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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:  Senior Research Scientist/ Research Scientist- Personal Care

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 8, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 159387 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!




Our company invites applications for the Research Scientist/Sr. Research Scientist position in the Persona Care Implementation & Support team based in Piscataway, NJ to lead the implementation of products and technologies to support the personal care innovation grid for European and neighboring markets.



  • Responsible for  implementation of new formulations and providing technical support  for Body Care products. Specific activities include formula and process optimization, validation, scale-up, in conjunction with Supply Chain, and implementation

  • Partner with marketing and cross functional teams to build project timelines

  • Actively participating in cross functional teams, Global Technology Centers, Technology Insights, Clinical, Regulatory and Global Supply Chain to develop and validate new concepts and products and ensure flawless commercialization including experimental design, measurement science and formulation.

  • Create and maintain all required documentation such as project timelines, formula databases, tech transfer checklists, proof of claims, registration documents, NODs, change control documents, technical justifications , claims support fundamentals.

  • Managing independently multiple product design and implementation initiatives, effectively utilizing both internal and external resources to achieve project objectives.

  • Initiate and manage multiple stability studies per ICH guidelines

  • Staying abreast of supplier and competitor’s new developments.


 Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences with 5+ years of functional experience OR MS Degree in Sciences with 3+ years of functional experience (The required field of study must be in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field).

  • Technical understanding of related chemistry and science (for example: active deliveries, emulsions, surfactants, rheology).

  • Strong knowledge of ingredient chemistry to be able to understand how the interdependencies and interactions of raw material components affect formulation and process performance.

  • Experience scaling up formulations from the lab through manufacturing scale.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of cGMP /GMP and GLP.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in process development and product scale up from lab to manufacturing

  • Possess technical knowledge in one or more of the following areas: surfactant chemistry, active agents, delivery systems, rheology and statistics/experimental design

  • Understanding of industry/competitive trends, claim substantiation and regulatory requirements for EU cosmetic product is preferred

  • Be a creative problem solver

  • Possess excellent interpersonal and team skills; ability to communicate and influence and thrive in a cross functional environment. 


Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $114,000.00 - $128,000.00 USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

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.

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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