Product Development Manager, Personal Care

Product & Technology Development Karlshamn, Blekinge province


AAK Personal Care Product Development Manager – could this be you?

AAK is one of the world’s leading producers of value-adding vegetable oils and fats. Personal Care is a business unit dedicated to producing high performance, sustainable, botanically-derived emollients for the cosmetics industry.  We lead the way in developing safe, stable and sophisticated solutions to meet the growing demand for more natural, eco-conscious beauty products.

We are looking for an innovative, highly skilled, knowledgeable and committed person to join our Product Technology and Innovation Team. The position is currently based in Karlshamn, Sweden, but other locations would be considered for the right candidate.

At AAK, we firmly believe in building strong relationships and long-term partnerships with our customers. Our unique co-development approach means we work alongside our customers to explore opportunities across the value chain to develop optimal solutions that meet their business needs. Initiative, innovation, improvement and teamwork are the key to success.

About the position

Reporting to the Director of Product Technology and Innovation, your key responsibilities include new product development, product improvement, and technical problem solving. You will act as both a lipid expert and project leader. In your expert role you need to demonstrate a profound understanding of lipid chemistry, physical chemistry and surface chemistry.  You will be able to apply that expertise in the context of skin biology, in order to assist customers with technical challenges and enable them to develop outstanding skincare solutions. The role also requires you to support and liaise with international colleagues within sales and customer innovation.  Excellent communication skills and a commercial mind set are essential. A maximum 10-20 days travelling per year would be required.

Who are you?

Background and Experience:

You hold a degree (preferably a master’s degree) in chemistry, chemical engineering or biology and have experience in working with lipids, physical chemistry, surface chemistry, dermatology or personal care formulations. We value and welcome new technological insights and expertise.

Project Management experience is an advantage.

High proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

Personal Qualities:

You are pro-active, analytical, reflective and results oriented.  You excel in demonstrating the ability to turn these competences into solutions that support commercial targets. This, in turn, requires pragmatism and a hands-on attitude.

You are a true team player with good communication and listening skills.  

We offer

An exciting career in a dynamic and welcoming team with the opportunity for personal and professional development. The position has arisen as the result of a talented colleague moving on to new challenges within the company. 

Contacts and application:

For information about the position, please contact Staffan Norberg, Director Product Innovation and Technology, on +46 708 172977 or

For questions about the recruitment process or the organization, please contact Marie Sundström, HR Business Partner, on +46 454 82867 or

Please submit your application with relevant enclosures in English. We recommend you apply early as applications are evaluated continuously, but not later than October 1, 2019.

We have already chosen our sourcing channels for this recruitment and kindly ask not to be contacted by any agents of advertising, recruitment or manning companies

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