Toxicologist Support

LUSH Cosmetics - Poole

Job details Salary £23,000 - £27,000 a year Job type Permanent Full Job Description

Diversity matters

We are building a brand that represents the people of the world. It’s what you do that counts, and we are always looking to expand perspectives and voices to shape our future.

We see you, we celebrate you, we want you!

Who we are

You might know us as the inventors of the bath bomb, but there’s more to this great-smelling, partly employee-owned, family-run company than pioneering cosmetics. We believe our business should put more back into the world than it takes and demonstrate that capitalism can be a force for good. We put our people first and fight cruel practices like animal testing, promote regeneration, and show that it is what’s inside that counts - whether that’s an ingredient in a product, or the minerals in a smartphone.

The team

We continually strive to create, innovate, improve and test cosmetic products that are environmentally friendly, free from preservatives, beneficial to the consumer, and cruelty-free. We have always campaigned against animal testing and supported innovation in the field of animal-free testing through “The Lush Prize” hosted in partnership with Ethical Consumer.

9 years ago, we decided that just not testing on animals was not enough and started to commission our own human cell culture testing of raw materials and finished products. This testing program is now underway alongside our human volunteer program. We are now looking for a Support member to join the business working alongside our Toxicologist and Regulatory Affairs team. You will be in charge of creating Safety Data Sheets, calculating the natural content of the finished products, gathering impurities information from the suppliers and analysing them, and supporting human safety assessment of finished products and ingredients.


  • Input finished product information onto the system to create as well as doing the maintenance of the SDS for Australia, Germany, and the UK

  • Calculation of the natural content of finished products

  • Gathering impurities information to the suppliers and inputting them into a database

  • Analysis of the impurities information given by the suppliers, classify the ingredients, and determine if we need to conduct our own testing on a regular basis on them

  • Support human safety assessment of finished products and ingredients

  • Manage, query, review, and analyze large chemical and biological data sets

  • Bibliographic review of raw materials and fragrances

You must be passionate about In-vitro Toxicology and have the right attitude to work collaboratively with our R&D teams. We are looking for someone who shares our ethical values and takes pride in the quality of their work, whilst being able to build good working relationships.

Skills and experience:

  • Minimum of a degree in biology, chemistry, or toxicology

  • An understanding of toxicology and the assessment methods

  • Knowledge in in-vitro testing of chemicals

  • Bibliographical research

  • Experience in cosmetics would be appreciated

  • Effective written/verbal communication and organization/analytical skills

  • Computer literate

  • Confident with data management

What’s it like working for Lush

People are at the heart of our business. We want you to enjoy and challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know, so we’ve created a culture where your job description is a starting point, not an end goal. Our working style is flexible, fluid, supportive, and authentic - if you’ve got the drive to push yourself and try different things, you will have our support.

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Employee perks:

  • 50% discount on Lush products and spa treatments

  • Bonus scheme

  • Pension scheme

  • Day off for weekday birthdays

  • Holiday purchase scheme

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Discounted rail and bus season tickets

  • Employee assistance programme

  • 6 months’ full pay for parental leave (primary caregiver)

  • Financial childcare support on return to work

  • Flexible working

  • We’re 10% Employee Owned, our colleagues have the opportunity to influence positive change in the business and have their voice heard

  • Support groups, film nights, yoga, meditation sessions and much more

If all this sounds like you, please send us your CV and covering letter, detailing why you want to become a part of the cosmetic revolution.

As we pride ourselves on internal development, priority will be given to candidates who have an in-depth knowledge of Lush, coupled with the relevant experience, skills and approaches.

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