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The Estee Lauder Companies Smashbox - Director, Global Product Development, Complexion in Culver City, California
Smashbox - Director, Global Product Development, Complexion
The Estée Lauder Companies are the global leader in prestige beauty — delighting consumers with transformative products and experiences, inspiring them to express their individual beauty.
Smashbox Cosmetics knows camera-ready beauty. Born out of Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles—the modern-day image factory where countless iconic celebrity and fashion images have been shot—we are a fast-growing, prestige cosmetics brand with domestic and international presence. Staying true to our L.A. studio roots, we are creative and trendsetting. As part of the Estee Lauder Companies family of brands, we will continue to grow and are seeking qualified candidates to join our exceptional team in Culver City, CA.
About the Job
Work with the VP, Product Development, Product Development Team, and cross functional teams to ideate and develop high quality products that meet brand strategy, timelines and cost objectives for Global Complexion initiatives.
About Your Responsibilities
Initiate, track and execute all stages of product development for Global Complexion products including Primers (makeup/skin care hybrids,) Complexion (Foundation, Concealers) and Mascara
Work directly with Estee Lauder Corporate R&D, International ELC Teams, and Third Party Manufacturers on new launches
Work with Marketing, R&D, GSR, GBSC, Packaging, Sales and Creative to ensure all products are launched on time
Work with PD and Marketing to ideate new innovative Complexion products for Smashbox including brainstorming, understanding the competitive market, and trend identification for forms, textures, finishes, raw materials. Competitive shopping will be required
Compose a Product Brief for each new product detailing the product concept, raw materials, features and benefits, performance attributes, ingredient requirements, cost targets, shade range, sensory and clinical testing
Communicate product concepts and shade direction to appropriate laboratory. Review and re-direct submissions until desired attributes and performance is achieved
Lead the Product Test Panel, create questionnaires, request and provide samples, follow up on test results, review results, and issue final report to ensure all formulas meet the standards of the brand
Manage the product claims, safety, sensory and claims testing, and bulk requirements through the internal ELC labs
Work with the Corporate Fragrance lab on formulas that contain fragrance
Evaluate all product submissions and establish standards from lab through first production
Evaluate reformulations and update production standards per ELC requirements
Strong Complexion shade matching skills required
Travel required to R&D (Melville, Canada, Belgium) and outside 3rd party vendors (US and International) development of new product concepts and calendared formula development for on site development and formula production approvals
Attend internal meetings including, Concept, Calendar, PD, R&D, Claims, PPD, Complexion Review, Copy, and external supplier meeting
Work with internal ELC labs to identify and develop new/innovative formulas
Attend trade shows and seminars to source new/innovative formulas.
Approve primary and secondary artwork and on line assets for color descriptions, product shots, model shots and product listing
Manage the concept input into the internal Marketing Portal
Distribute all final Product Briefs and Shade Lineups to cross functional teams
Track key trends, the competitive environment and participate in brainstorming meetings for new product concepts
Provide key product information to Training, Global Communications and Marketing including Product Profiles, Product Usage Statements and Product Descriptions for copy
Help coordinate samples for meetings, photography, etc. and evaluate/organize 1st Production Finished goods
Purchase and evaluate competitive products and participate in presenting information
Coordinate distribution of approved standards to Marketing, Packaging and Creative
Evaluate Competitive NPD and report back with comprehensive analysis.
Manage and develop junior PD team members
Manage the PD budget, SAP Approvals and on-going interdepartmental process needs
Partnership, team work and a positive “Make It Happen attitude are imperative
8 years of relevant work experience
Frequent Travel Necessary
Bachelor’s degree preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational skills with ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Meticulous attention to detail
Experienced researcher who can find answers and track down information
Ability to work independently and follow through
Ability to manage a team’s performance
Creative and proactive problem solver
Solid Excel and PowerPoint Skills
Job: Product Development - R&D
Primary Location: Americas-US-CAA-Culver City
Job Type: Standard
Shift: 1st (Day) Shift
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job Number: 197432
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