POSITION TITLE: Director, Product Development Process Engineer
REPORTS TO: Director, Product Development
The Director, Product Development Process Engineer (PDPE) will be responsible for partnering with contract manufacturers, formulators, product development and Quality to lead successful scale-up of new products, existing products, reformulations and technology transfers. The PDPE will identify the appropriate contract manufacturer(s) for all projects. The PDPE will also develop effective and collaborative working relationships amongst internal cross-functional team members and external manufacturing partners. PDPE’s goal will be to establish continuity of batch processes between different manufacturing facilities to help ensure product quality and performance of skinbetter science products.
External – Collaborative, Technical Leader to Contract Manufacturers (CM)
Work in partnership with our CM and lead development of rigorous and repeatable manufacturing instructions from scale-up of lab batches to pilot, production and new production sizes for all existing products, new products, reformulations and/or technology transfers.
Evaluate and identify potential CM partners.
Serve as principal technical advisor on behalf of product development to collaborate with Operations, Quality and Supply Chain in selection of new CM partners including outlining detailed production manufacturing requirements for skinbetter science products.
Partner with Quality to ensure compliance of all CM facilities to agreed standard operating procedures.
Troubleshoot and interpret product manufacturing issues including identifying root cause and recommending corrective action steps to ensure uninterrupted production.
Design & execute appropriate scale-up technical testing for programs.
Explore new processing insights which can be applied to current and future development programs.
Manage and review pilot and/or production stability at CM.
Internal – Cross-Functional Technical Support
Collaborate with product formulators to adapt bench-scale processes to pilot and production manufacturing scales.
Work jointly with formulators and product development to develop tentative product bulk release specifications.
Lead and evaluate approval of any raw material discontinuation and/or dual sourcing with formulators and product development.
Provide technical leadership for timely resolution of complex process issues.
Identify/develop technical tests of new formulations to help ensure successful scale-up.
Product Development (PD)
Manage the generation and filing of process documentation, including (as required) batch cards, technical specifications, process models and others.
Help troubleshoot formula & stability issues.
Review all preliminary testing on prototypes.
Work with PD to understand timelines and manage independently timelines for pilot and production batches for existing products, new products, reformulations and/or technology transfers.
Collaborate with Quality to develop final product bulk specifications based on batch history.
Partner with the Quality, when needed, to troubleshoot Quality issues by reviewing batch records, COAs, etc.
Advise Quality on recommended CM for new products, reformulations and/or technology transfers.
Present on-going manufacturing challenges along with key project issues to team in clear, engaging and understandable manner.
Perform other work-related duties as assigned.
8-15 years of engineering experience in personal care/cosmetic manufacturing and/or OTC industry with a specific emphasis on formulation tech transfer and scale-up manufacturing.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Chemistry, or a related science field, or equivalent work experience.
Strong knowledge and diverse experience in personal care/cosmetic of various manufacturing equipment a must.
Technical knowledge of process scale-up challenges.
Formulation experience in a multiple product forms including creams, lotions, serums, surfactant-based systems, anhydrous products and SPFs etc.
Strong knowledge of personal care ingredients, chemistry and product stability.
Strong understanding of product quality related issues.
Experience and training with GMP guidelines and OTC requirements.
Experience in writing and executing process validation protocols for OTC products.
Ability to recognize evolving business needs, anticipate issues & develop plans to address.
Possess a very high standard for product efficacy, quality and safety.
Strong organization, attention to detail and accuracy, ability to handle multiple tasks and strong work ethic is a must.
Self-motivated, action-oriented individual with strong ability to collaborate and communicate cross-functionally with internal and external colleagues.
Proactive, rather than reactive, in mentality and execution.
Strategic thinker, skilled in formulating a range of options, risk assessment and analysis.
Skilled user of Microsoft Office Suite/Google Suite and Adobe Acrobat Reader.
CM interactions are core to this role and will require significant domestic travel, increasing as pandemic allows.
Remote within the U.S.
Skinbetter Science, LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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