The Estee Lauder Companies Executive Director, Formulation & Innovation in Blaine, Minnesota

Executive Director, Formulation & Innovation

Brand: Aveda

Description

Position Summary:

Leads formulation of hair care/color products. Set technical direction, in partnership with Marketing, Product Development and Creative Stylists, to ensure products meet guest and business and expectations, goals and timelines. Fosters an awareness of competitive activity, sorting through key trends to ensure the EL technology and products will surprise competition and delight consumers. Ensure EL is focused on the biggest opportunities. Ensures lab work is to GLP standards. Ensure lab focus on continually improving safety. Co-ordinates between R&D functions. Functions as the key R&D “voice” with other functions, particularly Product Development and Marketing. Actively manages and leads of resolution of critical path challenges from an R&D perspective. Grows the skills of his/her team in general skills area (communication, decision making, relationship management, improving processes, etc.).

Job Description:

  • Leads formulation of hair care/color products. Set technical direction, in partnership with Marketing, Product Development and Creative Stylists, to ensure products meet guest and business and expectations, goals and timelines. Ensures all new and reformulated hair care products meet target performance, stability, and aesthetic goals while maximizing formula’s % natural / naturally derived content. Requires careful and constant opportunity prioritizations to ensure limited resources are working on most critical and highest potential projects.

  • Understands and champions Aveda mission aligned formulation approaches, including botanicals as actives and green chemistry.

  • Foster an awareness of competitive activity, sorting through key trends to ensure the EL technology and products will surprise competition and delight consumers. Ensure EL is focused on the biggest opportunities.

  • Ensures lab work is to GLP standards. Ensure lab focus on continually improving safety.

  • Collaborates on claims, demos, and visualization (CDV) in partnership with the Claims, Product Development and Marketing teams, with particular focus on early identification of compelling demos and visuals which will enhance storytelling and create a CDV pipeline.

  • Oversees commercialization of new / reformulated Aveda products, ensuring key milestones are met. Co-ordinates between R&D functions. Ensures early partnership between formulation and process development “at the bench” to facilitate formula / process fit. Collaborate with Process Engineering to ensure the best possible process is identified (consistent product and stability, minimized time/energy, etc.). Ensures early assessment of formula with potential packaging options.

  • Functions as the key R&D “voice” with other functions, particularly Product Development and Marketing. Actively manages and leads of resolution of critical path challenges from an R&D perspective.

  • Understands special requirements for OTC (Over the Counter drugs) formulation and ensures OTC protocols are followed for any OTC products. Oversees dossier development (focused on formulation) for OTCs.

  • Educates, mentors, and supervises less experienced technical personnel in formulation, particularly to build skills and knowledge.

  • Grows the skills of his/her team in general skills area (communication, decision making, relationship management, improving processes, etc.)

  • Acts as key person with strategic supplier partners.

Qualifications

Minimum Education Level:

Bachelor's of Science

Minimum Years of Experience: 15

% of Travel Time: 10%

Additional Job Specifications:

  • People – Demonstrated leadership and development of people, can teach and enhance individual’s knowledge. Demonstrated leadership and development of people and teams; creates an inclusive culture with highly engaged employees

  • Technical – Brings strong formulation knowledge coupled with ability to anticipate and solve problems. Proven ability to create platform technologies. Track record of successfully working with outside suppliers and partners to develop and deliver new technology. Preferred: previous experience with green and sustainable chemistry.

  • Execute with excellence – Ensures timely planning and execution to meet project timelines, including projects commercialized at third party manufacturers. Anticipate and mitigate key risks during development and execution. Looks for ways to make projects more efficient, faster, etc. Is able to review projects and identify potential gaps, issues, etc.

  • Consumer Testing and Insights – Collaborates with Sensory and Consumer Insights to create and validates products

  • Prioritization – Able to set and communicate clear priorities based on business needs in a very busy, resourced constrained environment

  • Communication – Excellent communication up, down and across the organization; able to simplify complex data for non-technical audiences

  • Collaboration – Actively builds strong relationships across the organization. Strong partner with all other functions.

  • External Bias – Actively seeks partnerships with industry best and brings knowledge and insights to EL Hair Care business

Job: Research & Development

Primary Location: Americas-US-MN-Blaine

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: 1st (Day) Shift

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Number: 1817198