Formulation Chemist - Director

THE PEOPLE AGAINST DIRTY STORY

method sold its first product on February 28th, 2001 - we mark this as the day we became people against dirty®. But why did two twenty-something guys start a cleaning product company? Well, we're not exactly big fans of cleaning, but we are passionate about cleaning up a dirty business. We recognized that household cleaning, which includes laundry and hand wash, was a massive category in desperate need of a little disruption. 

We also had questions. Why do we pollute when we clean? Why do we use poison to make our homes healthier? And why do cleaners have to be so ugly that you hide them away or smell so bad that you hold your breath? The answer: we can do better. 

Leveraging two major cultural shifts in health + wellness and life styling of the home, we disrupted every aspect of the category and grew method into a green cleaning leader. Along the way, we hit #7 on the Inc. 500 list, were named the #16th most innovative company in the world by Fast Company in 2008 and became PETA persons of the year for developing the first vegan laundry products. 

method products can be found in Target, Lowe's, Safeway, Whole Foods and most grocers nationwide, along with growing distribution in the UK, France, China, Japan and Australia. And the party is only getting started.

In 2012, method merged with Belgian green cleaning giant Ecover, and together became the world's largest green cleaning company. Our two brands are committed to inspiring generations of happy, healthy homes by making non-toxic products that work—for you and the planet. And we've built a LEED-Platinum certified manufacturing plant to prove it, the first of its kind in our industry. We even formalized the name of our joint enterprise: People Against Dirty (PAD) Manufacturing. Of course, this is more than a company name, it is one of our founding principles. By pioneering a cleaner clean, we believe we can make a difference. 

That's why our work environment is creative, brand-savvy, entrepreneurial, fast-paced, solutions-focused, irreverent but disciplined, team-oriented and fun. Piqued your curiosity? Keep reading.

THE ROLE

Reporting to the Sr. Director of Formulation, a Green Chef is part chemist, part engineer, part innovator and part git-r-done.  The Green Chef role is to develop and test the best and most sustainable products and then bring them to market.  We want to delight our users so they keep coming back for more!  Here at method, we create home cleaning, personal care and laundry products in San Francisco, and we manufacture our products in our South Side Soap Box (manufacturing facility) in Chicago.

This position is based at our headquarters in San Francisco's Financial District.  As a Director level Green Chef it is important that you have a chemistry and/or chemical engineering background, formulation experience and demonstrated proficiency in a lab setting.  Just as importantly, you should have superior communication and teamwork skills, strong project management and prioritization skills and exhibit a passion for environmentally sustainable solutions and creative problem solving.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Ideate and develop innovative formulations for products using green chemistry tools that meet consumer and technical objectives.
  • Conduct related performance, consumer and stability studies to ensure products deliver on quality, on budget and on the product experience
  • Work with business (pod) teams to co-develop and articulate project criteria and build plans for developing new products, executing line extensions and enabling cost savings
  • Develop and support compelling, consumer-noticeable claims for new products and product improvements; conduct competitive analysis on products and collaborate with sales and marketing teams to develop label copy, graphics, usage instructions and claims substantiation
  • Work with suppliers to incent green chemistry solutions through testing and timely feedback, iterative material improvements and incorporation into products
  • Work with fragrance, regulatory, legal and greenskeeping (sustainability) teams to manage fragrance experience, legal/regulatory compliance and sustainability assessments on formulations
  • Collaborate with global development teams on platform technologies and innovation
  • Continually improve environmental positioning of products through source reduction, green chemistry solutions and innovative product approaches (e.g. 8x laundry)
  • Continually assess and upgrade formulation capabilities, including technical knowledge base, test methods, consumer understanding of method formulations and formulation skills
  • Work reception once a month
    we are not joking. at people against dirty, everyone in the San Francisco office takes a spin as receptionist. costumes welcome. 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The ideal candidate will be a results-driven chemist or chemical engineer. Extensive experience in formulation and environmental chemistry is required, as well as experience in product commercialization for home and personal care categories. Unique skills or a background that would complement method's chef team is a plus (process scale-up, operations/quality, consumer research, analytical test experience, etc.…).

QUALIFICATIONS + EXPERIENCE

  • Education: BS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Experience: At least 10 years in consumer packaged goods industry, strong technical background in chemistry and formulation
  • Formulation skills in home care required. Particular emphasis on surfactant chemistry in laundry, dish and hard surface cleaning desired. Formulation skills in adjacent categories a bonus (personal care, beauty care, paper goods, industrial/commercial, etc)
  • Ability to drive results (independently and as part of a team) make recommendations, craft smart plans and deliver against them
  • Strong communication skills to keep the team up-to-date and give and receive useful feedback
  • Strong legal and regulatory understanding as they relate to consumer products, IP assessment and claim support activities
  • Ability to learn quickly and start contributing immediately
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at once
  • Energy and Passion with a high capacity for work, the ability to prioritize effectively and propagate excitement; Good attitude and positive outlook are a must!
  • Interpersonal acumen strong collaboration skills and always willing to help others succeed; act as a mentor to junior staff
  • Ability to bring solutions by using sound judgment and experience to guide development
  • Innovation instinct -- discovery, ideation, prototyping skills and a knack for finding creative ways to tackle challenges and assess ingredient technologies and formulation strategies to deliver unique, own-able differentiation on shelf

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