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Research and Development Manager

  • Curio Brands
  • 07/22/21
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • 55414
  • 80,000 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
At CURiO, people are the heartbeat of our business. There would be no Thymes or Capri Blue without the collective passion and commitment of our employees. We consistently strive to return the same care that our employees bring to CURiO every day.

As a company that helps consumers enhance lifes big and small moments through fragrance, we are in the business of self-care. And we share that focus on self-care within the company as well. Its how we balance our AMBITIOUS cornerstone. We work hard to deliver our mission and vision, but we also value taking time to care for ourselves. Physical and mental health and wellness are our top priority, and
CURiO has self-care offerings to provide more time away from work and flexible support to all who need it by offering:

PTO Paid Holidays Celebratory Days Flexible Fridays Flexible Work
Schedules Medical Insurance Dental Insurance Vision Insurance Short-
Term Disability Long-Term Disability Generous 401k Match Employee
Assistance Program $15,000 Paid Life Insurance Paid Parental Leave

We work at CURiO for many reasons, such as our love for our products and our coworkers. Among the many other reasons is CURiOs welcoming, friendly culture. We are growing quickly, but we are still small enough to know each others names and help each other celebrate individual successes.

We pride ourselves on the CREATIVITY of our employees. From the chemists who mix intriguing fragrances and the designers who create stunning vessels to the operations teams who overcome obstacles to get our products to customers both quickly and safely, we celebrate CURiO innovation.If you are looking for an opportunity to be CONNECTED to those that you work, be COURAGEOUS and apply.

We are seeking a Research and Development Manager who will be responsible for leading CURiOs team of chemist and R&D experts in the development of all new products from concept to commercialization, as well as through the necessary maintenance of existing product formulations. They will help generate new product ideas by exploring new product categories and product types. Current product categories include bath and body, beauty, home care and home fragrance. The Research and Development Manager will work with the Brand, Product Design, Project Management, Engineering, Purchasing, Customer Experience, and Operations departments to accomplish the development. The desired outcome is to produce products that are regulatory compliant, stable, efficacious, fragrant, and a pleasure to use. The Research and Development Manager is responsible for the professional and technical development of the research and development staff.

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Work Responsibilities:

Research and Development
Manage research and development and testing of new products/launches to meet the specified launch schedules.
Assign products to the Chemists for development. Oversee the development, stability, and testing processes.
Oversee outside formulation and testing of existing product types as well as new fragrance technology products.
If needed, take on formulation work in order to help support the launch schedule.
Manage development to meet internal expectations of performance, formulation philosophy, safety, cost, and regulatory needs.
Oversee product maintenance of current collections to uphold product quality and regulatory compliance.
Identify and suggest changes for possible cost or time savings, ie manufacturing process improvements.
Establish, develop and maintain supplier and manufacturer relationships for new product development.
Educate Brand on new product raw materials and formulas in order to help with sales and marketing copy.
Oversee all forms of documentation.
Make recommendations on quality control issues that impact business decisions.

Research new materials
Stay current in raw material ingredient and fragrance trends in order to suggest potential raw materials and product applications. Work with Sr. Fragrance & Product Strategist to analyze fragrances for internal and external evaluation. Monitor technical developments in the industry by meeting with chemical raw material suppliers, reading trade journals and magazines, and by examining competitive products of interest.

Regulatory Affairs
Work with the Regulatory Affairs Coordinator to keep company in compliance with most up to date standards. Have a working knowledge of FDA, FTC, CARB, OTC, Health Canada, EPA, European Union, and other domestic and international regulatory groups.

Manage Laboratory to Good Laboratory Practices
Train staff in appropriate precautions and practices to maintain good laboratory standard, promote a clean working environment with regularly calibrated equipment and require good laboratory safety to promote a safe work environment per OSHA and other regulations.

Staff Management: Responsible for providing leadership to the team and ensuring that the team has the talent, resources, and readiness to meet team goals as well as ensuring maximum productivity and performance. Models CURiO Cornerstones and uses cornerstones framework in decision making.
Effectively work within and potentially manage a multi-locational team under a fast pace and constantly changing circumstances.
Hire, train and develop team, ensuring that each employee has a clear and thorough understanding of their role and responsibilities.
Effectively orient new hires to CURiO culture, structure and specific role and responsibilities, ensuring a positive and productive employee experience.
Utilize the companys performance management program as designed to align individual performance to overall performance objectives. Provide ongoing performance feedback. Identify and take appropriate action for non-performance.
Guide and coach direct reports to produce business results by working collaboratively within and among cross-functional teams.
Support employee development, offering opportunities for expansion of skills and capabilities to prepare for career growth.
Ensure all CURiO communication is disseminated to the team in a positive and timely manner.
Administer all internal policies and procedures in accordance with company, human resources, budgetary, and finance guidelines. Ensure accuracy of staff data records.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelors degree in Chemistry, or equivalent experience.
Five of experience in formulation bath and body, beauty, home care, home fragrance or similar product.
Three years experience effectively managing, supervising, and mentoring staff.
One year of experience in project management or project supervision.
Have a working knowledge of FDA, FTC, CARB, OTC, Health Canada, EPA, European Union, and other domestic and international regulatory groups

Computer and/or software qualifications:
Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Outlook

Preferred Qualifications
Experience in formulation of face, hair, pet, men, car or baby care categories.
Additional years experience in formulation bath and body, beauty, home care, home fragrance or similar product

Core Competencies:
Strong sense of creativity to aid in the process of ideating new product ideas and solving problems creatively.
Curiosity and self-motivation to explore and self-educate on new product types and categories.
Ability to work independently but also with a team to complete product development.
Ability to follow directions, measure accurately, and record data.
Strong attention to detail with ability to organize and prioritize multiple resources and ensure on-time completion in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to demonstrate flexible and efficient time management and to appropriately prioritize workload based upon organization or departmental needs, both individual and team.
Ability to communicate and interact effectively with managers, co-workers, customers, vendors and other partners.
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work under constant deadline pressure and manage multiple projects across multiple lines of business.
Skill in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Skill in staff management through motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job based on skills and potential.
Ability to maintain and protect company proprietary information.
Practices good personal hygiene to maintain a sanitary, pleasant, and safe laboratory environment.

Travel Requirement: less than 5%

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