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Director of Science & Research



Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2022
Since experience comes in many forms, and imposter syndrome is real, we encourage you to apply even if you don’t think you check every box. Many skills are transferable and passion goes a long way. We know that diversity of thought makes for the best problem-solving and creative thinking, which is why we’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team.
About Us
At Novi, our mission is to enable the future of consumer product development for a healthier people and planet
We are building the marketplace that enables diligence, discovery and purchasing of raw materials for all consumer goods. The opportunity is vast ($1.5T market in consumer product development) and while we started in the wellness and personal care category, we are growing to serve a broader set of markets, including food, household cleaning, and more.
We're looking for people to be part of our journey in enabling the future of consumer product development. Our company, led by Kimberly Shenk, is well funded by top-tier venture capital investors, and has seen exponential growth and traction. If you are interested in realizing our mission and building the future of the clean chemical industry, we would love to hear from you.
What We're Looking For
Novi is building a data platform to help brands understand their products and ingredients and a marketplace to help brands purchase ingredients from suppliers. The industry we're tackling is fragmented and complicated, so we are looking for someone who is excited by the challenge of turning complex and ambiguous requirements into simple, elegant, and robust products.
Reporting into the CEO, you will work closely with cross-functional stakeholders to build the industry’s first algorithmic “vetting engine” to help brands, retailers, and suppliers assess which products meet various clean/sustainable specification

What you’ll Achieve

  • Responsible for building and implementing the scientific algorithms and roadmap that assess every material listed on Novi
  • Identify new features and functionalities to improve the user experience in Novi’s product formulation software
  • Manage product safety and sustainability criteria and lists across a wide range of categories including but not limited to health, environment, animal welfare, and social justice affairs.
  • Drive growth and engagement by providing formulation consultation for brands looking to meet their safety and sustainability goals as they develop products.
  • Work closely with software developers to inform product requirements for gathering, structuring and processing data
  • Support the Supply Operations team in sourcing and maintaining a robust library of innovative and sustainable materials for users to discover on Novi Marketplace.
  • Support business development teams as scientific representative on sales calls
  • Stay current with regulatory updates and industry standards

About You

  • You have a BS in Chemistry with a minor on environmental studies
  • You have a background in Green Chemistry and Toxicology assessment to conduct hazard and risk assessments for chemicals used in the personal care and cosmetics industry.
  • You have at least 4 years of experience in the personal care & cosmetics industry;
  • with direct experience in product development, regulatory, formulation and safety assessment for material categories including ingredients, packaging and fragrance.
  • You have at least 3 years of experience developing and implementing chemical policies by creating restricted substances lists for ingredients and packaging materials and classifying the prohibited, restricted, approved lists.
  • You have at least 2 years of experience building questionnaires for ingredient and packaging suppliers to gather relevant chemical data to support the material selection process.
  • You are able to screen chemicals using comparative Chemical Hazard Assessment (CHA) to identify safe, functional alternatives to possibly toxic or otherwise undesirable ingredients. These includes comprehensive review of existing health data and environmental impacts from a wide range of sources, including but not limited to authoritative lists, government agency databases, peer-reviewed journals, Cosmetics Ingredient Review Panel studies, and chemical supplier information
  • You have conducted or managed out-sourced structural analysis reviews (e.g. computational modeling) to help make informed and precautionary chemical analysis when data gaps exists
  • You have worked with third party testing facilities to outline testing methods, instrumentation, and allowable limits for possible impurities/contamination in ingredients
  • You have at least 3 years of experience working with contract manufacturers to manage the product development lifecycle from ideation to launch, including project management, stakeholder analysis, qualitative and quantitative product testing
  • You have at least 3 years of experience with managing regulatory requirements, authoritative lists, guidelines for testing and labeling
  • You have at least 3 years of experience in green product marketing in compliance with the FTC guidelines and other regulatory requirements
Experience Requirements may be satisfied consecutively or concurrently.
Life at Novi
At Novi, we believe in self care and bringing our best selves to work. Novi's early team comes from a diverse set of backgrounds and domains, and we will continue to foster diversity and inclusion, since it is critical to achieving our mission. Come join us in building the future of consumer product development.
Full Time Employees at Novi enjoy:
Unlimited vacation time
Monthly flexible spend on PerkUp, covering anything from your cell phone bill to meals on Postmates
401k match
Remote hardware setup and WFH stipend
Robust paid parental/foster/adoption leave
Competitive salary, benefits, and equity packages for all employees