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
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.
Kobo Products, Inc. located in South Plainfield, NJ is seeking an experienced and detail-oriented self-starter with a strong work ethic to join our new micro-laboratory as a full-time Microbiologist.
Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Chemistry (Microbiology preferred)
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of lab experience required
  • GLP training and analytical chemistry knowledge are highly preferred
  • Experience in the cosmetic/personal care industry a plus
  • 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)
Responsibilities Include:
  • Prepare samples and investigate typical structure, growth, and development of micro-organisms such as bacteria, algae, fungi, etc. of cosmetic ingredients.
  • Perform laboratory functions including qualitative and quantitative analyses.
  • Data entry and lab reporting.
  • Maintain lab equipment and records.
  • Adhere to appropriate guidelines (cGMP) and maintain a clean and safe lab environment.
  • Order lab samples, media, and chemicals as needed to ensure stock is up-to-date and clean.
  • Possibly oversee a junior lab technician.
Microsoft Dynamics Navision Developer
Fast-growing NJ manufacturer is seeking a candidate to support internal Navision applications. The Navision Developer will be responsible for software design, coding, testing, documentation, implementation, and maintenance of NAV for new business processes and upgrades.
Job Requirements:
  • Minimum of 3 years experience analyzing, coding, developing, and supporting Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP system
  • Experience and knowledge of VB.Net, ASP.Net, VBA, SQL Server preferred
  • 4-year Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or other related areas
  • Self-starter capable of independent creative work, with demonstrated experience defining requirements and delivering applications to meet requirements.
  • Strong desire to bring best practices to the team, sharing knowledge and expertise – enabling your team members’ mutual success as the organization continues to grow.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
Responsibilities Include:
  • Serving as the primary technical software developer and support for NAV and working closely with management to identify development projects.
  • Providing training, support and project management relating to NAV.
  • Planning, designing, developing, testing, maintaining and supporting NAV business system.
  • Analyzing, documenting and suggesting system enhancements through communication with users, management and customers/vendors to meet business goals and satisfy business and technical requirements.
  • Creating functional requirements and functional specs based on user specification.
  • Developing curricula and organizing and delivering formal training on NAV functionality, including customizations and add-ons.
  • Dealing with complex situations including: troubleshooting, issue resolution & critical support.
  • Maintaining/administering security settings for NAV users; responsible for overall application security.
  • Planning and executing upgrades and releases.
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.
Warehouse Worker
Seeking a highly motivated Warehouse Worker that is detail oriented and can manage in a fast paced environment.
Job Requirements:
  • Candidate must be able to work in a very fast paced environment and maintain high levels of accuracy in daily operations
  • Experience with cGMP and hazardous materials required
  • Background in cosmetic or personal care manufacturing industries preferred
  • Must be trained to safely and responsibly operate forklift equipment
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Responsible for shipping, receiving,transfer, and storage of raw materials, packaging, and supplies.
  • Coordinate with several other departments/buildings daily in order to prepare and inspect materials that are shipped and received.
  • Continuously maintain an organized and clean warehouse.
  • Comply with all company and OSHA regulated safety codes.
  • Must be able to work overtime as necessary.

Job Opportunities in Labège, France
Please submit CV (resume) and salary requirements to Lyse Dumesic at ldumesic@koboproductsinc.com.
Please reference the job title in the subject field.
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.