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R&D Operations Associate

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R&D Operations Associate 

Tokyo, Japan



The R&D Operations is the R&D function responsible for products once they are launched on the market. The teams are based all around globe, working closely with R&D product development teams, supply, procurement, global/regional/local marketing & commercial teams in order to deliver projects to grow and protect the existing business in addition to increasing the profitability of our products through cost saving programs. 



  1. Busines responsibilities: Reckitt - Hygiene Category products.
  2. Assume leadership for R&D projects in relevant categories, ensuring the implementation at regional/local level by ensuring all required formulation, feasibility work, analysis, validation, stability testing, industrial trials and dossier preparation are performed on time and to the required internal and external standards and market conditions.
  3. Implement global product initiatives with R&D Product Development and other R&D teams. 
  4. In key R&D site (s) of each category, assume TPL (Techical Project Leader) responsibility when project leadership is assigned, based on an agreement with R&D Product Development, preparing a project plan with timeline for all technical activities to be performed, work on formula development be the key contact for all stakeholders involved in the initiative, ensure IDB (Innovation Development Brief) completion and allocation of resources to complete the tasks as per plan, keep a good track of the activities versus the plan, keep the key stakeholders informed about the progress and issues, manage changes to preserve the commitment. 
  5. Collaborates with local commercial organizations in relation to consumer complaints, quality issues, competitor challenges and legal / regulatory inquiries concerning technical matters relating to products marketed within the region.
  6. Collaborates with Supply function regarding technology and product expertise, for production start-up, quality improvements and cost savings projects.
  7. Collaborate closely with Marketing organizations (local / regional) to provide technical expertise and required business support to evaluation (Portfolio Management) and execution of commercial initiatives and projects.
  8. Support R&D teams by providing a clear definition of products, marketing claims and raw material requirements from a regional/local perspective and by providing technical input and support in the preparation of the claim support data.
  9. Maintain good communication as part of R&D organization and across functions to accomplish business objectives. 
  10. Interact with technical functions (R&D, Supply, Packaging Development, etc) to define and share best practices.


EDUCATION: BA or higher degree (chemistry, chemical engineering or other relevant science)



  • Minimum 3 years of experience with a proven track record of successful delivery of technical projects in a FMCG company.
  • Proven project management, prioritization and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven track record in active collaboration with internal & external R&D and non-R&D functions.
  • Strong formulation knowledge and understanding of chemical interactions that would allow to work on different categories.



  • Bilingual fluency in Japanese and English
  • Strong negotiating and interpersonal skills to complete complex and high-pressure projects
  • etc



In Return RB offer very competitive salaries with excellent benefits and the chance to progress your career within a truly global organisation.
RB is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by appropriate law. All hiring decisions are made based on merit, competence and business need.

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