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Unilever R&D SCL Lux Formulator/ R&D SCL Lux Project Lead in Mumbai, India


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We are looking to hire a R&D SCL Lux Formulator/ R&D SCL Lux Project Lead in our Skin Cleansing team based in Mumbai :

Role Focus:

High Quality Independent Responsibility of medium sized projects


5 years of experience, Post graduate & functional skills move from Working Knowledge to Fully Operational in most areas

Purpose & Context:

Unilever is one of the biggest players in FMCG market globally. As part of recent strategy cascade “Compass”, It has been decided that Unilever would participate to win in all categories and markets globally. Skin Care is an integral part of Unilever’s beauty business. There is increasing competitive pressure in South Asia, hence developing mixes/rolling out innovations that add value to consumers while benefitting our busine ss is very important.

R&D Skin Cleansing team (located at Mumbai) is responsible for global design, adaptation and rollouts of skin cleansing formats- primarily soap bars, bodywashes, hand-sanitizers and other novel formats.

The current job description being discussed is for an R&D associate.

She (He) would be responsible for specific products, processes, technology development & landing into relevant geographies. The job needs continuous interaction with cross functional teams including Brand Development, Consumer Marketing Insight, Consumer Technical Insights, Claims, Supply Chain, legal, regulatory & Supply Management teams as well as critical functions like SEAC, S&T teams, processing teams & clinical functions.

The job involves intense cross functional engagement & working in Project teams.


It is expected that the incumbent, during the course of his (her) work, will need to deliver the following:

Understanding the consumer habits & needs as required by the Project team while articulating the needs of business. Develop product solutions as needed by the business project briefs, articulated as an outcome of Project team work. Develop processes to manufacture product solution developed. Ensuring compliance to Internal Unilever protocols while developing product solutions with respect to commitment to safety, environment, claim support, specification management etc.

In addition to the above, it is expected that he(she) would contribute pro-actively in identifying & supporting Value improvement opportunities for Skin Cleansing portfolio of products.

  • Preparation of technical transfer dockets

  • Start developing depth in specific technical area (Formulation/Processing/Packaging) or (RM/Product/Pack/Process Specification generation and Development)

  • Conduct technical trials and leads and manages a team of technicians/staff.

  • Analysis & interpretation of data

  • Represents own function in Cross-functional team in Project meetings.

  • Operational interactions with Factories/Suppliers

  • Develops working knowledge of related skill areas other than own function (e.g., manufacturing, buying, QA) and begins to manage the interfaces.

  • Contributes to patents and papers as per the need of the work/research

  • Can Independently Scale-up formulations (Planning & Executing) from bench to Pilot Scale & from Pilot to Main Plant levels and monitor the stability performance inline with the global stability protocol

  • Is independently able to support the Technology Roll-out to the Sourcing Units

  • Supports the Team in 5S activities mainly alternate vendor (or 3P) development process including RM Specification Evaluation, understanding the RM Synthesis pathway, Technical Auditing of the Supplier Manufacturing and QA Capabilities along with the QA team.

Required Professional skills

  • Post Graduate with knowledge of chemistry (preferably Pharmacy/chemical engineering)

  • People management skills

  • Good Verbal/written Communication skills

  • Dealing with people from multicultural backgrounds.

  • Multi tasking ability

  • Ability to work independently with Innovation Project Team and represent Functional Team.

  • Understanding of Product Development Principles

  • Understanding of Project Management Principles

  • Understanding of R & D Processes and Protocols

  • Management of own technical program.

  • Ability to translate project / supply chain requirements into key deliverables.

  • Focused on larger picture & not bogged down by details

  • Is an active learner

  • Team player

  • Focused on delivery

General Skills

Good People Management Skills, Good Financial Skills, Good Communication skills, Good MS Office Skills, Business Sense, Negotiation Skills, Influencing others skills

R & D Skills


(Working Knowledge)

  • Deep Understanding of category technologies within competitive framework

  • Understanding of ingredients, formulation, fragrance/flavour & ways of working related to them

  • Effectively managing stability protocol and conditions

    Smart Innovations - Delivering simple & cost effective solutions/process fit to consumers/market need

PROCESSING SCIENCE ( Working Knowledge)

  • Understanding of Pro specification creation, technology transfer. Plans, manages and executes plant trials & handover to Supply chain

  • Understanding of core design principles, Process characterization & engineering, applying principles of process chemistry, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics to new formulations for creating an understanding of process effects on product performance

  • Understanding of site lab , pilot expansions and capex Plans, implements and building processing capability to adopt next generation technologies

CTI & SENSORY TESTING ( Working Knowledge)

  • Understands, develops, applies and manages traditional/ standard qualitative techniques (focus groups, in depth interviews, etc.)

  • Understands, develops, applies and manages quantitative methods

  • Analyses, interprets and reports consumer research data, extracting insights and competitive advantage

  • Understands, develops, applies and manages sensory tests

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ( Working Knowledge)

  • Deep Understanding of Innovation Process Management (IPM) & implementation of product deployment as per FE and following risk assessment

  • Build effective interface with supply chain partners and suppliers to execute projects and VIP - appreciation of roles of various functional areas within & outside R&D


  • Execute/Deploy Flawlessly, Track design quality & dynamically give inputs to optimise for driving superiority

  • Effectively drive Knowledge based selling (Demo, PR, Digital technical content, KOL connect etc) to deliver business KPIs

    Build effective partnership with cross functional (Marketing & Supply chain) to deliver business performance

ISSUE MANAGEMENT ( Working Knowledge)

  • Deep Understanding of Unilever Ingredient policies, Product safety (PELICAN & Eco-design) & sustainability & Renewable Ingredients/materials

  • Understanding of Category Regulatory, IPR, FDA requirements (INDIA + BSPAN) including imports and compliance adherence

  • Understanding of Lab and Pilot plant safety, equipment's, Industry Regulation Site Related Protocols and operational WOW, ER and Overall Compliance

Job Category: Research/Development

Job Type: Product Dev Technician

Industry: UnileverExperiencedProfessionals