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GautengJohannesburg
Research & Innovation
Full - Time
29-Mar-2021
KEY JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

• Embodies & drives the consumer point of view to enhance and assess perceived product performance
• Leads the Consumer function within the Product Performance Evaluation organization
• Drives the research, development & application of new, innovative tools & methods based upon industry & technology advances as well as project needs.
• Collaborates with PPE counterparts in all L’Oréal R&I Hubs around the world to develop and implement best practices
• Summarize project learnings and drives consensus building around conclusions
• Leads Consumer team of 10+ people; accountable for employee development and performance, and organizational efficiency
• Collaborates with labs, innovation direction/consumer market insights, international colleagues and evaluation team to develop & implement dynamic, relevant evaluation
• Applies expertise to all projects to ensure relevancy of test design, target and endpoints based upon objective.
• Challenges the analyses of test results to ensure robust, thorough & insightful conclusions.
• Synthesizes learnings from evaluation tests to derive key insights and next steps for a project
• Manages/drives outsourcing strategy to ensure quality, timeliness and expertise
• Contributes to predictive modeling programs linking consumer, sensory & instrumental data
• Surveys product trends & market via market intelligence reports, internet, etc
• Develops vision with roadmap, identifying short, midterm and long term goals for function
• Drives projects from inception to completion with quality, timeliness, and professionalism
• Presents projects & strategy to upper management
• Develops & mentors team as well as recruits strong talent

TECHNICAL / PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
SCIENTIFIC/TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

• Transforms scientific/technical knowledge into inventions and innovations
• Creates actives, technologies and products to maximize the perceived performance.
• Interprets results in the most relevant way and communicates them with integrity
• Continuously develops expertise and researches new technologies or methods. Shares and passes on scientific/technical expertise
• Leverage digital to accelerate innovation, to open new areas of performance and develop connected cosmetic

CREATIVITY INSPIRED BY CONSUMERS

• Develops knowledge of consumers in all their diversity.
• Proposes creative ideas or scientific concepts based on consumer insights
• Translates consumer/market insights into outstanding product performance goals

ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR INNOVATION

• Generates big concepts or technologies
• Takes risks to create radical or disruptive innovation and manages them in an effective way • Maximizes major innovation projects, prioritizes and simplifies.
• Ensures compliance with quality, safety and sustainability

COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP FOR INNOVATION

• Shares the vision and translates it into effective goals
• Acts with a local and global perspective to achieve the multipolar innovation goals
• Promotes collaboration among functions to ensure collective performance
• Fosters dialogue with the business and brands to transform innovation into big market opportunities

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

• Consumer Science expert
• Masters or PhD in Psychology, Sociology, Food Science or other related sciences, with emphasis in Consumer Science
• 10+ years experience working in a fortune 100 company preferred
• Passion for innovation
• Strong working knowledge of statistics
• Good knowledge of personal care products based on several years of experience at a managing level
• On-line community experience
  Strong outside network of agencies, professionals & academics in Consumer Science & Analytics fields
• Excellent interpersonal, communication (written/oral), and organizational skills
• Strong leadership, diplomacy & influencing skills
• Capable of working in a matrix organization, including strong teamwork skills
• Ability to travel domestically & internationally
• Technical writing skills
• Strong presentation skills
• Must be proficient in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
• Must be legally eligible to work in the US on an on-going basis
• Consumable Product experience preferred

L'ORÉAL COMPETENCIES

• Innovator
• Strategist
• People Developer
• Integrator
• Entrepreneur