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Director, Product Development

Department: Product Development
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Beautycounter is a disruptive beauty brand that creates and sells safer, high-performing skin care and color cosmetic products. Our mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. We work toward this mission by creating best-in-class products with ingredients that have passed our rigorous ingredient selection process. We also work on market and policy initiatives to raise the bar of safety for the entire cosmetics industry. We pride ourselves on our commitment to transparency.

Our Director, Product Development, Care will be responsible for the conceptualization, initiation, development, evaluation and follow-through for Skin Care, Body Care, Hair Care, Kids/Baby Care, Men’s product development and formula improvements in line with Beautycounter’s Mission and “Never List”. You will also keep abreast of the latest trends to create disruptive innovation opportunities across the brand. You will collaborate cross-functionally to ensure the parameters of the product development time-line, budget and schedule are followed. You will manage, develop and inspire the product development expertise of direct and in-direct reports. Additionally, you’ll be responsible for contributing to the implementation of the PD stage-gate process in collaboration with the VP of Product Development.

To be successful in this role you will:

• Manage and direct a Product Development team members

• Lead new formula development and reformulations for calendarized programs, ensuring development meets Beautycounter’s mission and commitments to performance and safety

• Create disruptive product concepts, under the guidance of the VP of Product Development, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Artistic Officer, that generate new opportunities for brand growth

• Prioritize and manage multiple projects with a high level of detail in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.

• Ensure all programs have development briefs and product training guides

• Assist in the implementation of PD stage-gate process and governance documents in collaboration with Marketing and Operations/Supply Chain

• Partner with the cross functional team to ensure products are brought to market on-time and on-budget

• Manage projects with strategic partners and contract manufacturers

• As needed, manage and report all clinical, sensory and consumer testing for products in development

• Work with team to ensure compliance with all regulations

• Facilitate cross-departmental coordination to ensure crucial aspects of product development are communicated with Marketing, Operations, Sales, Legal and Global Product Safety

• Attend industry events, trade shows and supplier meetings to stay abreast of current trends and technologies

 

What you will bring to this role:

• Passion for the beauty/color cosmetics consumer, market and industry trends

• Team leadership experience

• Strong background in Color Cosmetics product development and acumen

• Driven to identify opportunities for creativity & innovation

• Excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills

• Experience managing contract manufacturer and supplier relationships

• Effective cross-functional collaboration

• Agility: capacity to manage regular time line and fast track/opportunistic developments

• Creative problem-solving skills

• Successful track record of working in a fast-paced environment

• Commitment and passion for Beautycounter’s mission

 

Qualifications/Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree required

• Advanced degree, preferably a MSc, in chemistry, green chemistry, biology or MBA

• 10+ years of consumer product management experience, with at least 8 years in cosmetics industry

 

 

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