Product Development Manager

Location: New York, New York
Department: Formula Development
Hours: 40+

Founded in 1997, Maesa provides innovative, high quality exclusive beauty products, driving value and differentiation for retailers and brand owners. Maesa operates three categories of business – exclusive brands for mass and drug retailers, private label for specialty retailers and outsourcing for beauty brands. Maesa partners with over 80 global customers such as Elizabeth Arden, L’Oreal, Parlux, Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren, Sally Beauty, Target, Banana Republic, The Body Shop, Ulta, Walmart, and Zara. Launching over 3,000 proprietary products a year, Maesa delivers proprietary design, product development, speed-to-market, cost savings, and resource efficiencies. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Vienna, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Dongguan, Maesa employs over 250 team members worldwide with over 110 employees in the US.

A unique and exciting opportunity to lead the product development for two fast-growing mass cosmetics line. In this role you will be responsible for driving the product development process – working with the marketing team and brand founders to set the innovation pipeline, and then managing the development process, from concept creation, identifying the appropriate lab partners and briefing, through to formula evaluation and shade palette development. Responsible for the formula development timeline, you will also be charged with ensuring all necessary testing (safety, global regulatory, claims etc) is conducted in a timely manner.

This role is for someone who is obsessed with color cosmetics – you keep up to date with what is happening in the category, you follow all the new launches happening in both mass, prestige, and direct-to-consumer, and are the go-to for insight on trending new ingredients, what’s happening in K-beauty, and the latest innovations in textures and finishes.  You are skilled at identifying white spaces within a product assortment, and then are able to propose disruptive, on-brand ideas that will drive market share growth. Combining creativity with a commercial sensibility, this is a role for someone wanting to put their mark on two fast-growing brands and lead the category with their innovation.

This role also involves attending Retailer meetings to present product innovation, so we are looking for someone with strong communication, influencing, and presentation skills – the ability to transmit your passion for beauty to others is key!

This role reports to the Senior Vice President, Marketing.


  • Have a passion for beauty, specifically color cosmetics
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in makeup product development, with experience working closely with labs developing cosmetic formulas and shade matching
  • Thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast moving environment.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, and the ability to work with a high degree of autonomy
  • Strength at timeline management, managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to analyze retail sales and make product development recommendations based off this research
  • Socially engaged with an interest in beauty influencers and content