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Key Scientific Role


The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) is the voice of the cosmetic and personal care industry in the UK, promoting good working practice and representing the interest of its members through active dialogue with UK Government, European and international regulators, interested stakeholders and media.  Membership comprises manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, retailers and service providers, from SMEs to multi-nationals. 

CTPA is currently recruiting for a key role within its scientific services department to support and progress the Association’s scientific support to member companies.  The role offers the possible advancement to Scientific Affairs Manager with the appropriate experience and expertise. 

The successful candidate must possess a good honours degree in a scientific discipline.  Knowledge of the cosmetics regulatory framework, or a related field, is essential and previous experience of the cosmetics industry would be preferable.   A background in formulation, research, development or production would be an advantage.  The ability to critique scientific literature is desirable.  Excellent administrative, organisational and communication skills are required, as is a high level of computer literacy.  

The office-based position involves helping to gather and collate information on the safety, manufacture and regulation of cosmetic and personal care products with a focus on their ingredients; responding to a wide range of scientific, technical and regulatory enquiries from members; and representing the UK industry to regulatory authorities and to the European personal care association, Cosmetics Europe, therefore some travel will be required.  As new research can often lead to media interest, to which CTPA may be expected to respond, the role calls for the need to act swiftly in reviewing scientific studies to distil the key aspects.  The ability to act independently and on own initiative to carry projects through to a successful conclusion will be instrumental in a successful progression to an exciting career with this leading trade association. 

The CTPA is offering an attractive salary according to experience, with private healthcare and a workplace pension scheme.  The offices are centrally located in London, W1. 

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How to apply:  

Send your curriculum vitae and hand-written covering letter (including details of your current salary package) in strict confidence to or to Mrs Caroline Rainsford, Head of Scientific Services, The Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association Limited, Sackville House, 40 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DR.  

Closing date for applications is: 22 February 2019 but applications should be sent as soon as possible.  Successful applicants will be sent a job outline and instructions for interview.  All applications will receive a response.