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Senior Product Technologist

Unilever

Unilever

Product
Shanghai, China
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Business Context and Main Purpose of the Job

The R&D centre for home care in Shanghai is responsible for product development and deployment for Unilever Home Care business of North Asia region.

This individual will be responsible for product development for home care product (household care product, e.g. detergent, fabric conditioner.) for North Asia region. He or she will support both global & regional innovation/renovation/value improvement projects, along with miscellaneous product deployment tasks for Home Care business, North Asia.

Main Accountabilities

Key accountabilities are:

  • Mainly support day to day routine product development tasks (50%)
  • Perform knowledge/expertise based formulation design tasks that are medium to high in complexity (15%)
  • Coordinate project activities and SCS (35%)

Detailed below:

A) Executing routine product development tasks:

  • Sample preparation for tests/evaluations
  • Operate and report values of standard equipments for formulation assessment.
  • Support pilot scale up work
  • Do formulation costing
  • Monitor competitor new launches and product analysis.
  • Manage new product specification with specification and MET team
  • Raise clearances such as patent/regulatory/Safety
  • Use LIMS/PLM to set up and manage RM inventory/Sampling/Formulation/Processing/Product Stability database.

B) Performing the following knowledge/expertise-based tasks:

  • Design formulation based on North Asia consumer understanding, knowledge of formulation principles, knowledge of competitor formulations, and knowledge of Chinese national standards
  • Assess and analyse product appraisal/storage etc. data
  • Write supplier briefs and communicate with material suppliers to ensure they deliver as per needs

C) Co-ordinating project activities and SCS:

  • Ensure that formulation tasks are executed as per project network timelines
  • Represent product development in project team meetings
  • Support the Technical Project Leader in project management activities & engaging with multiple functions such as brand, finance, Supply Chain
  • Lead low to medium complex project
  • Provide technical expertise to support supply chain trouble shooting

Key Interfaces

Within R&D:

-Regional Technical project leader, processing, CTI, packaging, SEAC, Specification

-Global Technical project leaders and formulation designers

Outside R&D: Regional Brand Development, Supply Chain, Finance teams

Critical success Factors for the Job

Key Skills

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Sciences/Engineering or related;
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple formulations tasks
  • Ability to read into consumer insights and translate them to product development
  • Good team player. Can seamlessly manage multiple interfaces in projects
  • Good communicator in English

Relevant Experience

Master or Bachelor with 2-3 years related experience on product development

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