Research and Development Chemist

St. Paul, MN

Posted: 02/27/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 77.19CM Pay Rate: 60,000 - 80,000

Research and Development Chemist

The Research and Development Chemist will have the capability to formulate a variety of cosmetic products to meet regulatory and client requirements.  They will be knowledgeable about production scale up and processing requirements.  They will have communication and documentation skills to advance projects and meet professional requirements.  Research and Development Chemist has advanced formulation knowledge and technical experience.


  • Formulating a variety of personal care products, cosmetics and OTC (lip balms and sun screens) from concept to finished product based on customer’s requests
  • Produce formulas to customer, on schedule that fit production requirement
  • Utilize and follow relevant legal requirements, regulations and product development standards
  • Determine and perform appropriate cost reductions (raw materials)
  • Scale-up of approved formulations, to include identification of critical process variables
  • Begin to understand the parameters of production trouble shooting
  • Set product specifications and write compounding procedures
  • Supervise and coordinate pilot batches
  • Provide paperwork for new formula and new raw materials to operations
  • Provide specifications and other information to QC to receive and test new ingredients and finished goods
  • Research product formulations and properties and interactions of raw materials
  • Vendor research for raw materials
  • Interpret results of laboratory findings and asses risks involved in new products and communicate findings to sales and upper management
  • Remain up to date and current on trends in the retail market and trends on formulations materials, ingredients, etc.
  • Training and supervising technicians and temporary employees
  • Working knowledge of FDA regulations and cGMPs
  • Notebook documentation

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Crystal Meeks at 815.756.1221 /

JO:  77.19CM


  • BS in Chemistry
  • 4-6 years of formulating personal care products
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates a teamwork ethic
  • Ability to work with a team
  • Sense of urgency and takes initiative with creativity and flexibility

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Crystal Meeks at 815.756.1221 /

JO:  77.19CM

Crystal Meeks
Sr. Technical Recruiter

Our Industrial Laboratory Recruitment Team specializes in placing candidates at all levels of the chemical development cycle from Laboratory Technicians to Executive Leadership in Research.  I joined CPS in 2011 as a full cycle recruiter and have expertise in the following areas:


Technical Leadership ~ Product Development ~ Organic and Polymer Synthesis 
Formulation ~ Research & Development 
Application Chemistry ~ Technical Service
Process Chemistry ~ Analytical Chemistry ~ Method Development
Regulatory Compliance ~ EH&S ~ Quality Assurance ~ Quality Control 


My recruitment philosophy encompasses the belief that people are the greatest asset in an organization.  Finding the right fit is not only about the technology.  It is about how an employee fits within an organization's culture and ensuring that both parties can add value to each other immediately and in the future.   


If you have interest in finding an opportunity that aligns with your career goals, or if you are a hiring manager looking for talent that can add value to your organization, I would love to hear from you!

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