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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 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, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance.

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:  Technical Associate - Sunscreen Formulation

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Apr 29, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 98340 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States


We invite you to apply for a Technical Associate position based at our Piscataway, NJ location.

Colgate-Palmolive is searching for a Technical Associate/Senior Technical Associate responsible for leading the development of a global innovative Sunscreen portfolio. They will join a multifaceted and growing product development group responsible for our Premium Skin Health Brands.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and execution of the global sunscreen strategic portfolio; sunscreen formulation expertise for Global markets.

  • Manage process for substantiating sunscreen product claims

  • Propose and review claims / support claim substantiation

  • R&D point of contact with commercial teams

  • Own the technical sunscreen sales support; White coat interface to accounts, Q&A lists/ Q&A meetings, marketing teamwork for product launches/ relaunches.

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to provide technical mentorship and support from product brief through launch



Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, etc.) or Engineering (Chemical, etc.)

  • At least 8 years of experience in R&D 

  • Strong technical background in Sunscreen formula development and evaluation, with ability to guide all development phases from initial concept to commercialization.

  • Outstanding understanding of product development using UV filters in multiple product formats including lotions, stick, spray, mist, serum, etc.

  • Extensive experience in using formula ingredients to improve sunscreen efficacy using dispersions, film formation, delivery system, etc. while maintaining cosmetically sophisticated products.

  • Track record of generating patentable sunscreen formulations to deliver against strategic innovation priorities.

  • Expertise in global SPF, UVA, Broad spectrum, etc. testing methods including FDA 21CFR, ISO 24444, ISO 24443 and PFA

  • Overall skincare formulation expertise is an asset including serums, toners, creams, sticks, etc.

  • Product development experience including stability, cosmetic elegance, efficacy, cost, etc. considerations.

  • Broad lab experience, awareness of analytical techniques, effective multi-functional technical/non-technical communication skills, and demonstrate a collaborative approach to internal/external interactions.

  • Must exhibit good project and time leadership skills, supporting projects with diverse timelines and goals.

  • Strong Leadership and Interpersonal skills.



We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance. Apply with us! Come and join our amazing team! 


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 recognised 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 programme, 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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