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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Associate / Sr. Associate Scientist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Feb 6, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 147908 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India



Job Purpose:

This position leads end to end planning & implementation of all product development initiatives (new products, relaunches, funding the growth projects etc.) as defined in the technology grid to achieve sustainable business growth. This position is responsible for maintaining 100% compliance to all guidelines related to product safety, quality and regulatory and ensure smooth operations (pilot plant & technology transfer)


Job Context & Challenges:

This position is primarily responsible for identifying new product development opportunities by better understanding consumer, customer and business trends (unmet needs) and translates those opportunities into prototypes (MVP) and gain support of internal stakeholders (marketing, supply chain and GTCs) and bring the idea to life in form of a marketable product. This position works closely with the team lead to implement projects (existing ideas or briefs from marketing/CICs) to achieve desired business results. This position must evaluate existing formulations and come up with innovative ideas to simplify the formula / process which can result in potential savings (FTG) for the organization. This role requires the incumbent to partner with multiple stakeholders both within & outside the GTC and achieve win-win partnerships at all times. In addition the incumbent must attain excellence in operations (compliance to safety, quality and regulatory guidelines, smooth pilot plant operations etc.) while working on new product development initiatives.


Functional linkages:

Internal: VPs/GMs, Department/Section Managers, Professional and Technical staff, Peers in other Functions (Primarily Supply chain, Packaging, Regulatory and Marketing)    

External: Government/Regulatory officials, Product Vendors/Suppliers 


Key Accountabilities:

Operational Excellence:

Formulation Development, Service Consumer Test Samples, Lab & Pilot plant batches, Aging Studies, Record Keeping & Documentation.

  • Independently lead pilot plant operations and ensure 100% compliance to all safety, quality and regulatory requirements for the assigned product / brand.
  • Leverage Science & data analytics to identify potential problems or opportunities and create appropriate action plan in consultation with manager to address the same 
  • Provide excellent support for all on-going and new product development projects & initiatives such as margin improvement programs to improve bottom line. 
  • Utilize statistical approaches to experimental design to maximize learning with the least amount of time and with minimum resources
  • Be 100% compliant to all Product Safety, Quality, and Regulatory requirements to operate with cost-effectiveness and speed throughout the product life cycle.
  • Gain expertise in respective product category fundamentals and develop capability to independently execute projects from conceptualization to implementation on the ground. 
  • Share internal and external technical knowledge discoveries, ideas, and vision with colleagues through documentation, presentations, publications, and patents
  • Supplier Qualification Program: Lead supplier qualification programs for raw & packing materials & provide required support to packaging material qualification programs. 
  • Be agile and respond quickly to changing consumer and/or business expectations

New Product Development

  • Stays abreast of the latest technical developments & breakthroughs, changing market conditions, competitor activities & consumer trends through different avenues.
  • Integrate technological breakthroughs and consumer insights to develop any new products, innovative technologies, creative approaches, or new processes
  • Develop impactful claims for all existing & new products leading to sustainable business growth. 
  • Translate technical attributes into simple, consumer-relevant benefits and concepts


Relationship Building

  • Build formal & informal networks to constantly stay updated with new technology trends and breakthroughs
  • Partner closely with commercial & supply chain functions to drive sustainable business growth and build strong business acumen (end to end business understanding) 


Continuous Improvement

  • Constantly identify opportunities to improve existing systems & processes which helps to improve process compliance and improve speed to market for all existing and new products.  
  • Leverage Colgate’s performance management & development process to enhance one’s own performance & capability.



Required:  Industrial experience in formulation development in FMCG or a Pharma company preferably in development of Oral Care / Personal Care / Home Care Products.

  • Should have a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry or M.Pharma (Demonstrate mastery of Surfactant Chemistry, Fats & Oils)
  • Minimum 2 to 4 years of experience in Cosmetic / Pharma product development with a reputed FMCG/Pharma company.
  • Highly Result Oriented & Strong Analytical Ability 
  • Experience in  preparation of supporting data related to new product launches/ Relaunches  to ensure smooth technology transfer to plant.



Desirable: Ph.D in Organic chemistry/ Pharmacy. Specialization in Soap making and Surfactants, Oils & fats is highly desirable. Knowledge and/or experience in product development




Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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