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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:  Research Scientist [Team Lead]

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  May 19, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 152663 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


About Colgate-Palmolive:

Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions!

If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be! 

Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. 

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


Job Summary:

The position leads Personal care / Home Care product development for assigned brands/region and is responsible for driving business growth by partnering with commercial & supply chain teams and by introducing new innovative products which cater to unmet consumer needs, modifications to existing formulae and simplification/harmonization of global bundles for the assigned geography, in compliance to safety standards, defined quality standards, FDA norms and government regulations. Additionally, this position also leads the technology transfer process of new products from lab/pilot scale development to commercial production phase at plants.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate strong business acumen (end to end, not limited to Global technology function) to develop new products that result in sustainable business growth. 
  • Proactively partner with commercial & supply chain teams to better understand business/ consumer/customer need and develop Personal care / Home care product development strategy to drive sustainable business growth. 
  • Demonstrate expertise in Personal care / Home care technology to develop new innovative product bundles and solutions that cater to unmet consumer need. 
  • Lead Personal care / Home care technology product development projects independently for all existing & new product bundles, from conceptualization to implementation on the ground. 
  • Proactively identify & execute projects to improve processes and products resulting in tangible benefits for the organization in terms of funding the growth initiative. 
  • Develop a high performing agile team of scientist to deliver outstanding business results in-line with Colgate business strategy
  • Develop impactful & compelling scientific product demos & stories that helps to drive consumer adoption of the new products.
  • Gain thorough understanding of product portfolio and related regulatory requirements for the assigned geography.   
  • Identify opportunities to work on new molecules, ingredients leading to Invention records, Research reports, publications, Patents etc.
  • Initiate and Implement new ideas and programs in the spirit of continuous improvement in R&D.
  • Lead supplier qualification programs for raw materials & provide required support to packaging material qualification programs. 
  • Coordinate with Global and Regional  technology Centers, manufacturing sites and vendors for the effective and timely implementation of technology.
  • Drive and implement Quality improvement and EOHS initiatives.
  • Drive supplier qualification and up-gradation program to improve product quality and performance.
  • Support claim substantiation  with clinical studies data documentation.
  • Process Compliance: Ensure 100% compliance to all relevant standards & processes. Ensure accurate documentation of processes, test results and project output. 


Required Qualifications (Education, Knowledge required, Skills):


  • 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 Masters degree or Ph.D in chemistry/ Pharmacy with  minimum 5 years experience in Cosmetic/ Pharma product development with a reputed FMCG/Pharma company.
  • Strong analytical ability and result orientation.
  • Experience in  preparation of supporting data related to new product launches/ Relaunches  to ensure smooth technology transfer to plant


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specialization in Soap making and Surfactants, Oils & fats is highly desirable.



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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