Melaleuca, Inc.

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Idaho Falls, ID

Job Description

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Job Overview:

Company Profile

"Enhancing the Lives of Those We Touch by Helping People Reach Their Goals"


For over 30 years, Melaleuca has taken this mission statement to heart. It is our guiding principle. Everything we accomplish is done with an eye toward promoting the physical, environmental, financial, and personal wellness of those around us.


We carefully craft products you use every day with the highest standards of safety, health, and wellness in mind. We are always on the lookout for exceptional talent that wants to be a part of something more than just a company but someone who shares in our mission of “Enhancing Lives”.  If this is you, Melaleuca's got a place for you, right on the front lines of a world-class company where your training, your talents, your experience and your enthusiasm can make an impact—right from day one.


This position offers you the opportunity to make a difference at one of the world's top health and wellness companies as you assume the role of in-house expert in developing personal care products for the Product Development team. You will expand your skills and experience across our leading line of personal care products. We foster an open, energizing and collaborative environment and our team is made up of passionate professionals who deliver to high standards but also have fun in the process. While R&D is a strategic driving force in our global organization our R&D team is relatively small, so your successes will be noticed.


Job Summary

The Principal Scientist has responsibilities to develop new products for the Personal Care category to enact improvements on existing personal care and skin care products and to help drive innovation. This individual will closely work with other functions within Melaleuca and external partners to identify new technologies and deliver superior products that delight consumers while meeting safety and regulatory requirements.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads and supports bench top/pilot line development of new products and line extensions from concept to commercialization. Responsible for leading development and launch of skin care, hair care and other personal care products
  • Formula development and optimization of personal care products, including skin care, hair care products; meet technical targets in efficacy, safety, cost and regulatory requirement
  • Manages external contract manufacturers: supplier qualification, capability development and technical specification
  • Manages external studies, including FDA required in vitro and in vivo studies and claims support clinical studies
  • Test and recommend alternative ingredients and/or processes that would improve product quality and/or process efficiency; optimize existing product formulas for cost savings and quality
  • Keep up to date on new ingredient, trends and process technologies and be able to write specifications for new ingredients and finished goods
  • Evaluate data from testing or literature and report outcome to cross functional teams; identify and communicate issues/risks
  • Coordinate/communicate with Execution Team to ensure production start-up
  • Works closely with Marketing in setting product direction, establishing priorities, and recommending new development ideas


Minimum Qualifications

A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to formulate, develop and commercialize new and existing products; lead projects and coordinate the efforts of the various groups involved in the New Product Development process including marketing, suppliers, operations, quality assurance and manufacturing.

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science or similar field
  • Experience and developing personal care product development: sourcing & supply chain, regulation, formulation, stability, technology transfer
  • Experience and understanding of sensory testing, shelf life testing, analytical methods and statistical analysis
  • Familiar with formulation, ingredient functionality and processing of multiple product forms: emulsions, lotions, liquids, oil, spray, gel, wax,
  • Global regulatory and QA knowledge preferred
  • Able to travel (US & Canada)
  • Proven track record of driving innovation in a competitive industry within a fast paced research environment as evidenced by new product introductions, patents, publications and/or novel product claims.
  • Strong team player with excellent communication skills, flexibility, and the ability to multitask.
  • Familiarity with good manufacturing practices, product registration and labeling compliance regulations, etc.
  • Ability to hold product research and development activities in strictest confidence.

Just as important as your experience and skills will be the following characteristics and competencies:

  • A natural orientation for continuous improvement and problem solving.
  • A collaborative approach and willingness to engage in an environment of active idea sharing.
  • Sharp organizational skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to produce consistent quality under deadline pressure while paying careful attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation and a strong sense of ownership and accountability.

Why Melaleuca

Great culture -- the R&D team is fun, creative, eccentric and passionate about product development. Collaboration is key, and you'll become a part of a fast-paced team of scientists dedicated to changing lives. Like the rest of Melaleuca, we are proud to be part of a values-driven organization that treats employees with respect. Our employees and their families enjoy company parties and countless discounts around the Community. We implement a very real open-door policy, and all employees are on a first name basis . . . it feels more like a family than a multi-national corporation!



Safe, uncrowded, affordable-- nestled in the heart of beautiful Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls is a prosperous and vibrant community, as well as the gateway to recreational paradise. This unique setting provides numerous opportunities for total wellness -- social, physical, financial, and emotional. If you love outdoor activities, this is the place for you, with the Snake River running right through town, the Rocky Mountains dominating the horizon, and Yellowstone less than a 2-hour drive away.



Excellent compensation -- in addition to a competitive salary and bonus incentive program, we offer comprehensive benefits that include all you would expect plus some remarkable surprises, such as a longevity bonus. Right here on site we provide a fitness center, concierge service (free) and an employee restaurant.