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Cosmetic Chemist (Powders)

City of Industry, CA

Our Company

Our company, founded in 1984, has become a global leader in beauty and cosmetics, distinguishing itself by groundbreaking product innovation, reimagined go-to-market strategies and cutting-edge supply-chain dynamics. From humble and disruptive origins, the company emerged as the pioneer of compact palettes and gift sets and stands today as the largest privately held beauty company in North America. The company is recognized within the industry as a top "brand builder," with a brand portfolio that includes well-known beauty brands sold in over 80,000 retail outlets in 80 countries.


Job Summary

The Cosmetic Chemist will be responsible for autonomously formulating all forms of powder-type cosmetic products and ensuring quality and stability of each product from lab to production. This person will also be responsible for keeping up to date with industry trends, presenting innovative ideas and products and working collaboratively with marketing to deliver quality products on time. We are looking for someone who is a team-player with a can-do attitude that thrives in a fast-paced environment.

Essential Task, Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Independently formulate all forms of powder-type cosmetic products: pressed powder blush, bronzer, face powder, eyeshadow, loose powder, baked powder, etc.
  • Be able to shade match multiple shades a day and as a powder and shade matching expert, offer advice and guidance to technicians
  • Manage multiple projects at any given time from inception to launch making sure each milestone is met on time
  • Maintain accurate record of work on bench and review formulas to ensure proper transition into production
  • Issue compounding SOP, product specifications, filling SOP and collaborate with production and compounding departments to ensure clear communication
  • Work with compounding and oversee pilot batches and issue adjustments as needed
  • Evaluate stability and compatibility of products
  • Troubleshoot formulas and compounding batches if out of specification
  • Perform routine laboratory tests related to powder: press level, drop test, etc.
  • Determine fill weight based on approved pan & component
  • Attend meetings with suppliers, industry seminars and events to keep up to date with trends and technology
  • Perform other duties as needed and directed by management

Minimum Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology or other scientific discipline required
  • Experience in all forms of powder-type cosmetic products in a MUST! 
  • Minimum 3+ years of hands-on work experience developing and shade matching powder cosmetics
  • Strong communication and project management skills with attention to detail
  • Knowledge of cGMP procedures
  • Skill in basic computer operation, and software programs such as Microsoft Office
  • Ability to accurately and effectively communicate with customers and staff in a professional and courteous manner
  • Ability to organize multiple work assignments and establish priorities
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and ensure accuracy

Working Conditions: Good working conditions, with the absence of disagreeable conditions

Physical Requirements






Must be able to read reports and use computer.






Must be able to hear well enough to use the telephone and communicate with others.






Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
















Must be able to write, type, and use the telephone.


Working Conditions: Good working conditions, with the absence of disagreeable conditions

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, but are not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Salary: Pay commensurate with skill set and relevant experience level.  Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package includes employer paid health benefits and 401k match. Benefits typically offered only to full-time employees.

Our company does not discriminate in practices or employment opportunities on the basis of an individual's race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other proscribed category set forth in federal or state regulations.

This company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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