Personal & Home Care Chemist

Portland, OR | Remote Friendly

Posted: 06/27/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 301.19TM Pay Rate: 110,000 - 120,000

Personal & Home Care Chemist

The Formulation Chemist – Personal and Home Care will partner with marketing and sales to work on new product offerings, formulation development, and testing methodologies.  This position will be a key contributor to the advancement and company’s personal and home care product offerings.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance and technical expertise to further develop the organization’s skillset and knowledge base in formulating for Personal Care and Home Care markets.
  • Collaborate with the technical and commercial teams to problem solve and create new product offerings for a wide range of applications in the Personal Care and Home Care markets for company customers.
  • Participate and lead technical and formulation discussions in customer meetings and in key associations for Personal Care and Home Care.
  • Understand each ingredient’s function and develop creative combinations in formulations from concept to market.
  • Coordinate with the Product Stewardship team to advise both company and customers on safety profile and any regulatory issues associated with new ingredients or formulations.
  • Communicate with Procurement team to stay updated on new raw materials and innovative products.
  • Develop project plans for a gated development process and provide regular updates to the project team and stakeholders. This will include presentations as well as formal written reports to be shared with customers and/or suppliers.
  • Identify, develop, and utilize methods to evaluate technical performance including the use of statistical tools to generate and evaluate data.
  • Define key performance indicators for new products and identify benchmarks against which to evaluate performance.

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

JO:  301.19TM




  • BS or higher in Chemistry or related
  • Ideally 15-20 years of experience in personal care and home care formulation. If they only have experience in one of these areas that could be okay, but both are preferred
  • Would consider 7 years of experience minimum
  • Need to have been in the lab formulating at some point in their career
  • Preferred experience with preservatives, multi-functional ingredients, rheology modifiers, defoamers, solubilizers, emollients, surfactants
  • Familiarity with market needs in personal care and home care
  • About 25-30% travel required. This person could work remotely, in which case they would need to spend one week a month on site, and one week a month traveling to customers. 
  • Knowledge or experience with microbiology is a plus
  • Ability to analyse data, using statistics as needed, and familiarity with Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Computer literacy: MS-Office (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Must be willing to travel as needed
  • Ability to present information to and interact with customers
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

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

JO:  301.19TM


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