be part of the CPS flagship division, Industrial Laboratory. Our company started in order to serve the industrial chemicals industry, one of the backbones of the U.S. economy, by bringing together talented technical specialists with the companies that need them. I recruit and place people in the following positions:

  • Formulation/Product Development
  • Organic and Polymer Synthesis
  • Application Chemistry
  • Technical Service
  • Process Chemistry
  • Analytical/Method Development
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Group Leader/R&D Manager

My Recruiting Philosophy:

When working with you as a candidate I have 3 goals:

Listen and ask questions to find out what the right opportunities look like for you

Connect you with active openings and interested companies based on your criteria

Educate you throughout the interview process to help you become a standout candidate for each individual opportunity

About Me:

I grew up in Southern Indiana and moved to the greater Chicago area 10 years ago. My education is in opera and music, so I enjoy anything and everything related to the arts! I love helping people through recruiting – I believe the right career move is one of the most important decisions a person can make and it is a privilege to be a part of that process.

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