Valencia, California Principal Formulation Scientist, Alternate Forms

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  • Requisition Number R4545
  • Full Time Full time
  • Shift Regular
  • Area of Interest Science Technical Research
  • Location Valencia, California


Working at Pharmavite is an experience like no other. With a focus on complete nutrition for all, each endeavor is urgent and every day counts. You'll have the opportunity to work on the #1 selling national vitamin and supplement brand, Nature Made, as well as an exciting portfolio of other products that are shaping the future of the healthy living industry. Consumer-driven innovation, high quality products and a promising portfolio, all driven by a team with a shared sense of purpose -- that's Pharmavite. Join us to bring the gift of health to life.

The Principal Formulation Scientist is responsible for building the pipeline, developing and launching new dietary supplement products in gummies and alternative formsThis role manages all aspects of the formulation, product/process development, scale up and commercialization of new products, and explores and conducts research in relevant technologiesThe Principal Formulation Scientist reports to Director, R&D Alternate Forms.

Key Responsibilities

Critical contributions this role is counted on to deliver include: 

  • Develops complex formulations and processes to support the development of new and novel products and/or optimization of existing products. Responsible for performing and/or managing bench top and pilot batches, and supporting technical transfer to manufacturing through scale-up and verification batches. 

  • Builds a pipeline of technology opportunities grounded in consumer needsCollaborates with Nutrition Science to deliver research programsDevelops intellectual properties that will result in viable patents. 

  • Stays abreast of the external environment to explore, identify and develop innovative and proprietary technologies that have strategic significanceMaintains a network of vendors, consultants and external experts to leverage emerging and enabling technologies.   

  • Conducts well-designed experiments and analyzes data to draw sound scientific conclusions. Presents relevant findings to the appropriate technical groups and management. Develops prototypes to demonstrate application of new technologiesTrains and mentors others in experimental design, formulation and processing. 

  • Provides strong technical leadership to Marketing, Quality, Operations and other cross-functional partners to deliver on project goals.  Assesses feasibility for new project ideas to appropraitely identify and mitigate risks. 

  • Acts as an R&D subject matter expert in complex trouble-shooting activities to deliver solutions that are technically sound and commercially feasible. 

  • Supervises 1 direct report 

Ideal Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate is a seasoned formulation professional with a proven track record of commercializing complex new productsYou are highly motivated and engaged with the external environmentYou build strong partnerships and see what is possible.

Critical Success Factors

You’ll be most successful in this role if you have:  

  • Comprehensive knowledge and practical experience in developing innovative new products and problem solving 

  • Track record of successful commercialization of new technologies. 

  • Expert knowledge of formulation and processing of gummies and confectionary forms at the laboratory (bench-top), pilot and factory scale levels.  

  • Practical experience using sensory data to improve formulations 

  • Demonstrated ability to influence others, collaborate cross-functionally, and resolve problems for the best bsuiness outcome.    

  • Ability to lead, communicate with, and influence others effectively in a cross functional team environment. 

  • Ability to analyze data and demonstrated experience with statistical design of experiments (DOE). 

Capabilities & Skills Required

In order to take on these challenges, you’ll need to have: 

  • A four-year college or university degree or its equivalent in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Food Science, Chemical Engineering or other relevant science degree.  A PhD or Master’s degree is preferred. 

  • Bachelor’s degree requires a minumum of 12 years of relevant experience in product development in Food, Confectionary, Cosmetics or Supplement industries.  Gummies experience strongly preferred.  

  • Master’s degree requires a minumum of 10 years of relevant experience in product development in Food, Confectionary, Cosmetics or Supplement industriesGummies experience strongly preferred. 

  • PhD degree requires a minumum of 8 years of relevant experience in product development in Food, Confectionary, Cosmetics or Supplement industriesGummies experience strongly preferred. 

  • Proficiency in Office applications and familiarity with Product Lifecycle Management.  Experience with Siemens preferred. 

  • Demonstrated ability to use technical knowledge as an expert, and proficiency in applying theoretical principles to create applied guiding principles  

  • Ability to travel up to 25% 


Here, career paths aren't predefined, and bureaucratic limitations don't exist -- you have the opportunity to grow, learn from industry pioneers, and develop the way you want to. Pharmavite is investing more in the development of our team -- to help us deliver on our purpose and help you achieve your career aspirations. Our environment is geared to fuel curiosity, encourage experimentation, and generate learning as this is the way we develop ourselves and our organization.

Pharmavite is committed to meeting the needs of our employees and their families with a Total Rewards package that's as comprehensive as the vitamins and supplements we deliver to consumers. With competitive compensation programs and standout benefits, we provide employees with optimal health and well-being -- as well as peace of mind. These rewards -- plus our new recognition program -- ensure employees feel supported both at work and home.

Annual Pay

Annual Pay Range

$140,100.00 - $210,100.00

This represents the minimum and maximum base salary range for this role, plus annual incentive. Various elements are used to determine a candidate’s starting salary such as job experience, specific skills, and comparison to internal incumbents currently in the role.  This information is provided to applicants in accordance with state and local laws.

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