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Research Scientist - Innovation PTS Team (all genders), Hygiene

City:  Heidelberg

We are Reckitt

Home to the world's best loved and trusted hygiene, health, and nutrition brands. Our purpose defines why we exist: to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We are a global team united by this purpose.

Join us in our fight to make access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness, and nourishment a right and not a privilege.

​Research & Development​

In R&D, we're full of highly skilled talents that include Scientists, Engineers, Medical, Clinical and Regulatory professionals - all working to create a cleaner, healthier world. With nine Centres of Excellence, we continually seek out new opportunities by using science, our entrepreneurial flare and our fearless innovation to develop and enhance our existing portfolio, never compromising on quality or performance. 

We do the right thing, always, by ensuring we act with responsibility and integrity, by complying with regulatory legislation across the globe, whilst ensuring our products are safe for our consumers and are to the highest quality.

The size of our organisation means you'll have the opportunity to learn and work in different functions within R&D, giving you exposure to different disciplines, teams and environments. You will also have access to our R&D Academy, designed to develop our team and allow you to grow in our great organisation.

About the role

This position at the heart of global Innovation team is a fast paced and dynamic role to manage as well as implement assigned projects and activities with an increased level of technical complexity and exposure to technical as well as business partners. In this role the ability of being a leader and to develop others is key, as well as an excellent technical knowledge.

Your responsibilities

  • To deliver assigned projects and activities for new innovation projects in line with innovation strategy and execute them in a combination of external partnering and your own hands-on mentality. This may include communication with key stakeholders such as Marketing, Legal, Supply and other R&D functions.
  • To work on next generation products
  • To deepen your know-how in ADWD and formula development, patents, technology landscaping, research agreements, methods & application tests
  • To be responsible for ensuring that all innovation activities on assigned projects are conforms to legislative, Health, Safety, Environmental and global/local quality requirements, including the adoption and tracking of laboratory best practices
  • To be accountable for liaison with appropriate technical development teams, to innovate for & successful transfer to Product Development
  • To report your results in a concise and structured way to key stake holders like Product Development and Senior Management
  • To lead and train a team while building great team spirit
  • To have deep understanding of consumer needs and insights, underpinning product development and delivery, resulting in exciting and relevant new ideas and opportunities
  • To use a wide breadth of view when analyzing a problem whilst maintaining a focus on the objectives

The experience we're looking for

  • Master’s degree in chemistry
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in the Research & Development of an FMCG company
  • Technical expertise and curiosity with the ability to develop
  • People management experience would be an advantage
  • Good understanding of the FMCG market, consumers & competition
  • Develop disruptive solutions for unaddressed problems and drive sustainability and performance of consumer products.
  • Have an excellent understanding of physical and chemical principles and broad technical expertise with the ability to develop and assess new technologies / methods and approaches
  • Experience of working with external partners
  • Experience with Quality Management System related to product development would be a clear advantage
  • Proficient in English, German skills are an advantage

The skills for success

R&D, Product Lifecycle Management, Commercial Awareness, Business Partnership, Collaboration, Partnership building, Collaborator, Ability to challenge the status quo, Propose improvement, Accountability, Adaptability.

What we offer

With inclusion at the heart of everything we do, working alongside our four global Employee Resource Groups, we support our people at every step of their career journey, helping them to succeed in their own individual way.

We invest in the wellbeing of our people through parental benefits, an Employee Assistance Program to promote mental health, and life insurance for all employees globally. We have a range of other benefits in line with the local market. Through our global share plans we offer the opportunity to save and share in Reckitt's potential future successes. For eligible roles, we also offer short-term incentives to recognise, appreciate and reward your work for delivering outstanding results. You will be rewarded in line with Reckitt's pay for performance philosophy.


We recognise that in real life, great people don't always 'tick all the boxes'. That's why we hire for potential as well as experience. Even if you don't meet every point on the job description, if this role and our company feels like a good fit for you, we still want to hear from you.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability or medical condition; colour, ethnicity, race, citizenship, and national origin; religion, faith; 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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