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Research & Development Engineer - Lab R&D Investigations


Dover, DE, US

Req ID:  1007
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Edgewell Personal Care is a leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of over 25 well-known brands of consumer personal care products.  We are 6000 colleagues strong with a presence in over 50 countries.

 Edgewell's brands include shaving products including Schick and Wilkinson Sword razors and blades, shaving gels including Edge and Skintimate, Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sun screens, Playtex Infant Care products, including spill-proof cups, baby bottle liners, pacifiers, and Diaper Genie, Feminine Care products, including Playtex and o.b. tampons, and Stay free and Care free pads and liners, and Wet Ones wipes.

Our latest additions to the Edgewell family of personal care brands include two full product lines of skin care and grooming products for men: Bull Dog and Jack Black.



Position Summary

The R&D Engineer  supports business needs as outlined by the Manager, of R&D for our entire Feminine Care product line.  In this position, you will take new product projects from beginning to end...from concept through research, development and testing, and on into production.

You will develop the research investigation plans and conduct research related to projects and project teams.  Conduct In-depth analyses and integration of data derived from single or multiple tests to present a comprehensive picture and recommended actions.  Assist in the development and implementation of new methods to address specific product, process, and consumer issues.


Universal Accountabilities

The essential accountability of this position is to design, execute and interpret product and consumer research investigation in support of business needs and objectives. This colleague is accountable for:

  • Design and execution of research investigations consistent with sound, robust scientific investigations that meet international standards and are defensible in front of the scientific community. 
  • Demonstrated solid, scientific-based understanding of the principles of concentrated area of science and consumer research.
  • Responsible for designing a robust research study that is objective driven and meets the needs of the project team.
  • Presentation of all information in a manner that is coherent and accurately reflects the results obtained in the research investigation.
  • “Up-to-date” knowledge and application of statistical analysis procedures for the investigation of product/process/consumer data.
  • In-depth functional understanding of technical tools that support testing (automated data collection systems, statistical software, Microsoft Office, etc.). 
  • Demonstrated actions to take initiative, think and work independently, problem-solve, work in teams and multitask; a solution orientated professional.
  • Maintains and expands “knowledge base” required within the area of work.
  • Participates in cross functional and project teams by providing technical understanding of core area of expertise.
  • Conducting all activities consistent with company and departmental policies and procedures.


Specific Accountabilities

  • Location: Dover, DE
  • This role focuses on product/project execution, cost savings development and operational support.
  • Key customers/interfaces
    • Procurement
    • Engineering
    • Project Management
    • Operations
    • Product Development
    • Regulatory / Safety
    • Product Research and Insights
  • Management of key external development relationships
  • Manage projects to planned/approved budget
  • Additional duties may also be performed as assigned


Required Skills and Experience


  • Formal education and experience in Science based field:
    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Engineering with 2+ years’ work experience, OR
    • An MS degree in Science or Engineering  
  • Demonstrated skills to include:
    • Basic understanding of product/process/consumer based research as a scientific discipline;
    • Ability to frame internal customer needs into actionable studies.
    • Ability to coordinate projects including the design, execution, analysis and reporting.
    • Basic proficiency in applying methodologies including quantitative and qualitative testing, statistics, and design of experiments to answer objectives.
    • Ability to function as a collaborating team member in a business environment to support area of discipline on cross-functional teams.
    • Ability to take initiative, think and work independently, problem-solve, work in teams
    • A solution orientated professional with the ability to execute multiple tasks required to meet project objectives
    • Communicates effectively intra and interdepartmentally to meet project objectives
    • Good documentation practices of any records and data


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • A MS or Ph.D. in a related scientific discipline and highly qualified BA or BS individuals may be considered.
  • Minitab and MS Project experience is helpful
  • Experience in a corporate environment.
  • Experience in a CPG industry is a benefit.
  • Experience in maintaining and fostering vendor relationships


Work Environment

  • 10-15% travel may be required
  • Typical physical requirements of an office environment is necessary
  • The work location will be in an Office / Laboratory / Pilot Plant Laboratory / Operations environments.
  • Exposure to health risks or conditions that may require the use of Personal Protective Equipment.

Edgewell is an equal opportunity employer, and we prohibit discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.



Nearest Major Market: Delaware
Nearest Secondary Market: Dover