Senior Chemist

Career Opportunity


The Senior Chemist is responsible for formulating all types of skin care, sun care, color cosmetics, and hair care products showcasing Shin-Etsu's materials. This position will provide high level technical support assisting sales staff and customers, attend customer visits to give presentations, and assist in training of distributers.


Paramus, NJ

Employment Type

Full-time, Direct Hire

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform theseessential functions.
  • Understand Shin-Etsu's materials and technologies and develop formulations to demonstrate the benefits and applications of these materials and technologies.
  • Perform customer focused formulation work based on sales/customer request. Create solutions through creativity and resourcefulness. Reformulate and resubmit based on feedback.
  • Maintain focus on application and formulation of personal care products (color/skin/hair care).
  • Develop detailed lab scale process for success. This includes order of addition, critical raw materials and processing parameters, bench standard and benchmark, and lab scale preliminary specification and test results.
  • Create new raw material applications and formulations as well as new consumer end product applications and formulations. Maintain continuous improvement of existing raw material applications and formulations.
  • Develop technical methodologies and out of the box thinking for illustrating proof of concept.
  • Provide technical support to sales staff and customer; participate on account teams and teleconferences
  • Participate in training of distributors/customers with the ability to conduct the training when needed.
  • Prepare and present technical presentations on independent research projects.
  • Work closely with junior chemists and technicians to teach, coordinate, and collaborate on projects leading to well- planned and executed bench work and successful sample submissions.
  • Local travel to customers and trade shows, which may involve domestic flying. International travel may be considered. Typical travel requirements are 15%. Travel amounts may fluctuate based on business need.
  • Understand competitive environments in silicone and other raw material technologies and maintain awareness of industry trends.
  • Meet with raw material vendors to learn about new technologies and new raw materials that can be utilized to create/improve innovative technology offerings.
  • Collaborate as a key team member contributing innovative ideas, expertise, knowledge, and experiences with a strong team spirit.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by manager.
Education & Experience
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry is strongly preferred but will consider other science related degrees.
  • 5+ years' experience of formulating O/W and W/O emulsions. Preferably skin care and/or color cosmetic emulsions.
  • In-depth experience managing product development from inception through testing to scale-up and some experience with reverse engineering to match a product benchmark.
  • Hair care (shampoos, conditioners) and hair styling (creams, pomades, gels, lotions) formulation experience is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Read and interpret written instructions and analyze data.
  • Strong scientific summarizing skills (experimental results and call reports).
  • Ability to evaluate formulas, interpret results and communicate improvements.
  • Proficient with operating the following instrumentation: viscometer, pH meter, homogenizer, and microscope.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Work effectively as a leader and within a team environment.
  • Ability to present in both a large and small public presentation setting.
  • Function as a team member in a closely knit group.
  • Provide technical advice, support, guidance and development to less experienced team members.
  • Driven, detail oriented, self-starter able to handle challenging technical business needs and opportunities.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently with limited supervision.
  • Independent thinker capable of working in a collaborative environment.
  • Identify and eliminate potential problem areas with "out of the box" thinking style.
  • Ability to wear all required PPE.
Work Environment:
  • This position operates primarily in a cosmetics laboratory.
  • The role routinely uses standard lab equipment such as pH meters, viscometers, homogenizer, overhead mixer, microscope, and other instrumentation relevant to analysis including a variety of hand tools.
Physical Demands::
  • Stands or walks 6hrs/day or more
  • Handles organic solvents, silicones, powders, volatile fluids, acids and bases, nitrogen gas
  • Works with mechanical equipment
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Position: Senior Chemist