The world leader in beauty, L’Oréal is present in 130 countries on five continents. Our 32 international brands have allowed us to devote ourselves solely to one business: beauty, with a mission to provide the best in cosmetics innovation to all women and men around the world. We want to bring beauty to all people. Our ambition by 2020 is to win over another one billion consumers around the world by creating the cosmetic products that meet the infinite diversity of their beauty needs and desires through continued digital innovation. L’Oréal encourages diversity and sustainable, ethical sourcing for all our products and we have reduced our emissions by approx. 50% since 2005. Our brands are leaders in beauty, and we are looking for you to lead the change you want to see in L’Oréal.
Scientific & Regulatory Director UKI
To provide overall leadership and management for the team of experts comprising the Scientific and Regulatory department in the UK & Ireland. This includes Head of Regulatory, Senior and Scientific Advisors, Medical Advisor(s) and Scientific / Medical Assistant(s). The director and the team provide scientific support to all brands marketed by L’Oréal UK (LUKI) and Ireland including skin care, hair care, hair colorants, professional, luxury and active cosmetic divisions.
The Scientific Director provides the necessary guidance to the team to enable our brands to make the strongest possible claims on artworks and in advertising (including digital) consistent with national regulatory and advertising authority requirements.
The Scientific Director is responsible for following regulatory developments at a national level, helping to lead regulatory work through the industry association, deal with regulatory queries from stakeholders, and working with Group Regulatory Intelligence.
The Scientific Director also provides advice to manage risks on any scientific and regulatory issues, particularly in times of crisis management and represents L’Oréal at the technical committees of our industry association (CTPA).
•To act as the representative of the Scientific & Regulatory team at Executive Leadership Team level (including AdCom at meetings) and at SRC leadership activities. To act as Board Deputy to the CTPA, to represent LUKI’s position in board discussions (3-4/year). Note that representation on specific technical committees will be carried out by experts in the team.
•To manage the structure, staffing levels, budget, development and career progression for the LUKI Scientific & Regulatory team. The scientific team has an operational budget (covering T&E, staffing and infrastructure costs with specific projects being funded by the brands in question).
•To be involved as necessary in setting the Global strategy for the SRC organisation and ensuring that it is both deployed and brought to life within LUKI.
•To ensure the scientific team provides an efficient and effective consultancy to Marketing for the checking and approval of packaging artworks, press releases, advertorials and other media advertising.
•To lead industry associations (CTPA etc) activities in the technical/scientific area.
•Proactively follow regulatory developments both at national and European level. Where applicable, lead regulatory work in the industry association.
•To act as a scientific consultant and advisor for the Country Manager, Executive Committee and the Corporate Communications dept including being available for media interviews etc. This includes leading and setting the agenda for the monthly advertising review meetings.
•To ensure that L’Oréal UK & Ireland meets its regulatory obligations relating to post-marketing surveillance and in-market controls. To this end, there is a Medical Adviser reporting to the Scientific Director to carry out causality assessments.
•To represent L’Oréal Research & Innovations presenting the science behind research breakthroughs and new product launches to Science journalists and Beauty Editors.
•To be one of the judges for the UK & Ireland L’Oréal-UNESCO ‘For Women in Science’ Awards.
•To ensure scientific dossiers submitted to Clearcast are of the highest possible standard and in line with the L’Oréal code of ethics.
In the UK & Ireland
Country Management Committee UK & Ireland.
Marketing Departments (primarily MDs and GMs) for all Divisions.
The Consumer Care team to ensure that L’Oréal is able to meet its regulatory obligations relating to post-marketing surveillance and in-market controls.
The Competent Authorities in the UK & Ireland: Trading Standards, the MHRA and the HPRA (Ireland).
Advertising pre-clearance body (Clearcast) for strategic meetings and training sessions (submissions are handled by the team under director’s supervision).
Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for strategic meetings and training sessions (defence dossier preparation is done by the team with very close supervision by the director).
UK Industry Association (CTPA) and other relevant associations (director level) to represent L’Oréal’s position and provide technical leadership in strategic meetings and in managing any developing issues.
Media and Media Agencies for strategic articles, meetings and training sessions.
Outside UK & Ireland
Claims substantiation teams (ECS), based in Paris, for regular métier meetings.
Post-Marketing Safety team, based in Paris.
R&I Laboratories for regular metier meetings.
•Minimum good honours degree in one of the life sciences particularly, pharmacology, chemistry, biology or biochemistry, ideally at Ph.D. level. Working knowledge of French language (reading and ideally oral) is desirable.
•University education and significant experience in a related role in the industry including strong demonstrated ability in regulatory and scientific affairs.
•Excellent product knowledge and techniques used for claims substantiation.
•Leadership and management skills on coaching and training scientific staff as well as organising and planning a scientific team.
•Excellent command of the English language and its subtleties. With the ability to articulate and express ideas and concepts fluently and persuasively both orally and in writing, particularly in simplifying complex scientific issues.
•Ability to understand scientific material, internalise it rapidly and “translating” it into simple consumer language thus helping marketing departments formulating product claims. Open to reception of new ideas and willing to explore alternatives.
•Confident and resilient enough to be able to stick to and justify opinion once having listened openly to all alternative arguments.
•Passion for communicating new concepts, ideas and acquired knowledge.
•High degree of analytical skills and think through creative solutions.
•Strong interpersonal skills and capable of building good effective relationships with internal and external contacts. Must be a team player.
•Pays attention to detail as well as looking at the wider picture.
•Very diplomatic and tactful.