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NPD Manager

Skin + Me

Skin + Me

London, UK
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2024

Skin + Me is a mission driven start-up with seriously big skin goals.

We’re looking for an experienced New Product Development (NPD) Manager to join our NPD Team at Skin + Me. This is a hybrid working role with three days a week in our Paddington HQ (Mon, Tue, Fri) and two days remote.

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled and experienced NPD Manager. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years experience working on a beauty brand, ideally in skincare. They will have a passion for skincare and a strong understanding of ingredients, formats and usage. This is a pivotal role within the NPD Team with strong ties to the brand, marketing, prescribing and operations teams.

The successful candidate will be confident working autonomously as well as collaborating and communicating well with other teams. This candidate will enjoy taking ownership, delivering results and getting involved in the day to day detail of creating exciting new products.

What you'll do:

  • Working alongside our Head of NPD, Head of Medical and Regulatory Manager on the NPD roadmap, ingredients, format and product / ingredient messaging.
  • Listening to our customers, to create a range of world class products.
  • Developing the best way to communicate the unique product offering we bring - the efficacy, the sensorials, the personalisation.
  • Understand current and future trends and innovations in active cosmetic ingredients and formulation technologies, working in partnership with our in-house dermatologists to ensure our products are efficacious, luxurious and best-in-class.
  • Overall you will own the E2E product development lifecycle working cross-functionally in partnership with medical, marketing, operations, technology, creative, CS and growth to create market leading products

Who you are

These are the skills we’re looking for. Even if you don’t tick every box, but feel you’re right for us, we’d still love to hear from you.

  • Around 5 years experience in cosmetic NPD, preferably in skincare
  • High level of, and passion for, product, ingredient and format knowledge with a strong understanding of product claims and fragrance development
  • A good understanding of cosmetic ingredients and how they work
  • Experience working directly with product developers and formulators
  • Strong knowledge of competitors in skincare and what they have to offer and how we differentiate
  • Understanding of key beauty trends and where product and ingredient development is going
  • Able to work with journalists and influencers to explain how our products work and why they are unique
  • You have an entrepreneurial mindset, a self-starter who thrives in an environment that values bias-for-action and execution

Why should you choose Skin + Me?

  • A daily challenge – in a thrilling, entrepreneurial start-up environment, no two days will ever be the same.
  • Make a difference – work within a revolutionary company that is focused on improving millions of lives.
  • Significant equity – potentially life-changing value if you commit to our long-term mission.
  • Serious commitment to growth – personal development is important to us and we’ll make sure we support your growth, and give you broad experience across your role.
  • Support network – the Skin + Me investors and advisors that you’ll have the opportunity to work with have built some of the world’s best consumer companies.


  • 25 Days Holiday (+ all the usual Bank Holidays) – It's important to take a break and recharge, that's why we offer a generous holiday allowance
  • Free Breakfast & Lunch – It’s important you are well fueled for the day so we've got your breakfast and lunch covered. Plus drinks and snacks are available too!
  • Hybrid working to give you flexibility – We are all remote on Wednesday and Thursday. When we are in the office on Monday, Tuesday and Friday our core hours are 10-4. If you're an early bird you can do 7-4, and if you're a night owl 10-7 is fine too. Need more flexibility around your life – just let us know.
  • Equity – We offer a competitive salary and a generous share award package that means every employee has a stake in the business. We really are all in this together
  • Health and wellbeing focus – We offer a healthcare cash plan, cycle to work schemes plus free healthy breakfast and lunch in the office. We'll be sure to always prioritise your physical and mental health.
  • £500 annual development budget for any learning, training and development opportunities. Courses, books, software – if it helps you in your role, we’ll help you get it.
  • For working parents, we’re proud to offer assistance, helping you save on nursery fees. The workplace nursery benefit allows you to save tax and National Insurance on the full cost of your nursery fees each month.
  • Culture club – Our culture club team meets every week to make sure we celebrate our big wins and milestones too, with parties, surprises and more.
  • You’ll get highly discounted Skin + Me products for you, and 10 friends + family too.
  • Generous employee referral scheme, if you know more fabulous people refer them to work with us too and you’ll get a bonus when they pass probation.
  • Dog-friendly office with two very cute resident dogs!

More about Skin + Me:

There’s a huge problem in the world of skincare: people struggle with more than just how their skin looks. They also worry about how it makes them feel and how to manage it long-term. We’re on a mission to change that.

The truth is that achieving your best skin isn’t complicated. The secret? Using a stripped back routine with the best combination of active ingredients for your skin goals. The right products and knowledge make it possible to tackle everything from fine lines and wrinkles to adult acne, rosacea and pigmentation. We’re united in the belief that everyone should have access to expert advice, treatment plans and ingredients that work – minus the big price tag and the long dermatologist waitlist.

Skin + Me is a mission-driven start-up, building a pioneering online dermatology service powered by experts. We take customers through a simple online medical consultation and our prescribers formulate custom treatments that can’t be bought on the high street. Each one is personalised to the individual’s skin goals. It arrives in their letterbox each month and evolves alongside their skin – because everyone’s skin is different and no two journeys are the same.

Skin + Me recently secured £10 million in a series B funding round, reflecting the growing interest in expert-approved skincare. We’ve raised funding from some of the best-known direct-to-consumer entrepreneurs and VCs, including Octopus Ventures. Our highly experienced founding team comes from the likes of Facebook, Charlotte Tilbury, Tails.com and Graze.com.

Our journey has just begun and we’d love for you to join us as we change the face of skincare! Think you’re up for the challenge?