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Unilever Senior Product Development Chemist in Boston, Massachusetts

Senior Product Development Chemist

Boston, MA (


Living Proof is seeking an innovative and motivated Senior Product Development Chemist to lead development activities of new hair care products. The Chemist will be responsible for independently planning and leading the formulation of high-performing hair care and hair styling products. This is a full-time position based in Boston, MA, and will report to the Associate Director of Product Development.


  • Independently formulate new hair products with strong performance benefits and innovative technology stories.

  • Lead and manage all technical aspects of new formulation programs while ensuring that formulas align to project briefs, adhere to prescribed timetables, and fall within required cost targets.

  • Identify technical insights on new formulas to establish a clear scientific mode-of-action that builds into strong product concepts and claims.

  • Actively formulate to anticipate and avoid potential scale-up and manufacturing challenges.

  • Interpret product stability and preservative efficacy test findings and recommend action steps.

  • Work directly with stylists to qualify prototype performance, utilizing internal test salon as well as internal and external consumer use testing.

  • Evaluate formula design and performance of competitive products.

  • Support tech transfer to third party manufacturing facilities for scale-up and production, including identifying and generating appropriate product specifications. Must be willing to travel to third party manufacturing sites.

  • Communicate and present program updates and technical data within cross-functional internal and external project team environment.

  • Identify potential technical and regulatory issues, proactively establish, and implement an action plan to ensure issues are not realized in market.

  • Build and manage relationships with raw material vendors, contract manufacturers and external technical consultants.

  • Maintain strong working relationships within Living Proof. Use these relationships to assess/identify project opportunities and issues.

  • Continuously enhance formulation knowledge and skills by attending industry trade shows, seminars, and mentoring junior chemists and technicians.

  • Research and maintain understanding of hair and scalp science.


Skills and Experience

  • High level of downstream experience formulating a wide range of products such as creams, lotions, solutions, serums, mousses, surfactant systems, and aerosols.

  • A passion for formulating new and innovative products, working with novel raw materials, and approaching formula design with a creative, non-conventional approach.

  • Thorough knowledge of cosmetic raw materials and understanding of latest technologies.

  • Self-starter with proven ability to effectively lead all technical aspects of projects from concept to launch, execute tasks within defined program timelines, and work independently with limited oversight.

  • Familiar with function and technical challenges of various packaging delivery systems; pump sprays, tubes, squeeze bottles, BOV, aerosols, air-less packs, and lotion pumps.

  • Experience in leading or assisting in tech transfer, scale-up, and full-scale production batches.

  • Familiar with GLP, cGMP, and QA/QC personal care industry best practices.

  • Experience with leading multiple projects in parallel and problem-solving through challenges.

  • Must possess an entrepreneurial spirit and be willing to pivot as needed when priorities change.

  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively on cross-functional teams.

  • Demonstrated exceptional aptitude towards understanding consumer insights and applying them towards the development of superior product designs.

  • Formulation and raw material regulatory guidelines and restrictions knowledge required, specifically for NA and EU.

  • Exhibit excellent organization, planning, and multi-tasking skills.

  • Must have strong interpersonal, written/verbal, and presentation skills.

  • Experience with mentoring junior chemists, interns, co-ops, and temps a plus.

Professional Qualifications

  • BS/MS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, or related science.

  • Minimum of eight years of personal care formulating experience required. Hair care development highly preferred.

Diversity is a core value at Living Proof. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all employees. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.