United States, Darien, CT, Beauty Care

Principal Scientist - Darien, CT


At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That’s why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.


•         Be a technical leader and innovative thinker in hair color formulation and support launch activities. Leads key tasks such as supporting product initiatives and business strategy to completion and independently develop products or technologies which meet product performance, quality and timing requirements.

•         Develops technical models to explain and predict results and demonstrating an ability to plan, perform, analyze, and draw conclusions from complex technical experiments.  Present technical findings to upper management. Applies in-depth knowledge of marketplace, products, and trends, and participates in the development of future competitive strategies.

•         Communicates complex ideas in a clear, simple manner that captures people's attention (e.g., graphics, pictures, analogies, concrete examples). Has high tolerance for uncertainty; enjoys working in fluid environments that demand creativity. Is flexible and willing to change his/her mind in the face of new data or convincing counter-arguments.

•         Participate in pilot and first production batches and write detailed descriptions of batching procedures to ensure batch reproducibility. Handle formulation and manufacturing issues for new and existing products. Demonstrate knowledge of basic industry regulations related to on-going projects and engage in acquiring more knowledge regarding regulations affecting product development in international markets.

•         Coach and mentor junior department members in the art of cosmetic and consumer science or equivalent. On-board new junior level chemists/temps in formulation technology and best lab practices. Conducts his/her own laboratory experiments.

•         Interact with departments and colleagues within and outside of R&D, including, but not limited to, Marketing, Manufacturing, QA and Salon Services.  Seek out and read industry literature as it relates to new assignments and technologies.  Conduct patent searches on project related technologies, summarize and review search results with supervisor.

•         Assist in the maintenance of laboratory raw materials, glassware, supplies and waste removal. Actively participate in the development of new and innovative products or technologies with interdepartmental colleagues. Communicate effectively and routinely with supervisor and, as needed, colleagues on all projects.

•         Gain a working knowledge of laboratory equipment utilized to evaluate the physical and performance attributes of various product types.  Maintain an organized, clean and tidy laboratory and cubicle workspace. Handle other projects and duties as assigned. Travel to manufacturing facility in Geneva New York 15%.  Worker must periodically review the materials Hazardous Book of Guidelines.

•BS, MS or PhD in Chemistry, Biology, Engineering or related field.

•Minimum 10-15 years of industry experience (BS or MS)

•Minimum of 8+ years of industry experience (PhD)

Henkel is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

Henkel does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Unsolicited referrals and resumes are considered Henkel property and therefore, Henkel will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited referral.  At Henkel’s request only, preferred vendors may be invited to refer talent for specific open positions. In these cases, a fully-executed agreement with Henkel must be in place and current.

All employees applying for an internal position must have a discussion with his/her manager about their interest in a job posting opportunity. The discussion will not preclude the employee from interviewing if their skills meet the job requirements.

JOB ID: 20001129
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
Contact information for application-related questions: 1-866-836-7067


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