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Senior Product Developer (Consumer Insights)

ABOUT THE WELLA COMPANY

Together, WE enable individuals to look, feel, and be their true selves.

Wella Company is one of the world’s leading beauty companies, comprised of a family of iconic brands such as Wella Professionals, Clairol, OPI, Nioxin and ghd. With 6,000 employees globally, presence in over 100 countries, Wella Company and its brands enable consumers to look, feel, and be their true selves. As innovators in the hair and nail industry, Wella Company empowers its people to delight consumers, inspire beauty professionals, engage communities, and deliver sustainable growth to its stakeholders.

For additional information about the Wella Company please visit www.wellacompany.com.

 

THE ROLE

The purpose of this R&D role is salon & retail consumer value creation via supporting the development of superior products and supporting existing market products with new technical claims / concepts. Working in partnership with line management and R&D and commercial functions you will own and deliver key studies in the area of consumer understanding, claims definition and data generation to support claims, competitor monitoring and benchmarking, and evaluation of new prototypes both in-lab and on-head.

 

The role reports to the Senior Director based in Germany and may require international travel.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Generating high quality consumer or technical data either directly or via partnership with the Product Test Lab function.
  • Analyzing data independently and bringing clear conclusions and recommendations to line management.
  • Benchmarking/understanding the competitive landscape and periodically sharing with project teams.
  • Delivering on-time, even in time-pressure situations.
  • Project teamwork: work effectively with commercial functions and global R&D partners, often on multiple projects in parallel, delivering key project data on prototypes performance/claims/competitor benchmarking, meeting project timings.
  • Proactive contributor to the area of technical product claims ideas, technical product stories and demonstrations.
  • Work with the global Product Test Lab and Legal to generate core data for product claims.
  • Build skills in the science of consumer understanding and help to ensure this skillset is leveraged on project work.
  • Envisioning the future: proactive contributor to new ideas for the innovation pipeline and new ideas for how to describe existing product in new compelling ways (stories, claims, demonstrations, new ideas based on trend), leading to delivery of new products or claims on existing products.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3+ years’ experience in FMCG or similar with a track record of delivered contributions in consumer/customer understanding, product claims and competitor benchmarking.
  • Business proficient English language skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher within a scientific or technical discipline.
  • Track record in delivery of projects to demanding schedules.
  • Ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts, data, and interpretations in a non-technical manner.
  • Demonstrated high levels of team spirit and can-do attitude.
  • Curiosity and empathy to transfer consumer and stylist insights into directions for new products/claims/demonstrations.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment with a high level of independence and a drive towards delivery of goals.

 

EEO OPPORTUNITIES

We offer equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Wella Company with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact us at: https://www.wellacompany.com/consumer-affairs

 

We strongly believe that cultivating a diverse workplace gives a company strength. The combination of unique skills, abilities, experiences and backgrounds creates an environment that produces extraordinary results. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.

 

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