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Lead Product Scientist

Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Neenah, WI 54956
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Lead Product Scientist

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Lead Product Scientist

Neenah, WI

Scientists at Kimberly-Clark work as a member of a Research & Engineering (R&E) team to develop and implement new product, process, material or technology concepts. The Scientist for this role will provide guidance and leadership in product development for products focused in KCNA on Depend. This role will be focused on FEI development for Depend.

Candidates should have experience across multiple technologies or industries and will have a demonstrated ability to effectively interface with a broad range of team members. The incumbent reports to a Team Leader and receives direction in the form of specific project objectives.

Key Customers:

Research Scientists, Product Developers, Marketing, Product Supply, Production Facilities, and Global Non-Wovens.


  • Lead product development efforts primarily for FEI with opportunities in Development and Commercialization and LCM as needed.
  • Lead development and execution of product design strategy to deliver desired consumer benefits while ensuring alignment with Vision/Migration plans. In some cases, work to define the vision/migration plan.
  • Lead the exploration of new benefit areas as well as potential other new product opportunities for Depend.
  • Lead development of product key milestones, budget, timeline, and resource forecast for assigned project(s).
  • Manage development and lead execution of learning plan in conjunction with Marketing Research and Innovation Testing teams.
  • Ensure development and execution of product specification and quality plans appropriate for FEI.
  • Facilitate discussions with marketing and the design team regarding claims and aesthetics.
  • Provides mentorship to junior members of the product development team and/or contractors.
  • Plan and carry out project responsibility with limited assistance and direction.
  • Communicate and document project plans and results to key customers.
  • Develop knowledge and skills to be recognized as an effective implementer of research principles, scientific analysis, and project management.
  • Seek, recognize, define, and solve problems to achieve unit objectives. Identify complex technical issues to determine root cause, develop and recommend solutions.


  • Candidates must possess a bachelors or advanced degree in related major scientific or engineering discipline from an accredited college or university. May also include other relevant disciplines (i.e., Psychology, Nursing, and Sociology).
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a variety of technical or operational assignments.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team to complete projects within required timeframes.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% domestic and international.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge and background in product development and in FEI is desired. A demonstrated ability to translate that knowledge into execution of process or product related initiatives.
  • Up to 12 years of experience in a variety of plant and staff assignments.
  • Experience with PD tools and computer programs, such as consumer test methodology, intellectual property, Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., PowerPoint, Excel, and Word).
  • Experience and expertise with Kimberly-Clark products, procedures, and processes.

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene, and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No.1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. With more than 140 years of history of innovation, we believe in recruiting the best people and empowering them do their best work. If fresh thinking and a passion to win inspire you, come Unleash Your Power at Kimberly-Clark.

Kimberly-Clark is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

This position may require a post-offer/pre-hire Physical Abilities Test (PAT) to confirm that individuals are able to perform the essential functions of the job.

K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based. In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization. However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship. This position is subject to drug and alcohol testing, including pre-employment testing.

Global VISA and Relocation Specifications:

K-C will support in-country relocation for the chosen candidate for the role, including assistance to obtain proper work authorization. The benefits provided will be per the terms of K-Cs applicable mobility policies. The benefits/policy provided will decided in K-Cs sole discretion.

This position is subject to drug and alcohol testing, including pre-employment testing.

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Posted: 2019-10-10 Expires: 2019-11-08
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