Sr. Scientist, OPI R&D


Position Title: OPI R&D Senior Scientist

Location: Calabasas, California, USA

Reports to:  OPI R&D Director – Pro and HPI

Direct Reports: 0

Scope / Brands:  OPI



Together, WE enable individuals to look, feel, and be their true selves.

Wella Company is one of the world’s leading beauty companies, comprised of a family of iconic brands such as Wella Professionals, Clairol, OPI, Nioxin and ghd. With 6,000 employees globally, presence in over 100 countries, Wella Company and its brands enable consumers to look, feel, and be their true selves. As innovators in the hair and nail industry, Wella Company empowers its people to delight consumers, inspire beauty professionals, engage communities, and deliver sustainable growth to its stakeholders.

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We have an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated Senior Scientist to join our OPI R&D team located in Calabasas, CA.  In this role, you will work on end to end innovation, developing OPI Professional nail products for salon services. You will leverage both internal and external formulation pathways to bring superior technology to the market. Throughout the innovation process, you will partner with Marketing, Education, and Product Insights to identify needs and create compelling claims and demos to strengthen the launch of your innovations in market.



  • End-to-end innovation to support business growth in professional market
  • Define technical success criteria based on marketing brief and product insights
  • Building innovative technical pathways with sound scientific understanding
  • Driving innovation via new material proposals and technical insights
  • Design comprehensive learning plan to validate formulation pathways
  • Utilize fundamental lab testing tools and methods to perform formula screening and generate performance scorecards.
  • Keep clear formulation and evaluation records in a laboratory notebook while following Good Laboratory Practices
  • Develop compelling claims story and demos for scientific communication internally and externally
  • Conduct competitive product landscape and attend technical seminars to stay current with technology related to UV and reactive products
  • Maintain and strengthen working relationship with key suppliers and TPMs
  • Project management within Stage and Gate Process and on time delivery of technical readiness with robust quality
  • Foster a positive work environment and Wella values




  • Minimum BS in polymer chemistry, materials science, chemistry or related science, MS preferred.
  • 3+ years of relevant formulation & product development experience in the Cosmetic industry. Experience in nail products preferred.
  • Co-development experience with third party manufacturer or raw material suppliers.
  • Expertise in UV cure monomer, polymer and/or coatings technologies preferred.
  • Significant record of achievement in the development and commercialization of new products
  • Hands on individual, GLP and organizational skills are a must
  • Strong communication skills and capable of working with multifunctional groups to move project forward
  • Team player and exhibit “can do” attitude, responding effectively to multiple demands.
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment


We disclose the compensation range for positions in compliance with local law. Actual salaries will vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to location, experience, and performance. The range listed is just one component of Wella Company's total rewards package for employees. Pay Range: $ 66,800-$111,300 salary per year. Other rewards may include annual bonus plan or variable pay, depending on the role. In addition, Wella Company provides a rich variety of benefits to employees, including health insurance, life and disability insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, paid holidays and paid time off (PTO). 



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