9 days ago
  • LevelMid Level
  • ProfessionsProduct Development Manager
  • TypeFull Time
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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Your role in a nutshell

To lead all relevant areas of formula product development and innovation to ensure the prompt availability of quality products for businesses that are safe, effective, suitable for mass production, in line with the brand/category innovation strategy. Ensure launch commitments are met according to lead times and costs.
Based in London or West Sussex

More about the role

  • Lead all relevant areas of product development (NPD/OPS) from marketing brief to launch
  • Brief subcontractors to develop the best formula in terms of quality, performance, innovation, and price within the agreed timing, and in respect of R&D guidelines
  • Evaluate conformity of samples submitted
  • Successful follow-up of projects with key internal/external partners,
  • Ensure flow of information and samples are done on time from/to vendors and with internal departments
  • Anticipate fails, provide projects risk assessments,
  • Plan backup formulas to secure launch
  • Ensure all the test results are available on time (formulation, stability, challenge test, safety test..) commit to the agreed timing with subcontractors and internal teams,
  • Monitor and validate product manufacturing, attend 1st production batch where required,
  • Compile all documents
  • Alert manager + propose action plan + evaluation of timings / cost, for formula related issue.
  • Promotes innovation, pro-actively investigating new formulations, propose innovative technologies
  • Ensure the R&D related quality of subcontracting and maintain the accuracy of documentation and procedures
  • Commercially control spend within specific remit, working creatively and in a SMART way to reduce both overall costs whilst increasing efficiency

What we look for

  • In-depth knowledge of your profession (formulation, cosmetic products, development phases, etc.)
  • Ability to maintain an overall view of operations within your business unit
  • Ability to identify, draw on and assimilate a range of information (patents, bibliographies, competition, etc.) and apply it to your activity
  • Ability to anticipate and adapt your organisation
  • Knowledge of communication techniques (oral and written) and teaching skills
  • Detailed knowledge of relevant IT resources and software
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build a broad network within research
  • Educated to Degree level  in Chemistry / Cosmetic science

The Body Shop

When Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976, she had a vision. Business as a force for good – that’s us. Over 40 years later, we’re proud to be pioneering cruelty-free beauty every step of the way. We’re the original ethical beauty brand. We’ve got a thing for empowering people and enriching our planet. We’re all about keeping it real, in every way possible. Our activist roots remain a huge part of everything we do, from our iconic window posters to our vegetarian products to our infamous campaigns. We’re never afraid to stand up and speak the truth. We like to do things a little differently around here.
The Body Shop, along with Aesop and Natura, is part of Natura & Co, a global, multi-channel and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. Group owner Natura is Brazil's number one cosmetics manufacturer. Sustainable development has been the company's guiding principle since it was founded in 1969. In fact, this is an incredibly exciting time for The Body Shop. We’re fighting for what we believe in now more than ever. No holding back. Breaking the mould has always come naturally to us, and we need someone who’s not afraid to mix things up.

What we offer in return

  • a 6% contributory pension plan, 
  • 23 days holiday plus bank holidays - time to refresh and recharge 
  • Group bonus scheme 
  • 3 additional days a year to volunteer in the local community to support the causes you feel most passionate about 
  • LOVE money to spend on YOUR wellbeing - pamper yourself on us. Every year. 
  • 50% staff discount and access to product sample sales 
  • Access to Perks at Work, our online shopping channel with exclusive deals & discounts 
  • AND - we have also implemented 'Work Wise' into our HQ - flexibility of 'in-office' hours, the ability to work remotely and a new meeting charter. 
Here at The Body Shop we've got your best interests at heart - it's our way of saying thank you!  If you are excited by all that - you might just be the sort of person we need to help us make the impactful change the world needs within a business that invented the culture of ‘joyful collective' and everything that means and stands for.  We have something special to offer and we’re looking for someone special to help us to do that. Show us how you can contribute to the next step in the evolution of The Body Shop.  We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Skills Required

  • Product Development

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