Project Manager

Benchmark, 17536 Von Karman, Irvine, California, United States of America Req #1409
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
KDC is a network of best-in-class custom formulators and manufacturers of color cosmetics, skincare, haircare, bath & body, fragrance, deodorant, home, health, industrial, and auto care products. KDC delivers high-touch innovation, operational excellence, and speed to market to well-known and emerging beauty, personal, and specialty companies from coast to coast. KDC has its head office in Longueuil, Québec. In addition, KDC has 10 operating facilities located throughout North America. Altogether, the company employs nearly 4,800 talented and dedicated employees in North America.

Whether it’s for blue sky innovation, category-defined products or complex formulating challenges, savvy marketers turn to KDC/One Benchmark to create what’s next in beauty. As a true hub of innovation on the West Coast, KDC/One Benchmark works with hundreds of ingredient suppliers who give us a first look at new ingredients, often long before they’re on the market. This allows us to provide our customers with groundbreaking innovations in skin and hair care. We believe in the power of innovation to transform businesses, industries, and the quality of our lives, and we bring that mindset to the formulating bench every day.


We seek a talented self-starter experienced in Project Management and Product Development, within the beauty/cosmetics industry, with a passion for being at the heart of each product development project, ensuring a high level of responsiveness, quick follow up in managing client engagement, and setting expectations and timelines appropriately. The incumbent will interact with prospective and existing clients both locally and across the country, and at times internationally. Our clients range from start-ups to middle-market and fortune 500 companies.

Essential Functions

  • Manage all phases of numerous product development projects to ensure timely and successful delivery of project deliverables.

  • Serve as the central point of contact between clients, laboratory staff, and third-party service providers.

  • Manage day-to-day activities of 50 or more projects at any given time.

  • Collaborate and communicate with the R&D team to keep priorities and projects on track.

  • Facilitate kick-off meetings and project status meetings.

  • Prepare client presentations and company reports and manage project documentation (CRM).

  • Participate in business development activities.

  • Identify, create and improve systems related to processes, record keeping, and client communications.


  • 5+ years of related experience in Product Development and Project Management with a strong focus in managing timelines for personal care, consumer goods or cosmetics.

  • Knowledge of project management processes and business fundamentals is critical.

  • Two years of supervisory/management experience required.

  • Understanding of international markets and manufacturing operations is highly preferred.

  • ·Strong leadership skills, including the ability to effectively recognize and manage change.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills as well as a strong drive for results.

  • Must be an excellent communicator in written and verbal form. This role requires timely communication with high profile clients.

  • Must understand task dependencies and critical milestones and how they relate to other steps in the product development cycle.

  • Must be organized, capable of managing high levels of detail, and managing multiple activities/tasks under pressure.

  • BA in the sciences or business administration or a related field

  • MBA, or PMP certifications is a plus

  • Cosmetic, OTC, skincare or related industry experience is a must

We offer competitive pay, commensurate with experience, and generous benefits like paid time off, health/dental/vision insurance and 401K matching.

KDC-ONE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, gender, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. I understand that employment with KDC-ONE Company is at-will, meaning that I or KDC-ONE Company may terminate my employment at any time, or for any reason consistent with applicable state or federal law. I understand that KDC-One requires the successful completion of a drug and/or alcohol test as a condition of employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator SG&A
  • Benchmark, 17536 Von Karman, Irvine, California, United States of America