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Head of (m/f/div) Product Development Ceramides & Sphingolipids

Evonik Industries AG

Evonik Industries AG

Essen, Germany
Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2023

What we offer

Explore a world of opportunities with us. Look ahead with us and help shape innovative solutions to make our world more sustainable and life healthier, more vibrant and more comfortable. At Evonik, you have the chance to explore, thrive, and grow alongside 33,000 colleagues. Among attractive career paths and high-quality development programs, we not only offer performance-based remuneration and occupational health benefits but also hybrid and flexible working environments with #SmartWork. Bring your fresh perspective, develop your strengths, break out your mold, and find a career that fits your dreams with us.

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  • Lead global product development to identify, develop and implement new and innovative Ceramides & Sphingolipids as well as their combinations and pre-formulated solutions

  • Lead, coach, motivate and develop the product development team, manage and monitor resources

  • Steer process management of the global innovation program Ceramides & Sphingolipids in Accolade: Coordinate and monitor the innovation pipeline and the stage-gate process, initiate and manage stage-gate meetings

  • Steer project management for selected projects (create project plans and milestones, manage project meetings, communication with the project team and relevant interfaces (global), plan and monitor resources)

  • Screen relevant patent landscapes (e.g. competitors, customers), secure new ideas by initiating patent writing in close collaboration with the IP department, set and implement the IP strategy

  • Set and coordinate claim support for new products in close collaboration with the "Skin Center"

  • Manage and coordinate internal and external cooperation partners and tech scouts for idea generation and foster cross-segment product developmet

  • Competitive watch, market observation and white space analysis


  • Degree in natural science (biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, pharmacy or related disciplines)

  • Minimum of seven years of professional experience in product development in the cosmetics industry, ideally in the field of active ingredient, ceramide knowledge is a plus

  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in leading a team

  • Entrepreneurial, goal-oriented and strategic mindset

  • Strong ability to work efficiently on several topics/projects in parallel and to prioritize them

  • Fluent in English and German (writing, speaking)

  • Teamplayer with "can do attitude"

  • Excellent communication and cooperation skills, strategic thinking, interpersonal

Your Application

To ensure that your application is proceeded as quickly as possible and to protect the environment, please apply online via our careers portal. Further information about Evonik as Employer can be found at

Please address your application to the Talent Acquisition Manager, stating your earliest possible starting date and your salary expectations.

Your Talent Acquisition Manager:

Celine Pfeifer

Company is

Evonik Operations GmbH