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Senior Scientist

Senior Scientist
R&D
About us
Hartz is a manufacturer of pet care products with a 91 year history. Product lines currently consists of Hartz flea & tick drops and collars, dog and cat treats, cat litter, wellness products, dog and cat toys and accessories, and products for birds, small animals and fish. At Hartz, we truly understand the important relationship between you and your pet, and pledge to provide products that make this relationship more rewarding and fun for both of you. We will develop and apply new ideas and technologies to give you and your pet the finest quality pet supplies ? so your pet will live a healthier, happier and longer life.
The role
We are seeking a Scientist with a passion for Pets and one who can share in our mission of strengthening the bond between all pets and their families by developing innovative, trustworthy, and affordable products!
The Senior Scientist is responsible for formulation development through commercialization of new and improved chemical pet products. The primary focus of this position will be on shampoo, spray, and topical drop formulations for use in pet grooming, and flea and tick control applications. This position is located at our Carlstadt, NJ technical center.
What you will do
Responsible for all steps of chemical formula development from ideation, to first production with minimal oversight
Identifies and develops new innovation and technologies by working closely with cross-functional teams, as well as raw material suppliers and contract manufacturers to meet the needs of marketing, consumers, and their pets
Works with procurement on securing new sources of ingredients for incorporation into both new and existing formulations, which increase value and maintain or enhance quality
Monitors the development of multiple laboratory formulation projects to meet budgets and timelines
Assists in the design of stability protocols and conducts thorough stability tests
Participates in cross-functional team meetings to convey R&D test results, hurdles, project status, and timing
Determines finished product specifications and develops batching procedures
Works closely with Analytical Chemists and Biological Sciences to ensure all appropriate product evaluations are completed
Shepherds new and improved products through scale-up and commercialization
Provides brand support for assigned products
Responsible for maintaining a clean and safe work environment at all times
Interact with marketing, scientific services, and regulatory teams in the evaluation of new product ideas
Serves as a member of the Hartz docket team for label review and approval
What you will bring
A Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Cosmetic Science, or related Health/Animal Science
Minimum of 5 years' experience in personal/pet care formulations; or a Master's Degree with 3 years' experience in personal/pet care formulations
Experience working with insecticides, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes is a plus
Demonstrated ability in formulation development, stability studies, and establishment of ingredient and finished product specifications
Understanding of scientific computations and record keeping, including maintaining a laboratory notebook
Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practices (GMP's), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) product regulations, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Experience and knowledge of shampoo and/or skin care ingredients in health products. Surfactant chemistry is a plus
Must have experience with basic scientific instruments used in a formulation's lab: (pH meter, viscometer, balances, moisture analyzer)
Prior experience working with formulation software
Proficient with Microsoft Office
Creative problem solving and communication skills
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as work in a team environment
Ability to travel on an as-needed basis to manufacturing facilities and professional meetings
What we offer:
Competitive compensation and generous employee benefits
Office perks, such as summer hours, company outings, bring your pet to work, and more!
Business casual work environment
Easy commute
Quality Products for pets since 1926
Hartz is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities & protected veterans

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