Reporting to the Sr. Research and Development Manager for Adult / Feminine Care products, this position will independently lead projects for new and / or current feminine care products across the ASEAN region to achieve consumer preference within a project timeline.
The incumbent is involved in all the processes of the development from idea generation through to product commercialization.
In doing all these, the incumbent provides support to achieve the ASEAN Feminine Care business objectives, and has the responsibility of sharing product and business knowledge.
Ideation and Product Improvement
Work closely with ASEAN country marketing teams, and other global / APAC R&E teams to generate ideas to develop new products and improve existing products, keeping into consideration product cost, engineering feasibility, product safety, legal, process capability, material availability etc
Ensure a continuous pipeline of products to meet evolving market needs.
Provide support on marketing communications for new product benefits and features to consumers.
Work closely with APAC sector and ASEAN country marketing teams to understand consumer and market trends and identify future product opportunities in the market
Qualification and Implementation
Lead the qualification and implementation of the product development or improvement projects to be successfully launched in the market
Ensure product development efforts are moving in tandem with business and market needs.
Participate in the development of product test plan and action standards to ensure appropriate qualification has been considered.
Verify any potential issues on material, product design, process feasibility on new product designs
Lead the team to develop and execute plans to address potential process, equipment and / or product issues during implementation
Lead and manage projects related to product improvement and upgrades from a technical point of view
Innovative approaches to work processes and products
Actively research into ways of developing innovative product designs utilizing laboratory facilities and other resources.
Employ innovative approaches to many short-range problems and broad creative concepts leading to new technical approaches.
Think out of the box without being held captive by traditional ideas to aid problem-solving
Ideas generated are developed into working prototypes via innovative avenues and project objectives are met.
Strong consumer understanding, and be able to understand how consumer needs translate into technical solutions
Documentation, invention disclosures and patents
File invention disclosures and patent applications to protect creative ideas and protocols developed.
Good documentation of knowledge and research and development works
Creative ideas are protected in a timely manner to support business growth.
For IP / invention disclosure filing, record traceability and to facilitate knowledge transfer
Technology sharing and provision of technical service
Communicate with KC global and other R&E teams to share information and gain knowledge of new technology.
Provide any technical services to the business team such as developing product claims, consulting technical point in advertising and any other related issues
Incorporation of novel technologies into products.
Leverage on capabilities of global business teams to reduce time-to-market.
Effective sharing of good practices employed by various teams
Achieve business need for a reduced cost at the equivalent quality of products.
Eliminate non-value added features, materials, product dimensions to deliver winning products at the lowest cost.
Guide Jr. developer to lead cost optimization programs.
Provision of Specifications
Prepare and issue the final product and raw material specifications and update affiliates regularly.
Ensure FPS and RMS are replicable through the understanding process, machine feasibility, and supplier capability.
Ensure effective information transfer to affiliates for successful project execution in subsequent developmental stages
Provide technical training / guidance for other project areas. Provide technical assistance, training, and coaching to less experienced team members, including cross-functional team members
Enhance the technical skills and expertise of the team.
We seek Original Thinkers to join us. We welcome original perspectives and value different life experiences that can lead to groundbreaking innovation, creative problem solving and agile response to change.
With Kimberly-Clark, you will have the freedom to express yourself, develop your capabilities and grow your career.
Key to your success in this role will be :
At least 5 years of relevant working experience in personal care development.
Bachelor or above degree in Science or Engineering
Strong knowledge of personal care products and processes.
Strong project management and people skills
Dedication to teamwork and leadership
Integrity within a professional environment
Willing to travel both regionally and globally, estimated to be 5-10% of the time.