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R&D Associate - Dettol Personal Care

The role of R&D Associate is to support the development of new products and technologies bases on relevant consumer insights for the global personal care liquids vertical.

The R&D Associate will work on Innovation projects for the personal care R&D team which is focused on designing and executing the innovation pipeline for Dettol and putting the consumer at heart in building and creating our ideas and formulas.

  • Based within the Dettol Category R&D structure the role is positioned to manage/execute technical aspects of the project
  • The role is based out of Singapore within the global category R&D facility for Dettol Personal Care team
  • The role reports to R&D Sr. Associate, Dettol Personal Care
  • Work with matrix team to identify relevant consumer insights and ensure they are at the forefront to develop formulas, new products, and technologies in support of brand initiatives.
  • Lead key projects through the feasibility process as R&D representative.
  • Work cross-functionally and be R&D lead on project teams to achieve key milestones and objectives.
  • Collaborate with Marketing, Packaging, and Consumer Insights team to develop, define and design studies to help progress projects to build out our portfolio.
  • Lead and advance multiple projects through front-end product development.
  • Foster strategic growth in innovation processes and systems across team and organization.
  • Develop consumer focused technical product strategies to support product development and short-term and long-term innovation.
  • Foster personal development growth with continuous coaching and feedback on career development as per the Corporate Core Values.
  • Deliver projects to launch on time, within the budget and to the appropriate performance standards,
  • Responsible to ensure all required technical work is performed on time and according to the required standards, performing the required lab work and providing guidance to assistants /technicians if applicable.
  • Ensure the quality & safety standards are met within the lab. Work on ways to enhance the lab capabilities.
  • Builds detailed consumer & technical knowledge of respective areas of the product portfolio/ technologies and leverage this within day-to-day activities.
  • Work with outside suppliers/teams to help deliver pipeline needs.
  • Supervise direct report with responsibility for ensuring their development if applicable



  • Educated to Masters/Degree level (Chemistry, pharmacy, chemical engineering or other relevant science)


  • Minimum 5-8 years R&D experience with a proven track record of delivery.
  • Experience of working in cosmetic formulation environment is desirable.
  • Strong technical background in personal care formulation and processing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work in a cross functional environment including marketing, supply, procurement, regulatory, clinical and legal team
  • Oral & written communication skills to effectively provide feedback to reporting manager and cross functional team members
  • Global mindset, commercial understanding of corporate & operational business issues.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to think strategically, develop tactics and measurable implementation plans and able to transform solid thinking into action.


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R&D Associate - Dettol Personal Care 
Central Singapore, Singapore 
Competitive Salary & excellent benefits package 

Joining an international innovation team that puts people before particles, you’ll improve consumers’ sensory experience of our leading brands. You’ll:
•    Lead feasibility assessments and technology, product development or benchmarking projects
•    Build relationships with suppliers and third parties
•    Manage research teams to improve, generate or add products, components and processes that improve users’ experience
•    Improve sensory testing methods, making our products more desirable and consistent. 

You’ll succeed because… 
…you’re a trained scientist, experienced in sensory or performance testing in a consumer goods business. You:
•    Are familiar with product development 
•    Can manage projects in a cross-functional, international environment
•    Are open to new ideas and are highly analytical, using statistical analysis to make informed decisions
•    Are collaborative, with an open communication style, building strong relationships internally and externally to deliver results. 

You’ll love it because… 
…you’ll get to make an impact like never before. You’ll be responsible for your own projects - we can’t wait to hear your ideas. The products you help us get out there will make people’s lives better. Our iconic brands will provide an incredible platform for you. And our dynamic, ownership-driven culture will help bring the very best out of you, every day. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability or medical condition; colour, ethnicity, race, citizenship, and national origin; religion; pregnancy, family status and caring responsibilities; sexual orientation; sex, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity; protected veteran status; size or any other basis protected by appropriate law. 

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