Cosmetic Chemist (Ref: KHCC)
Remuneration: Market Related

Position in the Engineering sector in Wynberg, JHB North - Gauteng
Posted On Monday 22 June 2020
Job Description:

Our Client, one of the fastest growing cosmetic companies in South Africa, urgently seeks a dynamic, driven/motivated, well rounded cosmetic chemist to join their team.

Please email applications to


Main job function

Oversee daily production to ensure SOPs are being followed and Quality Control Practices are adhered to

Supports production regarding the quality control of raw materials, bulk, WIP, and finished goods

Undertakes all required tests on relevant samples in accordance with Company and federal specifications

Carries out relevant preparation, titration, calibration and validation on reagents and/or equipment where appropriate

Good laboratory skills with demonstrated record of excellence in quantitative analysis

Works in compliance with GMP requirements

Experienced with Root Cause Analysis, ability to troubleshoot out-of-specification results, and perform OOS investigations

Capable of trouble-shooting issues on analytical equipment

Ability to work independently and possesses leadership qualities

May be asked to lead various quality initiatives or projects

Develop new and/or improved product formulas, packages or manufacturing procedures in conjunction with guidelines established by the Marketing and Sales Departments

Work with Marketing, R & D, Sales and other cross-functional teams to support new product development and customer projects

Works directly with Purchasing and Quality Control to evaluate new ingredients, ingredients out of specification, and alternate vendor ingredients

Consult with new and existing ingredient suppliers and help source raw materials

Developing and maintaining timelines, resource allocations and budgets for projects assigned

Timely communication of all information regarding formulation, project status, costing, results, etc. to all appropriate individuals respecting the confidential nature of the project

Documenting test results, specification and procedures in a standard professional format

Managing projects by planning, designing and conducting experiments/trials in the laboratory

Participating in the transfer from test scale to full-up production

Writes and/or reviews procedures, protocols and specifications needed to support product development activities

Provides technical knowledge in guiding other chemists in the Laboratory

Periodically makes presentations to groups of internal and/or external customers

Obtains information related to research and development including raw material characteristics, processing techniques, environmental conditions, packaging requirements and production efficiencies to be used for specifications

Ensures that assigned projects are executed in a manner, which is compliant with all regulatory guidelines


Master's and/or bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology or other relevant technical fields with at relevant quality control and product development experience and in the Personal Care industry


Have extensive knowledge of cosmetic manufacturing, practices and operations

Knowledge of standard computer systems such as MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), experience using SAGE/Omni desired

Excels at interpersonal communication and able to form effective relationships across departments

Excellent verbal and written technical communication skills e.g. making presentations and writing technical reports

Proven ability to effectively communicate and get along with cross-functional teams

Business English a must

A Consultant will be in touch if you are shortlisted for the position. Please consider your application unsuccessful should you not have been contacted within 2 weeks. We will keep your CV on our database and contact you should you match the criteria of any other vacancies.

Please contact Kay Henderson -