Unilever Senior Research Scientist in Burlington, Vermont


The Senior Research Scientist provides technical support to the upstream formulation development team, within R&D, to identify technologies and develop key household cleaning product propositions that consistently meet or exceed consumer’s expectations while supporting business sustainability and meeting Seventh Generation authenticity and ingredient guidelines. This involves a combination of skill in the laboratory, strong creative problem solving skills, an understanding of consumer drivers in our product categories and the passion to bring truly differentiated products to market.


  • Formulate products that meet our performance and authenticity standards and ensure that products are delivered on-time and within budget while meeting all consumer and technical objectives

  • Manage projects independently, working well cross-functionally with Marketing, Supply Chain, other R&D groups and outside vendors.

  • Identify, review and assess pertinent technologies from external and internal sources.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with existing and potential raw material suppliers.

  • Collaborate with suppliers and other scientists within the organization to develop new technologies, new forms, new biobased ingredients,…

  • Collaborate in product qualification including product stability testing, micro-challenge, and performance testing.

  • Collaborate with the consumer science team to conduct market analyses to identify innovative points of differentiation for formulation, claims and/or performance.

  • Stay abreast of technical developments and regulatory updates in the household cleaning category by reviewing technical publications, articles and abstracts as well as attending relevant conferences.

  • Develop product specifications for new products and create documentation to support all product qualification requirements.

  • Commit to personal development and professional growth by actively participating in personal development initiatives and applying developmental thinking within the context of planning and executing work.

  • Potential supervision, collaboration, and mentoring of associate chemists and interns

  • Support early research projects

  • Support scale up by generating data that provides a holistic picture of potential formula manufacturing behavior.

  • Support product launch with visit to outside manufacturer partners, market and consumer insight events as requested.


  • BS in Chemistry, microbiology, engineering or related discipline, advanced degrees is an advantage

  • 7+ years experience in R&D, Formula Development or Technical Product Management preferably in a consumer products goods company – direct experience in home care is preferred.

  • Experience reviewing and assessing new technologies, regulations and patents is desired.

  • Need to be flexible and adapt to change as will work on different product categories.

  • Need to be able to manage many projects at the same time

  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills and proven ability to work in a fast paced work environment.

  • Strong project management skills

  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Excel, PPT

  • Strong organizational, verbal, and written skills with intense attention to detail.

  • Able to prioritize and meet deadlines within specified time constraints.

  • Self motivated with an enhanced ability to work independently

  • Passion for working in a values based company

  • Strong alignment with Seventh Generation’s Mission, Vision and Values

  • Ability to operate effectively in a team

  • Open minded and can do attitude is essential


  • Lab and office environment

  • No specific physical requirements

  • Travel is expected up to 10% of the time

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