Scientist, Product Innovation R&D (Tarrytown, NY)



Prestige Consumer Healthcare is a company that focuses on product innovation and quality in the over-the-counter healthcare and women’s health categories to better improve the lives of our customers and their world.   For generations, our trusted brands have helped consumers care for themselves and their loved ones. We are the largest independent provider of over-the-counter products in North America and we are constantly improving and creating products that match the ever-changing lifestyles and needs of people and families everywhere.

Job Summary

The Scientist will provide product development support to the Product Innovation & Marketing Team at Prestige Consumer Healthcare. A highly organized, analytical, and creative team player will help drive product development from identification of the opportunity and new technologies through commercialization. The Scientist will work in a highly dynamic and collaborative environment across multiple brands within a matrix organization  - requiring the ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical partners, both within the organization and outside.  A strong R&D product development background and experience in the OTC monograph drug and dietary supplement industry is preferred.

This position will be based in the Tarrytown, NY Corporate Headquarters.

Major Responsibilities/Activities

Support the identification, development, evaluation, and commercialization of new technologies in multiple brands and categories through the lens of unmet consumer needs.  Categories may include pain relief, digestive health, cough/cold, and oral care.  Oral dose formulated products of both monograph drugs and dietary supplements will be the major focus areas.

Brainstorm, develop scientific support, and gain alignment with Legal and Regulatory for novel consumer claims.

Participate in the development and interpretation of consumer research to understand the consumer experience with products and categories, ultimately translating into value enhancement opportunities against specific brand strategies.

Participate in regular cross-functional NPD meetings throughout the product development process.

Help manage external teams in development of product formulations.  There is not a formulation or analytical lab in the Prestige Consumer Healthcare HQ.  Hands on lab work is done by manufacturers, formulation houses, raw material suppliers, etc.  The Scientist will help advise and work with the external parties.

There will be the opportunity for the Scientist to “own” brand-level R&D responsibility for a smaller brand and work directly with marketing on developing and executing NPD pipeline.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Scientific or Engineering discipline. (i.e. Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical sciences/engineering).
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience in one or more of the following areas: R&D Product Development or Technical Transfer, preferably in the Pharmaceutical or Consumer Packaged Goods Industry.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required along with ability to collaborate with colleagues outside of the R&D group.
  • Capable of quickly gathering high-level understanding of complex technical and scientific issues.
  • Demonstrate a global mindset and cultural awareness.
  • Excellent organizational, diplomatic, and problem-solving skills and ability to cope well under pressure in an extremely fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Understanding of Quality Systems in cGMP environment.
  • High proficiency in computer skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Travel up to 15% mainly in North America.

Travel: up to 15% ability to travel via car, plane, rail.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


This position is a hybrid role.  Must be able to work in Tarrytown, NY on Tues/Weds/Thurs.  Work from home on Mondays and Fridays.

*Sponsorship is not available for this role. *Relocation is not available for this role.

Salary Range: $80,000 - $100,000


Prestige is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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