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R&D Sr Chemist

Marianna Omaha, NE

Job Description

Job Summary:   

Develops new liquid, powder or solid beauty products and duplicates competitive products to meet or exceed customer or company specifications.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interpret project briefs, descriptions and requests and develop chemical components and formula combinations to meet or exceed targets.
  • Meet with suppliers as the technical expert for product information, collecting newest developments and formulating appropriate applications.
  • Assemble chemicals and materials into laboratory batches and test formulas for efficacy/performance.
  • Modify, substitute, and reformulate materials to meet highest level of customer expectations, and quality while achieving formulation cost targets.
  • Evaluate alternate chemical suppliers.
  • Enter and review formulas in computer system.
  • Trouble shoot formula issues related to manufacturing/compounding.
  • Monitor priorities achieving deadlines, as directed by R&D Manager, according to production demands, customer needs and company interests.
  • Maintain professional expertise through individual study, continuing education and professional development.
  • Must communicate progress, problems and needs with management, vendors, customers as appropriate.
  • Communicate effectively with others.
  • Maintain a good attendance record.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Expectation: Perform other duties as assigned.

Sr Chemist

  1. Minimum of 5-10 years’ experience in research and development of personal care, pet care or household and industrial products.
  2. Make decisions autonomously on complex projects.
  3. Function as a lead and mentor to junior chemists.
  4. Apply technical expertise and knowledge base gained from prior experience to generate new ideas that lead to innovative and proprietary materials and products.
  5. R&D formulation experience working in relevant category(s), such as hair care, hair styling, hot fill, hair color for a minimum of 3 years.
  6. Must be able to lead and understand big picture and in-depth technical details related to program responsibilities.
  7. Understand and drive cross functional work with Sales, Production, Regulatory and Quality.
  8. Train and Supervise Lab Tech and junior chemists, on an as needed basis.


Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • B.S. degree in Chemistry, Biology or other physical science.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory procedures, testing instrumentation, and experimental design and controls.

Preferred Knowledge, Certifications, Skills, Abilities:

  • Advanced analytical skills – Excel, statistics and DOE
  • Specific training or experience in OSHA regulations and laboratory safety.
  • Oral and written communication skills should be at advanced levels.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of product development process (3+ yrs experience in a product development environment).
  • 6 months to 1 year of supervisory experience.
  • Training in Total Quality Management or quality control techniques.


Environmental Conditions:

  • Primarily lab environment – climate controlled.
  • Visits to:
    • Warehouse environment – some temperature extremes, dust and noise.
    • Manufacturing environment - some temperature extremes, dust, noise and wet.


The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to perform the job successfully.  Marianna recognizes that an individual with a disability may require an accommodation to enable him/her to successfully perform a job function.  Consideration will be given to reasonable accommodations.

Job Details

Date Posted July 12, 2019
Date Closes August 11, 2019
Address 11222 I Street
Located In Omaha, NE
Department R&D
Job Type Full-time Employee
Compensation Salary, Varies, Based on Experience
8:30AM-5:00PM M-F with OT as needed
Hours 40+ hours per week; OT Based on Business Needs
Start Date Immediately
Positions Available 1
SOC Category 19-2031.00 Chemists
Zipcode 68137
Name Human Resources
Address 11222 I. St.
City, State and Zip Omaha, NE. 68137
Phone 402-593-0211
FAX 402-537-9265

This job offers the following benefits

  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health-Care Spending Accounts
  • Profit Sharing
  • Dental
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Medical
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Bereavement Pay
  • Continuing Education Program
  • Discounts on Employer Merchandise & Services
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Free Parking
  • Health Fair
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Unpaid Leaves of Absence

This job requires the following skills

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Computer Usage
  • Excellent Logic and Reasoning
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Strong Time Management
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Other - Researcher
  • Product Research and Development
At a Glance
Enjoy these benefits
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health-Care Spending Accounts
  • Profit Sharing
  • And More ...