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Products Preservation and applied Microbiologist - Elida Beauty

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Bebington, England
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Products Preservation and applied Microbiologist - Elida Beauty

Work Location - Liverpool

Job Type - Full Time

Who we are … we are ElidaBeauty

Elida Beauty is a very exciting new beauty and personal care business within Unilever.  We re-found iconic brands by remixing them for today’s generation, making them even bigger beauty hits than they were first time around. Our remixes democratize beauty, because we want everyone on the ‘beauty dance floor’ with our top-quality products at a great value.

Driven by our colleague’s creativity, agility and close connection with consumers, customers, and suppliers weare able tounleash the true potential of our loved brands with a fresh start.  We‘Re-Found’ them using a start-up mentality that always ‘finds a way’.  Our ‘no silos’, one team approach drives both personal and business growth so that together we deliver outcomes that are music to the ears of consumers, customers, colleagues and the planet alike.

Your Role & Key Responsibilities

Elida Beauty markets a wide and global portfolio of personal care products. The quality and safety of our productsareour highest priorities. We are looking for an experienced microbiologist to ensure that microbiological safety is built into the design of our productsthrough the use ofthe optimum choice of chemical, processing and packaging preservation approaches. Reporting into the Regulatory Manager, the work involves close collaboration with our third-party manufacturers and testing laboratories, together with colleagues in formulation, packaging and quality. The successful applicant will be constantly seeking new and better preservation solutions and will keep abreast of technology advances in microbiology and preservation science. You will have a pivotal role in investigating and rectifying any contamination issues, and implementing the lessons learnt. By maintaining a watching brief on preservative PR and regulatory issues, you will be able to anticipate their impact and ensure the product portfolio is well positioned to avoid any adverse consequences.

Your Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all products in the portfolio are microbiologically safe by design, with special emphasis to ensure new products arising from innovation programmes have successfully passed challenge testing when appropriate.

  • Primary liaison with outsourced microbiological testing laboratories (challenge testing and contamination investigation)

  • Assigning hygiene risk assessments to all products with clear instructions on how the scores should be interpreted in terms of manufacturing, quarantine and micro-testing.

  • Support quality colleagues to prepare the hygiene aspects good manufacturing practice for all product platforms and to keep this updated.

  • Run the period after opening programme for UK and continental EU products using third party laboratories.

  • Take the primary lead in investigating microbiological contamination incidents in raw materials or products and apply root cause analysis to identify the cause. Make clear recommendations on how to prevent a reoccurrence.

  • Maintain a window on the world of preservation through contacts with academia andsuppliers  toidentify better and/or morecost effectiveapproaches, especiallynon chemicalprocessing or packagingsolutions

Talent catalyst:

  • Responsible for growing and nurturing talent including succession planning ensuring organization is fit to win short and longterm

  • Key representative of Elida Beauty Limited within organization as well as externally across various key stakeholders and organizational bodies.


  • A degree in microbiology or a closely allied subject

  • Demonstrated through proven experience an understanding and good knowledge of the preservation of personal care products and manufacturing hygiene.

  • Experience and knowledge of preservation science and microbiological challenge testing, including rapid methods, and identification techniques for contaminating microorganisms.

  • A creative, logical and analytical mind to generate innovative solutions to technical design problems.

  • Ability to apply business leadership skills understanding and prioritise the impact of design decisions on cost, consumer and environment. 

  • You will need to be enthusiastic and self-motivated with good verbal and written communication skills.  Able to communicate design and engineering principles to people at all levels of the business, across different functions.

  • Experience of working in partnership with x-functional partners beneficial, especially Supply Chain and quality

We are looking for someone who can combine the technical knowledge of a microbiologist, with an entrepreneurial mindset - to constantly keep one-step ahead with competitive and game-changing innovations in preservation.

You are change maker:

You are constantly looking to improve the world and consumer experiences through safe and ethical products, to create new ways to deliver more value to Elida Beauty’s business growth. 

You are a leader: 

By combining technical knowledge with a passion for creative problem-solving, you never hesitate to act when faced with project obstacles.Confident in your expertise, you are prepared to take hard decisions and to defend them.

You love to win, and have fun doing it:

An infectious passion for success is a must.  You are detail-orientated with an ability to manage multiple fast-track projects in a collaborative team environment.     

You are astory teller:

You communicate how an ethical and safety-conscious approach allied to creativity and innovation allows us to produce winning products.  You adapt to your audience and use different styles to influence peers and senior stakeholders, both internally and externally.

Join us…

To ensure that your personal creativity helps to unlock our potential, we will upskill and reskill you. We will develop leading-edge digital marketing skills and best-in-class teamworking capabilities. 

Most importantly, we will give you the autonomy to use them like a ‘founder’. We will help you to think like a CEO so that we all focus on delivering our Purpose and so you drive growth as you develop. Imagine how good we will feel when we see that our creativity reignites growth in the business because consumers embrace our new ideas.

Better for our consumers, better for the world and better for each of us

The way we manufacture, package and distribute our products will be better for everyone and for the planet. We will bring a new meaning to diversity and inclusion by providing access to beauty products that suit every kind of skin and hair.

Excited about the Role?

Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against ourrequirementsand we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

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