Senior Product Developer



Job Description


Ideation and Product Improvement

  • Work closely with ASEAN country marketing teams, and other global / APAC R&E teams to generate ideas to develop new products and improve existing products, keeping in consideration product cost, engineering feasibility, product safety, legal, process capability, material availability etc
  • Ensure a continuous pipeline of products to meet evolving market needs.
  • Provide support on marketing communications for new product benefits and features to consumer.
  • Work closely with APAC sector and ASEAN country marketing teams to understand consumer and market trends and identify future product opportunities in the market
  • Qualification and Implementation

  • Lead the qualification and implementation of the product development or improvement projects to be successfully launched in the market
  • Ensure product development efforts are moving in tandem with business and market needs.
  • Participate in the development of product test plan and action standards to ensure appropriate qualification has been considered.
  • Verify any potential issues on material, product design, process feasibility on new product designs
  • Lead the team to develop and execute plans to address potential process, equipment and/or product issues during implementation
  • Lead and manage projects related to product improvement and upgrades from a technical point of view
  • Innovative approaches to work processes and products

  • Actively research into ways of developing innovative product designs utilizing laboratory facilities and other resources.
  • Employ innovative approaches to many short-range problems and broad creative concepts leading to new technical approaches.
  • Think out of the box without being held captive by traditional ideas to aid problem solving
  • Ideas generated are developed into working prototypes via innovative avenues and project objectives are met.
  • Strong consumer understanding, and be able to understand how consumer needs translate into technical solutions
  • Documentation, invention disclosures and patents

  • File invention disclosures and patent applications to protect creative ideas and protocols developed.
  • Good documentation of knowledge and research and development works
  • Creative ideas protected in a timely manner to support business growth.
  • For IP/invention disclosure filing, record traceability and to facilitate knowledge transfer
  • Technology sharing and provision of technical service

  • Communicate with KC global and other R&E teams to share information and gain knowledge of new technology.
  • Provide any technical services to the business team such as developing product claims, consulting technical point in advertising and any other related issues
  • Incorporation of novel technologies into products.
  • Leverage on capabilities of global business teams to reduce time-to-market.
  • Effective sharing of good practices employed by various teams
  • Costs Optimization

  • Achieve business need for reduced cost at equivalent quality of products.
  • Eliminate non-value added features, materials, product dimensions to deliver winning products at the lowest cost.
  • Guide Jr. developer to lead cost optimization programs..
  • Provision of Specifications

  • Prepare and issue the final product and raw material specifications and update affiliates regularly.
  • Ensure FPS and RMS are replicable through understanding process, machine feasibility and supplier capability.
  • Ensure effective information transfer to affiliates for successful project execution in subsequent developmental stages
  • Mentorship

  • Provide technical training/guidance for other project areas. Provide technical assistance, training and coaching to less experienced team members, including cross functional team members
  • Enhance the technical skills and expertise of the team.
  • Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience in personal care development.
  • Bachelor or above degree in Science or Engineering
  • Strong knowledge of personal care product and process.
  • Strong project management and people skills
  • Dedication to team work and leadership
  • Integrity within professional environment
  • Strong communicator
  • Willing to travel both regionally and globally, estimated to be 5-10% of the time.
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