Burt's Bees R&D Product/Process Co-op (Jan 2023)

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The Clorox Company

The Clorox Company

Burt's Bees R&D Product/Process Co-op (Jan 2023)

Durham, NC
Full Time
  • Responsibilities

    At Clorox, we champion people to be well and thrive by doing the right thing, putting people at the center, and playing to win. Led by our IGNITE strategy, we build brands that make a positive difference in people’s lives around the world. And we know that success requires head, heart, AND guts - all three, every day - coming together to work simpler, faster, bolder, and more inclusively. Interested? Join us to #IgniteYourCareer!


    Our purpose at Burt’s Bees, which is rooted in Clorox Values and a growth culture, is to reconnect people to the wisdom, power and beauty of nature. We believe nature has the best solutions for providing safe and efficacious products while also believing it is our responsibility to promote individual, community and environmental well-being. We have a great team with hardworking people, and we’re looking to add to our Hive!

    The Research & Development organization is at the heart of our Clorox business, taking new generations of consumer products from concept to reality. With such diverse roles as engineers, scientists, mechanical designers and packaging professionals, R&D is a community of technical leaders and managers actively involved in virtually every step in the lifecycle of our products, from initial concept to raw materials to final goods on store shelves. R&D is committed to leveraging the latest technology to bring consumers the high-quality, innovative products they expect and deserve.


    As a Research &Development Co-op for Burt’s Bees, you will work with a team of scientists and engineers located in Durham, North Carolina to deliver and maintain a robust pipeline of innovative personal care and cosmetic products for this fast paced, exciting and growing business. You will have a variety of assignments within the Burt’s Bees Lab, Pilot Plant and Manufacturing facility. This is a full-time position, with the expectation that you will work 40 hours per week for a 6-month period.


    • Work closely with the R&D team to identify and execute against opportunities to develop or improve upon lab and pilot plant capabilities such as new test methods, processes and manufacturing efficiencies

    • Contribute to developing new and innovative products/processes working in the lab and pilot plant

    • Define, develop and execute SOPs, best practices, testing plans and test methods

    • Work with cross-functional teams and external partners to identify and make recommendations for cost savings of existing components, formulas and manufacturing processes

    • Assist with designing and executing manufacturing line trials, making observations and drawing conclusions

    • Establish necessary specification information for raw materials, packaging components and formulas

    • Analyze and interpret data to meet project targets and objectives while making recommendations that drive efficiency and manage risk


    • Junior or Senior in Cosmetic Chemistry, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering is preferred with a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher

    • Experience and familiarity in a chemistry lab

    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

    • Demonstrated strong leadership and influencing skills with the ability to learn fast

    • Excellent organization skills with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and effectively

    • Confident self-starter, capable of working independently and cross-functionally with minimal supervision and direction in a fast-paced environment is a must

    The Clorox Company and its subsidiaries are EEO/AA/Protected Veteran/Disabled/LGBT employers

    We seek out and celebrate diverse backgrounds and experiences. We’re looking for fresh perspectives, a desire to bring your best, and a non-stop drive to keep growing and learning.

    At Clorox, we have a Culture of Inclusion. We believe our values-based culture connects to our purpose and helps our people be the best versions of themselves, professionally and personally. This means building a workplace where every person can feel respected, valued, and fully able to participate in our Clorox community.


    • Competitive compensation

    • Generous 401(k) program in the US and similar programs in international

    • Health benefits and programs that support both your physical and mental well-being

    • Flexible work environment, depending on your role

    • Meaningful opportunities to keep learning and growing

    • Half-day Fridays, depending on your location

    Please apply directly to our job postings and do not submit your resume to any person via text message. Clorox does not conduct text-based interviews and encourages you to be cautious of anyone posing as a Clorox recruiter via unsolicited texts during these uncertain times.

  • Industry
    Consumer Goods
  • About Us

    Clorox builds brands that make everyday life better, every day. We value our differences, and challenge each other to think and act boldly. We try new things, succeed, fail and keep learning. We work hard, have busy personal lives and are all able to make a positive impact -- at Clorox, in our communities and in the lives of millions of people who invite us into their homes and workplaces. Make your mark and help us drive growth that is profitable, sustainable and responsible.