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Assistant Manager - Naturals Formulation and Phytochemistry

Job ID:
R-21139
Category:
Research/Development
Location:
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Date posted:
08/25/2021

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We are looking to hire an Assistant Manager - Naturals Formulation and Phytochemistry based in Mumbai

REQUIREMENT FOR NEW ROLE

Unilever is market leader in Skin Cleansing category with over ~ €6 Bn turnover and has been growing well over several years. Naturals & Ayurveda is a huge opportunity and single biggest opportunity for X-BPC India. It is an ingrained system of thinking and not a trend in India, which is evident from the fact that Naturals and Ayurveda contribute to 42% i.e., 2.7 bn Euros of the Indian BPC (Beauty & Personal Care) market. As more and more people seek to go back to the roots and shun “chemicals” this part of the market is expected to grow even more exponentially.

  • This position is part of new Functional Naturals & Ayurveda COE within Skin Cleansing Category
  • Candidate will be responsible for supporting and assisting setting up the Functional Naturals & Ayurveda COE and Ecosystem across the Mumbai and Bangalore R&D Centres and linking up to global programs.
  • The purpose of this COE to be the epicenter of unmatched FUNCTIONAL NATURALS & AYURVEDA expertise, crafting products that deliver on their promise and inspire trust based on their foundation of deep science that amplifies NATURE.
  • The responsibilities also include assisting globally the Innovations on the following brands:  Ayush, Indulekha (non-hair), Vedayush and Hamam
  • This includes close working with external partners and working with internal Unilever.

EXPECTED WORK

Deliverables of work:

  • Assisting in developing of fully integrated Functional Naturals & Ayurveda program with functionality at its core and an integrated platform approach for cross BPC benefits. Key focus areas for this role include:
    • Proven Efficacy from Natural Functional Actives (Actives + Boosted)
    • Ecosystem for Functional Natural & Ayurvedic Actives Sourced Using Regenerate

   Principles and Formulations with Natural/Clean Chassis 

  • Assist in building ecosystem of partners who will bring in expertise, manufacturing capability and advocacy for the HUL Naturals program.
  • Assist delivering consumer and clinically superior mixes on Ayush, Indulekha (non-hair), Hamam and Vedayush globally.
  • Ensure compliance to Internal Unilever protocols, External regulatory environment while developing product solutions with respect to commitment to safety, environment, specification management etc.
  • Support work on understanding competitor formulation strategy globally and develop insights for us to derive competitive advantages

Key Experience

  • Experience in formulation development Experience on close partnership with S&T and landing new technologies on naturals in market
  • Sound knowledge on naturals and phytochemistry with solid experience on Naturals
  • Good exposure to external advocacy pool on Ayurveda and naturals and proven ability to leverage relationships on the same.
  • Experience in leading single/multi-country projects across BPC categories
  • Understanding of Natural/Ayurveda led BPC trends, benefits, ingredients, claims, and strategy
  • Digital Transformation skills both in ways of working and creating digital systems for accelerating speed and impact to market

Superior Innovations

  • Support Capability Leader in formulation design work for innovations initiatives to deliver functional natural superior and consumer winning products OTIF
  • Interactions with key suppliers for capability, partnership & open innovation initiatives
  • Responsible to deliver Technical Transfer via PLM for the sourcing and supply chain, per agreed quality standards
  • Support for product launch and roll-out, and the continuous improvement of products as per the agreed timelines
  • Develop technical expertise in relevant sciences and technologies (BPC), supported by recognised achievements and publications
  • Build and maintain strong networks with cross functional (Brand, CMI, SC etc) and R&D Cluster teams
  • Responsible for lab, pilot & MPT batches and Line managing and guiding junior WL1s and pilot plant staff
  • Ensure compliance to Internal Unilever protocols with respect to safety, environment, claims, specification management, etc.

Complexity Reduction

  • Support the formulation simplification for the brand to deliver the simplification objectives and drive margin improvement.
  • Support the formulation simplification agenda as required
  • Lead the new RM and alternate RM approval process working closely with suppliers and internal supply management teams

Skills

  • Good knowledge of Functional Natural, Phytochemistry. Chemistry, basic understanding of new product design and processing of personal care products would be an added advantage.
  • Basic understanding of IPR / Agreement process for projects involving exchange of confidential information.
  • Ability to work independently with cross functional partners and external parties to lead the project work.
  • Working knowledge of rheological assessment of personal care products.
  • Basic understanding of the claims challenge and substantiation process.
  • Basic understanding of statistical tools and complex data analysis.
  • Basic understanding of sustainability.
  • Excellent Project management skills with timelines and quality at the heart.
  • Excellent presentation skills.

Competency

  • Ability to influence leaders in the organization
  • Must be able to work well under pressure and manage conflict effectively
  • Significant understanding of the consumer business (FMCG model) preferred
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, team working and influencing skills
  • Strong communication & presentation skills
  • Business awareness & Influencing Skills.
  • Performance bias - Focuses effort and prioritizes work to deliver exceptional business value
  • Business awareness- Demonstrates understanding of internal and external customer needs and exceeds expectations.
  • Influencing people- Inspires others to contribute and uses a range of influencing styles
  • Wise decisions- Progresses issues even if only partial information is available; manages appropriate risks and manages the implications of actions.

Lateral contacts

  • The job will involve working with R&D Manager, Directors, Brand managers, Marketing Director, External partners to build ecosystem, other members of the design/technology team and the larger R&D team (including Deploy Team Leader), External Partners and Academics and consultants
  • R&D Directors and VPs
  • Brand managers, Marketing Director
  • External design agency
  • Other members of the design/technology team and the larger R&D team (including Deploy Team Leader)
  • Supply chain team members, SC director
  • External Partners (Raw Material Suppliers, Universities and Clinical CRO)
  • Academics and consultants

Business impact

This role is responsible for supporting OTIF (on time in full) delivery of all innovation projects, roll out and capability building for Functional Natural & Ayurvedic for BPC category.

Educational qualifications, experience & skills

Bachelor and Master of Chemistry, B. Pharma/M. Pharma, Doctoral degree, B.SC Tech with a Post Graduate Degree in Naturals will be best suit for the job.

Should have approximately 7 to 8 years of total work experience, preferably in S&T, design of Beauty and Personal care natural products. Design experience in a company engaged in the manufacture of Natural / Ayurvedic products). 

The candidate should have excellent leadership skills, project and people management skills, communication skills, and should be able to seamlessly interface with cross-functional team members from Marketing, and Commercial etc. 

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