R&D Formulation Chemist in Los Angeles, CA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 9/11/2018

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Job Description

A well regarded manufacturer of personal care and OTC products is seeking a R&D Formulation Chemist to join their team. This is a great opportunity to work for an industry leader!


  • The Formulation Chemist position is responsible for all steps of formula development from ideation to final formulation.
  • Primary responsibilities will be the innovation of new products, technology transfer and cost savings.
  • He/she will need to demonstrate formulation and innovation skills in the skin, hair and body care area. 
  • Other responsibilities include research of raw materials, vendor management, stability testing/evaluation and product presentations. 
  • Formulation Chemists will be managing the development of multiple products simultaneously and should be comfortable in a fast paced multi-tasking environment.

Essential Functions

  • To develop new innovative marketable products, revise/reformulate existing formulas and break down/ reverse engineer competitive products.
  • Responsibilities include all as all aspects of development from stability to full production scale up. 
  • Initiate, develop and create innovative products to expand the R&D formulation library and enhance customer’s presentations.
  • Write, review and approve production batch procedures and monitor pilots and scale up batches. 
  • Research and initiate R&D cost savings to meet yearly goals.
  • Continuous improvement of technical skills by participating in vendor seminars, classes and additional schooling in the cosmetic field.
  • Special Projects and independent Research
  • Work with QC to help trouble shooting production batches.


  • BS or MS in Chemistry or Biosciences
  • Basic computer knowledge with preference MS Excel.
  • 1 to 5 years in in cosmetic formulation/product development, Color matching experience (non-color-cosmetics), OTC/Quasi Drug formulation experience
  • Must be familiar with all basic cosmetic lab equipment including FTIR, viscometer, pH meter and Moisture Analyzer. 
  • Strong communication skills a must, with the ability to work in a face pace environment.
  • Be able to travel 10% of the time

EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at 844-463-6178.