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Sr R&D Executive – Product Development  (Powders)

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Mumbai, Maharashtra
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We are looking to hire a R&D Associate /Sr. R&D Associate – Product Development (Powders), Clean Future and Operations in our Home Care team based in Mumbai:


  • Laundry category has consistent growth globally.
  • Category has decided to accelerate this growth in the South Asia
  • Major emphasis has been laid in the space of Premium laundry detergent powders through development of foundation products and market development initiatives.
  • Scope and complexity of these projects is high and there is significant existing deploy workload on entire premium powders portfolio.
  • Therefore, it has been agreed by category to have a dedicated development officer (WL 1B) to be deployed on laundry powders portfolio to manage formulation & processing.

Job description:

Innovation and 5S Responsibilities

  • Work stream support for all innovation and VIP projects for all South Asia premium laundry powder projects
  • Establish initial process feasibility (pilot scale) and establish main plant feasibility based on pilot scale learnings.
  • Suggest modifications based on technical learning’s and understanding.
  • Develop or make batches using different technology approach.
  • Track shelf-life studies for projectsand carry out the storage studies adhering to the standard protocols.
  • Assess and interpret data obtained during sample storage.
  • Defining the RM and FG specification for the innovation and VIP projects
  • Execute consumer testing, logistics management and project team updates.
  • Part of innovation network team and ensuring OTIF delivery in landing the projects
  • Support CTI/Packaging sample preparation work.
  • Approval & development of local supplier base for global specifications

Delivered quality and consumer Complaint.

  • Partner with Supply Chain & Quality teams on technical matters for Quality improvement, & delivery of Quality metric targets in the region
  • Input to resolve quality complaint and take corrective and preventive actions.
  • Responsible for technical input into local care line operation
  • Conduct Process FMEAs, Risk Assessments to ensure the consistency in delivered quality.

Competition & Others

  • Monitor competitor activity, ensuring GDC & Brand teams are fully briefed.
  • Ensure robust claim support & regulatory compliance for all brands & communications.

Problem complexity

  • Deployment of complex & novel technologies
  • Provide technical support complex competition challenge and legal battles.
  • Root cause analysis of quality issues & consumer complaints
  • Managing product improvement & material cost reduction program often simultaneously
  • Lead 5S for laundry powders and network with regional & global touchpoints.

Lateral contact the candidate will have exposure

  • Stakeholder interface with Laundry R&D Director, CCBT, GDC, Discover, SEAC, Regulatory teams.
  • Partnering with Regional / Global Brand Development & Local Brand Building teams
  • Supply Chain, Supply Management & CQA
  • Interface with suppliers & external agencies, labs, technical institutes & experts
  • Other R&D interface: CTI, appraisal, packaging, processing

Educational Qualification

  • Minimum Qualification - MSc Chemistry / M Pharm/ BE Chemical Engineering / B.Tech. Chemical Engineering
  • Minimum 2-4 years’ experience in  R&D (HPC)
  • Area of SpecializationProduct Development / Technology Development / process engineering
  • Experience of working in cross cultural team on regional / global projects is required.
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