Research & Development Chemist
Acheson & Acheson
Acheson & Acheson
I’ve always wanted to know how things worked, and when I was deciding on a university course the choices were between Engineering and Chemistry. At school we had a very passionate Chemistry teacher and he unintentionally made my mind up for me.
Working at A&A has been my first “proper” job after graduating. It was the first company I applied to, and I started as a Laboratory Technician in January 2010. In 2012 I was promoted to a Junior Chemist.
It can vary quite a bit from week-to-week depending on the stage of the projects we’re working on, however it’s usually split between working at the bench experimenting with new formulations, or at the computer formulating and organising paperwork/artwork for those formulations.
I like the quick turn around with ranges. We ideally spend between a year and 18 months from initial brief to launch date. This means you’re not spending too long on a single product or range, and you also see the products on shelf relatively quickly.
Sometimes the period between brief and launch can be much tighter than normal, which means we have to work much faster but just as thouroughly. Keeping on top of multiple ranges which are at various different stages of the development process can also be tricky.
The first time I saw one of the products I'd worked on throughout the entire production process on the shelf in a retailer.
The industry is constantly developing and evolving, with new raw materials and unique products appearing all the time.
There are many different chemical reactions occurring in cosmetic products - as a chemist I need to know about all of them!
I'd probably be working in the petrochemical industry or be doing something in automobile engineering.