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Formulation Chemist

Company: Vi-Jon
Location: Smyrna
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Specialist R&D (Formulation Chemist)
Summary :
The Specialist R & D is responsible for developing new personal care product formulas. Reformulating and/or improving current formulas. This position works primarily with Marketing, Regulatory Affairs, and Product Development Personnel. The Specialist R & D frequently works with Analytical Services, Cost Accounting and Purchasing. Occasionally works with other departments such as Engineering, Buyer/Planner, etc. This position requires a candidate that works with general direction, broad policies and goals; requires frequent review of work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Reformulate/Develop robust quality formulas meeting Marketing's specifications as indicated by a New Product Profile through bench experimentation
Create and/or reviews and approves technical documents to support developmental projects. (i.e. Ingredient Statements, Manufacturing Formula Cards, Cost Formulas)
Develop robust manufacturing processes for development projects in conjunction with other Specialist R & D
Including active participation in pilot plant/scale up activities
Develops specifications for new and/or reformulated product insuring high quality
Source and approve new and/or alternate raw materials
Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis on raw materials using laboratory experimentation
Formulate products including powder, liquid and gel products to meet ingredient standards and deadlines
Follow industry standards on scientific significance, accuracy, safety and record keeping
Optimize formulated ingredients to meet cost objectives and to manage availability of raw materials
Execute project commitments and pursue contingency plans
Conduct stability testing and record results
Test substances for composition, properties, structures and reactions
Prepare research proposals including analytical, technical and financial data for developing and testing new or improved products
Identify testing abnormalities and execute corrective actions
Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Education Requirements:
A Bachelors Degree in Chemistry or related science; or five years of related experience and/or training; or combination of education and experience

Experience Requirements:
Minimum 1 year laboratory experience (including college laboratory experience)
3+ years formulating experience in personal care or related
Intermediate experience with MS Word, Excel and Power Point reporting tools and all Microsoft applications
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, and ratios to practical situations


Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast paced high volume environment required
Understanding of what it takes to get a basic project to market
Ability to manage basic projects through the organization
Able to report on project progress
Solid understanding of the commercialization process
Preference towards collaborating on group projects rather than working individually
High standards for quality of work
Enthusiastic, with a positive attitude and passion for innovation
Strong information management and communication skills
Efficient management of time and use of resources
Inspires confidence and trust by being dependable and honest
Intrinsic drive to support team goals by learning and applying new skills and concepts
Good listening skills and willingness to accept constructive criticism and learn from mistakes
Logical approach to judgement and decision making based on original thinking, direct experience, and high quality, independently verifiable evidence
Eager to learn
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical
Ability to deal with ambiguity
Exhibit a team based approach
Interpersonal savvy
Priority setting
Process management
Drive for results

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


Work Environment:
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Frequently lifts 5-50lbs packages from floor to shelf, table, or cart.

Keywords: Vi-Jon, Smyrna , Formulation Chemist, Other , Smyrna, Tennessee

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