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R&D Manager

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A collective energy and ambition. A place where you can make a real difference.

We’re a company that genuinely cares about our people, our products, our consumers and the environment.

Our unique, informal culture champions courage, determination and collaboration. Knowing we have an open and supportive team means each of us has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. We have a shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.

United by the belief that when we strive for growth, anything is possible. While we might not be the largest company in our industry, we believe we can have the biggest impact because: Together We Have the Power to Win.

Are you an experienced R&D Manager with a focus on Consumer Research and Product Development? Do you have significant experience of Personal care Product Research and Formulation?

If the answer is yes - then look no further. Church & Dwight UK Ltd have a vacancy for a R&D Manager (Product Development) based at our UK R&D Centre in Folkestone, Kent, with 50% of the time working from home.

You may not be familiar with our company name, but you will be familiar with our range of household brands that cover healthcare, haircare and personal care categories. These include Batiste dry shampoo, Arm & Hammer toothpaste and Femfresh intimate wash and many more!

The R&D Manager (Product Development) is responsible for developing a competitive understanding of the market and consumer needs. Taking this insight through into identifying technology that can drive innovation and product development.

New Product Development & Innovation

  • Understand consumer needs on a particular benefit area and link these needs with technical/scientific possibilities.

  • Understand competitive landscape in the cosmetic area, so as to understand our position with better, technical solutions.

  • Guide the development and formulation of cosmetic products/batches and new product concepts required by the business whilst working as part of a future innovation exercise based on customer needs.

  • Ability to construct and implement technical strategy and innovation strategies for key global brands.

  • Lead the Consumer Research capability in Europe

  • Involvement of laboratory or in use tests to determine the product properties and operation of pilot plant when trialing new products.

Package Development

  • Knowledge of personal care components and specifications as they relate to overall manufacturability of products and interaction with product ingredients

  • Guide the design and assure compliance with global specification systems


  • Knowledgeable in regulatory and legislative implications of product claims and advertising restrictions

  • Experience working cooperatively with corporate legal and advertising agencies

  • Devise clinical testing strategies for hair care products to deliver well substantiated product claims assure compliance with regulations

Quality Improvement

  • Establish a strong quality mindset within the organization to analyze and resolve product quality issues

  • Work closely with Quality Assurance organisation to identify and implement improvement programs for finished products.

Technical Services in Support of Manufacturing

  • Provision of technical support to production sites and understanding of global manufacturing requirements

  • Assure flawless handovers of technology from laboratory to manufacturing with understanding of global implications

Business Acumen

  • Key member on the creation of 3 – 5 years multigen plans

  • Provide expertise to formulate long term business plans working closely with global business teams

  • Harmonise global business practices and improve efficiency of the R&D organisation

People Management and Development

  • Conduct in-depth performance management of individuals and provide career development opportunities for technical staff.

  • Identify and address employee engagement issues, initiate actions to improve engagement.

  • Training and mentoring of new staff.

  • Daily running of Product Development laboratory and staff.

The ideal candidate will have experience of a similar role within a multi-national FMCG organisation. In addition:

  • University Degree in Sciences or Engineering or related relevant professional qualifications to degree level.

  • 5 or more years relevant experience in personal care formulation and science or a similar environment.

  • Previous knowledge of personal care products including toothpaste formulation or depilatories is ideal.

  • Experience in technology sourcing and innovation management.

  • Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate on an executive level.

  • Proven leadership capability, experience managing organizations composed of scientists and engineers.

  • Decision Making - Ability to analyze and interpret data to make accurate and expedient decisions.

  • Able to foster strong cross-functional relationships and build effective project teams.

  • Strong negotiating skills.

  • The post holder should be prepared to undertake additional study as required as part of their continuing professional development i.e. attendance at technical seminars, courses etc.

  • Knowledge of different languages is beneficial to the role.

In return, we offer a competitive salary with car allowance, 24 days annual leave, company performance related bonus, health cash plan, life assurance cover and highly competitive pension scheme.

For more information on our company, our brands and our culture visit us at

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With offices in London and Folkestone, Kent, our more than 400 employees enjoy numerous benefits.

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DIVERSITY At Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight strives to create an environment where everyone feels free to bring their authentic self to work every day.

We win when we respect every employee for who they are – regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other differences. We believe that our employees’ contributions are richer because of their diversity. We aim to be a diverse, inclusive and equitable company and are determined to build a culture where people have the power to win together.

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CULTURE At Church & Dwight

We care - about our people, our products, our consumers and our environment. To honor these priorities, we’ve built our culture around the tenants of courage, determination and team spirit. We’re united by our small company feel and inspired by opportunities to make our mark.

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Equal Employment Opportunity for the Disabled At Church & Dwight

As an equal opportunity employer, Church & Dwight is committed to providing access and opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact 877-809-8449 or email their resume and cover letter to Please note that these options are available only to those needing an accommodation because of a medical condition or disability. All email submissions should include “Accommodation needed” in the subject line as well as information related to the specific position you are interested in (requisition number, job title, location, etc.). Church & Dwight will not respond to inquiries made to or 877-809-8449 that are not related to accessibility of the online application system by persons with medical conditions or disabilities. To review Church & Dwight’s Equal Opportunities Employer Policy, click link below.

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