Job Opportunities at Kobo

Job Opportunities in South Plainfield, NJ
Please send resume and include salary range to hrkobo@koboproductsinc.com.
Please reference the job title in the subject field.
Chemical Operator
Seeking an experienced and energetic professional to join our team as a Chemical Operator for batch making and operating of process milling equipment.

We are seeking applicants flexible to work on any shift (1st 6am-2pm, 2nd 2pm-10pm, 3rd 10pm-6am – Monday-Friday).

Responsibilities and skills include, but will not be limited to the following:
  • Experience required running powder treatment equipment and working with surface treated pigments in cosmetic or personal care industry.
  • Experience running hi speed mixing equipment.
  • Experience with media mills and others.
  • Experience using transfer pumps and scales
  • Experience working w/ HAZ materials preferred
  • All candidates should have previous exposure to GMP and must be able to maintain a safe and clean working environment
  • Repacking of raw materials and general warehouse duties
  • Must be able to operate a forklift and have experience with material handling equipment.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
Gratis Lab Assistant
Seeking a highly motivated self-starter with a strong work ethic to join our team as a full-time Gratis Laboratory Assistant. Great opportunity for an entry-level candidate to gain greater exposure to a laboratory setting.
Job Requirements:
  • Lab experience helpful
  • Candidate must be able to work well under pressure in a very fast paced environment, have excellent multi-tasking skills and attention to detail, and keep a clean work environment
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Knowledge of Safety Data Sheets and safety precautions of tasks involved
  • Must be able to lift ~50lbs.
  • Exposure to forklift a plus
Responsibilities Include:
  • Fill high volume of sample orders for shipment.
  • Put away and stock newly received materials.
  • Refill lab stock daily.
  • Data entry and record maintenance.
  • Support other departments (WH/Sales, Production, Applications, R&D) with materials from Gratis.
  • Occasional warehouse support with repacks.
  • Maintain a clean lab environment.
Local/Regional Truck Driver (CDL)
Kobo Products, Inc. in South Plainfield is seeking an extremely reliable CDL driver that can maintain safety and accuracy in a fast paced environment.
Job Requirements:
  • CDL
  • Clean driving record
  • HazMat endorsement preferred
  • Must be trained to safely and responsibly operate forklift equipment
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Flexibility with day shift hours
  • Must be able to work overtime as necessary
Responsibilities Include:
  • Coordinate with Production and the Warehouse every day to set up runs depending on needs.
  • Pick up and deliver raw materials to Production, and pick up finished goods from Production to take to the Warehouse for orders.
  • Monitor the schedule for pick-up orders from Planning as well as outside Kobo facilities, and log arrival and departure times.
  • Complete inspection of the interior and exterior of the truck every day from the first run and notify the Facilities/Engineering Manager of any problems.
  • Check MTO’s at pick-up and delivery, especially for finished goods. Ensure that all copies are signed upon delivery, and paperwork is distributed to the appropriate departments.
  • General Warehouse support.
  • Comply with all company and OSHA regulated safety codes.
Material Sampler
Seeking a Material Sampler to work between our warehouse and lab at our location in South Plainfield, NJ.
Job Requirements:
  • Candidate must be able to work independently in a very fast paced environment and maintain high levels of accuracy in daily operations
  • Candidate must be a self-starter with strong work ethic who is able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and manage time efficiently and effectively
  • Chemistry or related science knowledge (in High School or College)
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel) required
  • Experience working in a laboratory is a plus
  • Knowledge of Safety Data Sheets and proper material handling
  • Must be able to lift at least 20 pounds when needed
  • Forklift experience preferred
Responsibilities Include:
  • Work in warehouse to perform manual sampling and inspection of all incoming raw material in accordance with all applicable standard operating procedures (SOPs) and work instructions.
  • Must understand and implement cGMP.
  • Use aseptic sampling techniques and ensure all corresponding documentation is correct.
  • Maintain work area and equipment free of chemical and/or microbiological contamination to ensure validity of test results and safety of work environment.
Quality Control Lab Technician
Job Requirements:
  • B.S. in Chemistry or Biology
  • Minimum of 2-4 years working experience
  • Strong color experience required
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and work with others in a fast paced environment
  • Must be able to work independently prioritizing the work load
  • Must have strong problem solving, communication, organizational, math, and computer skills
  • Background working with powders in the personal care industry or similar industry is required.
  • Must be able to lift ~ 25 lbs
Responsibilities Include:
  • Performing various wet, physical, and instrumental testing to monitor physical and chemical characteristics of pigment powders
  • Measuring and evaluating color matches to standards
  • Adhering to lab methods, procedures, and documenting results of testing procedures in accordance with GMP standards
  • Interacting with QA/RD to make sure all non-conforming results are investigated
Senior Application Lab Technician
Kobo Products, Inc. in South Plainfield is seeking an organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented Senior Application Lab Technician to join our team.
Job Requirements:
  • 3-5 yrs. Related work experience in the personal care/cosmetics industry required
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Effective communication and multi-tasking skills
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a group setting
  • Must be able to prioritize projects and work accordingly
  • Oversee Jr. Lab Technician
  • Flexibility to attend seminars and conferences, if requested
Responsibilities Include:
  • Assist the Application Lab in scaling up formulas.
  • Coordinate, maintain, and support Gratis orders.
  • Manage and maintain formula inventory.
  • Order and keep raw materials needed in inventory.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the lab.
  • Learn cosmetic formulation in order to progress to a higher level.
  • Learn Kobo dispersions and how to formulate with them.
  • Learn how to evaluate new raw materials for Kobo such as treatments.
  • Assist customers or sales people questions on products/formulas.
  • Prepare samples for Sales meetings and Tradeshows.
  • Attend trade shows to support sales with customer discussions.

Job Opportunities in Labège, France
Please submit CV (resume) and salary requirements to Lyse Dumesic at ldumesic@koboproductsinc.com.
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Director of Sales & Application Lab
  • Responsibilities: including but not limited to:
  • Identify, qualify, promote, grow and close sales opportunities with new and established clientele
  • Manage and Support Distributors throughout EU, Clients, Key accounts, Sales Managers and Representatives
  • Work closely with internal teams (Marketing, R& D, Regulatory, Customer Service)
  • Must be flexible regarding business trips and travel; Travel is required
  • Visiting customers and participating in various trade exhibitions, within Europe and the US
  • Organizing and Implementing Customer and Distributor Seminars and Presentations
  • Making reports of visits and sales
  • Overseeing Application Lab and Formulation Development
  • Excellent organizational, communication and presentation skills
  • Advanced selling & negotiation skills
  • Identify and support customer requirements/opportunities and recommend solutions
  • Excellent computer and software skills are a must
  • Formulating Color and Skin Care Products
  • Minimum 5+ years experience working in the personal care and/or cosmetic industry.
  • Minimum 3+ years experience as a Sales Manager. Must be fluent (oral & written) in English & French. Additional languages are a plus.
  • Formulation experience in Color and Skin Care Products
  • Bachelors Degree Required
Plant Maintenance worker
Plant maintenance worker will serve as the key resource for the manufacturing operation focusing on:
  • Safe, efficient, reliable operation of equipment to ensure the production of quality products.
  • Preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and problem resolution for process issues, including electrical and mechanical equipment troubleshooting
  • Planning and undertaking scheduled maintenance
  • Responding to breakdowns
  • Obtaining specialist components, fixtures or fittings
  • Ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation
  • Managing stocks of supplies and equipment
  • Maintain 24/7 plant manufacturing operation
Job Requirements:
  • Three to five years of experience working with electrical and mechanical maintenance.
  • Strong attention to detail and skillful in handling machine parts.
  • Conformance to the other plants in other countries.
  • May need to travel for training or maybe even a Summit

Job Opportunities in Germany
To apply for a position at Kobo, please email resume to hrkobo@koboproductsinc.com or fax to 908-757-7921.
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Account Manager
Seeking a high-energy, aggressive, and motivated Account Manager who is eager to join a dynamic personal care company. The successful candidate will be a sharp, energetic and focused individual who is motivated to get results - one who possesses the highest levels of integrity at all times. Strong oral and written communication and organizational skills are required in order to maintain a level of activity which includes qualifying prospects, scheduling appointments, presenting products, and generating sales. Excellent PC skills are a must. Minimum 5+ years experience working in the personal care and/or cosmetic industry. Minimum 3+ years experience as an Account Manager or Formulator. Must be fluent (oral & written) in English & German and reside in Germany. Must be able to travel throughout Germany and Benelux. Visits to France and USA annually. Education: Bachelors Degree Required.

Job Opportunities in China
To apply for a position at Kobo, please email resume to hrkobo@koboproductsinc.com; lding@koboproductsinc.com and dmccarthy@koboproductsinc.com .
Please reference the job title in the subject field.
(Support for Applications Lab)
  • Formulation of Skin Care, Sun Care, Color Cosmetics and OTC products including but not limited to Sunscreens, creams, lotions, mascaras, lipsticks, foundations, pressed powder, and other cosmetic and OTC products.
  •  Developing new products to meet marketing and sales department needs.
  •  Interact with customers & provide technical support for customers and Sales staff including efficacy testing, trouble shooting & stability.
  •  Participate in trade shows, sales conferences and sales meetings.
  • BS in Chemistry, Biology or related field.
  • Knowledge of industry trends.
  • Creative thinking, technical writing, and organizational skills.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the chemical, personal care industry.
  • Knowledge of cosmetic/personal care raw materials, functionality, interactions and regulatory limits.
  • Understanding of emulsion and surfactant technology as well as general formulation techniques.
  • Must be fluent in English as well as Mandarin. Additional languages a plus.