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SENIOR FORMULATION CHEMIST

Company: Vi-Jon
Location: Smyrna
Posted on: May 10, 2019

Job Description:

Vi-Jon is one of the nation's oldest brand and private label Health and Beauty Care companies, serving retailers in all 50 states and Canada. For over 100 years, the Vi-Jon name has come to represent some of the highest standards in the manufacturing of quality products in the Health and Beauty Care industry. The Vi-Jon corporate headquarters are in St. Louis, Missouri, and we operate manufacturing and distribution centers in Missouri and Tennessee 24 hours a day.

Vi-Jon is a company of tradition and commitment to our associates and our customers, and our company culture reflects that. By joining Vi-Jon, you will become part of a team-oriented and entrepreneurial culture that allows associates to grow both personally and professionally. We recognize that a company is not a building, production line, equipment or products, but people. Our company is not made up of just people, but individuals who together make up a team - the Vi-Jon team

Job Title: Senior Formulation Chemist
The Senior Formulation Scientist is responsible for developing pharmaceutical and cosmetic dosage forms in the skin, hair and oral care market segments. Works as hands on formulator as well as acts a go to formulations "expert" for personal care by providing guidance and professional development to the formulations team. This position will be responsible for new formula development, optimization/reformulation of existing products and subsequent scale-up in a multi-disciplinary team setting. This position works primarily with Marketing, Regulatory Affairs, and Product Development Personnel. This position requires a candidate that works with general direction, broad policies and goals; requires minimum supervision.
Essential Functions
---Formulates, prepares laboratory batches and assist with scale-up of assigned product formulations.
---Maintain a legible and accurate record of all pertinent data and testing in the laboratory notebook including a detailed manufacturing procedure. Follows procedures accurately; notes any critical observations during laboratory experiments.
---Develops product specifications by evaluating physical/chemical properties of raw materials and formulations (viscosity, specific gravity, microscopic examination, pH, etc.)
---Conduct physical stability testing (at controlled temperatures) necessary to evaluate robustness of candidate formulae.
---Sources and obtains all appropriate raw material samples for the development of new or reformulation products.
---Resolves processing problems in a multi-disciplinary team setting.
---Evaluates patents and drafts patent applications for unique formulation or ingredient application.
---Provides technical assistance related to product formula to support departments as required (i.e. ATF, VOC data, consumer inquiry).
---Creates, reviews and approves technical documents to support developmental projects. (i.e. Ingredient Statements, Manufacturing Formula Cards, Cost Formulae, etc)
---Evaluates new processing methods, equipment and materials in a multi-disciplinary team setting.
---Keeps informed on industry trends, equipment, facilities, materials and procedures used for the manufacture of pharmaceutical and cosmetic dosage forms.
---Assist in establishing meaningful specifications for raw materials and finished dosage forms.
---Prepare clear and concise status and summary reports on projects.
---Represent formulation team in project meetings.
---Ability to communicate clearly and simply both orally and in writing.
---Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
---Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
---Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
---Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, and ratios to practical situations.
---Occasional travel may be required.
---All other duties as assigned


Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related biological Science required.
Experience: Must have 8 years of experience personal care and or pharmaceutical laboratory product formulations in a company. Must have expert knowledge of a laboratory and cGMP practices as well as expert knowledge of personal care chemicals. Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite.
Physical Demands / Visual Acuity: Walking, talking, hearing, balancing, reaching, grasping, standing, and stooping and excellent communication skills. Job sedentary in nature, however, employee is required to exert force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds. Lifting can be performed by/with other workers. Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less, with the ability to distinguish colors and adjust eye to bring objects into sharper focus. Prolonged mental attention and color vision being critical.
Environmental/Atmospheric Conditions: Exposure to normal lab environment, including some hazardous chemicals. Will be exposed to ambient noise level in a manufacturing environment.
An essential element of the Vi-Jon culture is our commitment to diversity. Vi-Jon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants, and make all employment decisions, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to recruiting and retaining the best talent in the health and beauty care industry.

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