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Associate Scientist

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Trumbull, CT
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Associate Scientist 

Business Context and Main Purpose of the Job:

  • Hair Care is a growing, complex and highly competitive category, not only because of global competitors, but also because of local brands that are driving more growth in the category. Our Sundial share is strong in the textured hair care market.  Our Ambition is to continue to grow and maintain our strong Global #1 position through technical innovations.
  • As part of the Sundial Hair Strategy, future growth will come from new product innovation initiatives.  These innovations will be new to the market delivering consumer benefits across the key markets like US, EU, Canada etc with disruptive technologies.
  • This role will develop and deliver ingredient specifications and technical documentation as required to support innovation, renovation, and cost saving initiatives for Sundial Brands.  Day-to-day the ownership and management of Unilever's Technical Specification Portfolio for delivery to R&D Formulation, SMT, QA, and Procurement.  Also, provide direction to R&D Formulation team on any new/innovative ingredients that may lead to disruptive formulations.

Main Accountabilities:

  • Assess raw material dossiers and analytical criteria submitted by suppliers for corporate compliance
  • Initiate and follow up with suppliers to provide documentation to maintain their raw material
  • Creation of part codes in SAP MDM Tool.
  • Working with Global MET Spec team on new raw materials or updating current
  • Work with Procurement on ingredient alternatives
  • Coding of new raw materials
  • Updating PLM to harmonize raw materials
  • Collaboration with network required to secure accurate input into spec content: Design and Deploy Teams, Technical Management, Regulatory, Brand Development, Brand Building, Suppliers, Procurement, and Supply Chain
  • Responsible for ensuring that regional requirements can be met via global specifications
  • Work with suppliers to keep abreast of new ingredients, regulatory and new claim methodologies by regularly attending external industry meetings .
  • Working with senior leadership to evaluate trends, explore new territories and extend broader understandings of various formats and technologies thru various sources, and get the learnings feeding into new innovations ideas for new brands.  

Skills and Leadership Behaviours:

  • Strong Scientific technical Background.  Minimum of 0-3 years of experience required in a related field required
  • Experience in natural ingredients, a plus
  • BS or BA in Chemistry, Biology or related Scientific Field or equivalent experience;  Analytical Chemistry a plus.
  • Holding pioneer/’start-up’ spirit, open-minded and embrace new ways of working, willing to take new challenges and explore new approach to drive speed and novelty in innovations.
  • Strong communication skills & proven ability to interact across a range of functions & leadership groups and deal with people from multicultural backgrounds.
  • Strong customer service skills with an emphasis on the ability to develop positive internal and external professional relationships
  • Independent ability to identify a problem, seek out a resolution and implement a corrective action
  • Good Verbal/written Communication skills ability to influence peers, key stakeholders and various partners.
  • Well understand product development principles, R&D processes and protocols, good ability to identify the risk and mitigation plan.
  • Good digital acumen, always design product with E-commerce & Social commerce ‘genes’
  • Excellent team collaboration spirit, strong leadership in team coaching and management
  • Strong ability to work under high pressure and good problem-solving skills  
  • A “Can do” attitude that does whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Growing mindset, fast learning on new things, keep analysing and summarize experiences and best practice in a systematic manner.
  • Great passion in skin care, keep paying attention to the evolving market outside and keep pace with trends.
  • Be agile and flexible, think out of box to keep exploring better ways of working.


“1+ years of science experience with a BS or BA in Chemistry, Biology or related Scientific Field. Experience with natural ingredients a plus!”

  • Strong Scientific technical Background.  Minimum of 0-3 years of experience required in a related field required
  • Experience in natural ingredients, a plus
  • BS or BA in Chemistry, Biology or related Scientific Field or equivalent experience;  Analytical Chemistry a plus.

For office-based, Research & Development, and remote positions, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to be eligible for employment. Religious and/or medical accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

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