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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:  Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 16, 2020
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Region
# 92585 - Therwil, Switzerland, Switzerland

Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist


Our company invites applications to the Research Scientist position in Oral Care Product Implementation and Support, located in Therwil, Switzerland.


The main responsibilities of this job are as follows:

  • Support the development of new products and technologies based on best practices in product development for oral care products with focus on therapeutic technologies and support the scale-up and implementation of such technologies in manufacturing plants.
  • Work in close collaboration with Analytical, Micro, Regulatory, Marketing, Quality to move projects from Product Development stage to commercialization by simultaneously ensuring speed to market.
  • Lead EMOs and supports implementation efforts according to CP’s quality requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with the European cosmetic regulation or EMEA when it relates to medicinal products or ad hoc regulations for medical devices.
  • Ensure category support for existing products including Funding the Growth projects, raw material qualifications, manufacturing, Simplification.
  • Plan and conduct experimental tasks to support product development including laboratory testing of products, analyzing data and following aging studies.
  • Lead product optimization initiatives and effectively utilizes both internal and external resources to achieve project objectives.
  • Keep detailed written record of experimental work/observations and summarizes results in memos, reports, and presentations.
  • Maintain documentation such as notebooks, Quality documents, necessary SOP's and Bundle Books (eTeam rooms & Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Gdrive)
  • Maintain database with historical and current research information, supplier data as well as raw material information and packaging
  • Manage INCI listings, assembles and archives Proof-of-Claims (POC) documents and Consumer Affair communications with R&D Knowledge Management
  • Support the organization of consumer and clinical studies (sample preparation and release) and maintains archive of documentation resulted from such studies
  • Support internal (i.e., Peers, Supervisors and Marketing) and external communication (i.e., Suppliers) of lab experimental results and related information.
  • Interact with Global Supply Chain to provide formulation sheets, methods and Quality documents as needed.
  • Work with functional R&D teams, Global Supply Chain and Marketing to support and/or develop new technologies and products. Raises critical project issues and actively pursues resolution within the group.



  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. Degree required in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or Materials Science. 
  • Experience in the chemistry and principles of formulating emulsion and suspension products required.
  • Working knowledge in physical testing and analytical methods for multi-phase systems required.
  • Hand-on experience in product development including experimental design, formulation fundamentals, and scale-up preferred
  • Very good knowledge of Design of Experiments and understanding of statistical analyses techniques required
  • Excellent computer skills esp. Google applications required.
  • Knowledge of database systems and archiving software.
  • Organizational skills with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to initiate and maintain effective working relationships across R&D and Global Supply Chain groups
  • Effective oral and written communication skills



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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