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Head of Science (23990) in London

Job description

Are you ready to lead scientific innovation in the world of wellness? Holland and Barrett (H&B) is embarking on an exciting journey of launching new products and services to enhance customer well-being. As our Head of Science, you will play a pivotal role in shaping this journey and driving our scientific initiatives forward.

The Role:

As the Head of Science, you will be at the heart of our scientific endeavors, responsible for research, innovation, and leadership. You will be a crucial link in bringing new scientific insights to our customers, ensuring that our offerings are evidence-based, effective, and of the highest quality.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

Scientific Assessment & New Propositions

  • Research and provide insights on scientific innovations and emerging scientific trends in products and services.
  • Responsible for scientific horizon scanning and cascading input into H&B
  • Provide inputs on new areas of focus and development.
  • Review and support the classification of products and services by evidence base.
  • Test and validate offerings.
  • Refine current evidence-based framework and guiding principles

Research & Thought leadership.

  • Develop a research strategy and identify potential research partners/labs.
  • Develop, implement, and lead scientific research studies and when required, work with research groups to support H&B strategy.
  • Responsible for external and internal thought leadership content
  • Participate in and attend scientific conferences.


We have bases in Nuneaton, London and Burton, and some travel may be required to all locations.  There may also be occasional travel outside of the UK.  We're a global, digitally enabled business and we expect our colleagues to be self-driven and to determine the most appropriate place to work each day to meet the requirements of the role, achieve their best performance and optimum output. 


The Person:
  • Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in nutrition or related fields.
  • Over 10 years of experience in scientific research and innovation.
  • Background in vitamins, supplements, food, or related industries.
  • Experience in scientific consulting or industry innovation labs.
  • Proven ability to deliver high-quality work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Independent, proactive, and collaborative work style.
  • Strong leadership skills, capable of leading projects and collaborating within a senior team.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Motivated to become an expert consultant in your field.

At Holland and Barrett, we are committed to promoting a culture of well-being, both for our customers and our team members. Join us in this journey of scientific excellence and innovation. Be a part of our team and help us make a difference in people's lives.

What we offer:

Our Benefits for this role include, but not limited to:

  • H&B Employee Discount - 25%
  • Bonus
  • Pension company contribution
  • 33 Days Holiday per year
  • Private Medical Care
  • Exclusive benefits, free advice and savings from a range of retailers and providers
  • Electric Car Scheme



Extra information

Type of Contract
Graduate jobs
Profession type
Full UK/EU driving license preferred
Car Preferred
Must be eligible to work in the EU
Cover Letter Required

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