Technical Jobs

We recruit a range of lab technician, research and development jobs in the cosmetics and beauty industry, not only the UK but for positions across the world. Explore the diverse range of R&D and technical cosmetic positions we act as recruitment agents for, below.

Technical Jobs in the Beauty and Cosmetics Industry

Development Chemist | £15,000 - £60,000

Trainee / Junior / Senior

A Trainee, Junior or Senior Cosmetic Development Chemist creates and develops formulations for new cosmetic products, or reengineers existing products. They might focus on one category, hair care, skin care, personal care, fragrance, bath and body, sun care or colour cosmetics, or work across a number of product areas. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Formulation Chemist | £15,000 - £60,000

Trainee / Junior / Senior

A Trainee, Junior or Senior Cosmetic Formulation Chemist creates and develops formulations for new cosmetic products, or reengineers existing products. They might focus on one category, hair care, skin care, personal care, fragrance, bath and body, sun care or colour cosmetics, or work across a number of product areas. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Patent Chemist | £25,000 - £60,000

Junior / Senior / Manager

A Patent Chemist will ensure a cosmetic formulation or manufcaturing process is unique and will put a patent on it so no one else can copy it. They will also try to prove other companies formulations aren't unique and take their patent title away so they can use similar formulations or processes. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Principal Scientist | £40,000 - £100,000

Senior / Manager / Director

A Principal Scientist or Research Chemist investigates the properties, components and processes of chemical raw materials and formulations to develop cosmetic products, methods of manufacture, process or procedures to make new products, often looking at blue sky innovation. Candidates for jobs like this are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Process Chemist | £20,000 - £60,000

Junior / Senior / Manager

A Cosmetic Process Chemist / Scale Up Chemist takes the formulations from the laboratory, through scale up, into manufacturing and filling. They liaise with the laboratory and manufacturing to ensure as the batch size increases the manufacturing procedures are adjusted correctly to ensure stability. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Production Chemist | £20,000 - £40,000

Junior / Senior / Manager

A Production Chemist / Manufacturing Chemist mixes, blends and adjusts the production batches they also check manufacturing flow through the factory to ensure efficiency. Candidates for this role are expected to have GCSEs, A levels, and a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science.

Qualified Person | £50,000 - £200,000

Senior / Manager / Director

A QP or Qualified Person is an experienced senior chemist who takes overall responsibility for the finished cosmetic product, if anything goes wrong it falls on their head, they are legally responsible and can be sued. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Quality Assurance Manager | £15,000 - £50,000

Junior / Senior / Manager

A QP or Qualified Person is an experienced senior chemist who takes overall responsibility for the finished cosmetic product, if anything goes wrong it falls on their head, they are legally responsible and can be sued. Candidates for this role are expected to have 4 GCSEs and either Science A Levels or a degree.

Regulatory Chemist | £20,000 - £80,000

Junior / Senior / Manager / Director

A Trainee, Junior or Senior Cosmetic Chemist who specialises in regulatory, compliance and legislative issues to make sure the products are compliant to all global markets. They produce Product Information Files and list products on the CPNP, Cosmetic Product Notification Portal and ensures the products meet cosmetic regulations in all the markets where they will be sold. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

R&D Project Manager | £30,000 - £80,000

Junior / Senior / Manager / Director

A R&D Project Manager, takes the cosmetic project from concept to production or shelf, ensuring all research, development and production is fit for purpose. They liaise with many different departments within the business to ensure products are ready on time and in full. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Technical Director | £60,000 - £200,000

Director

A Technical Director leads the technical team, drives strategy and direction, innovation and compliance for all existing cosmetic products and NPD. They interacts with clients and suppliers to drive the business forward. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Technical Manager | £35,000 - £80,000

Manager

A Cosmetic Technical Manager manages, motivates and trains the team in the laboratory, selects raw materials, interacts with clients and suppliers to create innovative and effective cosmetic products. They manage all existing cosmetic products and all current and future product development. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Technical Sales | £20,000 - £160,000

Junior / Senior / Manager / Director

A Technical Sales Manager or Representative sells the raw materials, chemicals and actives to the cosmetic and beauty brands and contract manufacturers. Often from a scientific or chemist background they sell to the technical teams and buyers. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry, biology or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.

Technician | £15,000 - £30,000

Technician / Graduate / Junior

A Technician or Laboratory Assistant, assists the chemist, blending and mixing formulations to ensure stability and efficacy. Candidates for this role are expected to have GCSEs and A levels.

Toxicologist | £20,000 - £60,000

Junior / Senior / Manager / Director

A Toxicologist is a Chemist or Biologist who specialises in the ways chemicals affect the body and skin, toxicologists perform controlled experiments and run a variety of tests to ensure cosmetic products are safe for the consumer to use. Candidates for this role are expected to have a degree in chemistry, biology or cosmetic science, and a masters or PHD.