• Formulation Chemist

    Job Location US-OH-Cincinnati
    Kao USA
    Cincinnati (Spring Grove Avenue)
    Job ID
  • Overview

    Kao USA seeks R&D Formulation Chemists at a variety of levels, skilled in the formulation of personal care products.  At Kao USA, R&D Formulation Chemists have primary responsibility for the ideation, formulation and commercialization of innovative personal care products for Kao USA in the areas of hair or skin care sciences. 


    Under the technical collaboration and/or direction of a Group Leader, they will develop multiple projects for regional and/or global application.  They are responsible for development, technical evaluation, and stability testing on their formulations.


    These positions require creative individuals with a passion for technical learning and curiosity.  Successful Chemists at Kao USA must be an action-oriented and well-organized, with the ability to handle changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.  The position will interact with individuals from a variety of functional and cultural backgrounds.


    Responsibilities may include:

    • Design, lead and analyze consumer research in order to actively translate consumer insights into innovative approaches from a formulation and/or communication standpoint
    • Apply technical competence and knowledge base gained from past experiences to generate new ideas that leads to innovative and proprietary products
    • Evaluate and/or develop new materials and technologies which result in the creation of a high quality stream of formula prototypes for consumer/technical testing
    • Represent their project(s) at cross-functional team meetings, providing updates on R&D progress and insights and be involved in project team decisions. 
    • Create and maintain all of the necessary documentation in order to develop and commercialize the products (i.e. lab notebooks, specifications, technical test methods/data, etc). 
    • Work with the process engineer to help transition the formulations to the pilot plant and full scale manufacturing, including support during  plant trials or start of production.
    • Partner in the creation of strong, substantiated claims and other consumer and customer communication with the marketing department
    • Support current brand business, including maintaining current products in market.  Partnering with Quality in identifying solutions for manufacturing issues, qualifying alternate source raw materials for Purchasing, and identifying ways to reduce product costs with Finance.


    • Bachelor of Science degree required (cosmetic chemistry, chemistry, biological sciences or chemical engineering, preferred), Masters & Ph.D also desired
    • 2+ years of experience in downstream formulation experience in consumer goods, preferably with personal care or household products, especially those in liquid form.
    • Ability to develop products from inception to market realization, not just modifications to an existing formula.  Must be capable of creating a recipe and not just modifying a known recipe.
    • Strong knowledge base within chemistry and principles of formulating emulsion and suspension products. Working knowledge in physical testing and analytical methods
    • Independent thinker with the ability to “connect the dots” across previously unconnected ideas to create a new combination of ideas
    • Highly collaborative, driven and self-motivated with a positive attitude
    • High degree of technical curiosity and technical mastery, paired with desire to understand the consumer-need and insight.
    • Problem solver with the ability to handle multiple and changing priorities in a fast paced, dynamic organization
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to clearly articulate transfer of thoughts and data. Should be able to convey a project’s thoughts, goals and objectives through presentation.


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