Deputy R&D Director – Medical Devices (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Dynamic Senior Leadership role with a global leader in medical devices
  • Your strong people management skills and business acumen will be rewarded with an excellent remuneration package
  • Use your knowledge of chemistry to build a long term career in a company committed to innovation & excellence



Our client is a locally based manufacturer of specialised medical devices. They are a listed company and export more than 90% of their products to over 100 countries around the world. The Melbourne Headquarters houses the R&D team as well as the production / manufacturing facilities. The company’s success has been driven by creative material science, product design and innovation.

Due to consistent growth of the business and their commitment to R&D, a need for a Deputy Director of R&D has arisen.



For this newly created role, we are seeking a candidate with a strong appreciation for the commercial aspects of R&D and excellent people / project management experience. Reporting to the R&D Director, the role will require you to meet R&D targets, ensure budgets are set and adhered to, and assist in resolving issues associated with NPD.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in implementing and overseeing production trials (bench top, pilot, small scale production) prior to commencement of full scale production as well as liaise with, and report findings, to upper management and board members.

Additionally, you will ensure the priorities within R&D are adhered to, review/develop and introduce new systems, establish and strengthen collaborations with relevant research groups/Universities worldwide, attend/present material at industry related conferences and liaise with marketing and senior managers.



Some of the responsibilities associated with this role include:

  • Work with R&D Director and other Department Managers to continuously improve and grow the Company’s product portfolio
  • Lead and motivate a team of twelve R&D laboratory staff helping them to perform their roles effectively
  • Ensure all new business opportunities are pro-actively integrated and within the agreed timeframes
  • Actively communicate the Company’s Business Plan/Objectives through day-to-day activities with staff and longer term planning with management
  • Participates in the establishment and setting of annual operational budgets
  • Ensure compliance with OH&S and quality systems such as ISO 13485
  • Participate and assist in Quality System audits
  • Review, develop and introduce systems, practices and any cultural changes needed to ensure the R&D Section meets business demands within agreed timeframes and expected standards
  • Monitor workflows within the team to ensure appropriate allocation of work and resources
  • Provide leadership and pro-active management and direction
  • Facilitate an environment of reward and recognition for staff achievement



To be considered for this position you must meet the following criteria:

  • A PhD in Organic Chemistry, Polymer / Materials Chemistry or similar
  • An MBA or other relevant business qualification would be highly regarded
  • Experience managing/leading a large team of scientists in a Research and Development setting
  • Proven track record of project management, meeting targets, adhering to budgets, organising of facilities and resources
  • Ability to liaise with and report to upper management and external stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal and people management skills
  • Have enjoyed a long career in a commercial laboratory/research setting
  • Prior experience as a formulation scientist working in materials science, chemistry, medical devices or polymer chemistry would be highly regarded but not essential
  • Experience working under ISO 13485 would be advantageous
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to ensure priorities are adhered to
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent work ethic, interpersonal skills and a team player are a must!



To apply for this role, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below and send your updated resume with a covering letter to ChemSkill. For aconfidential discussion about this role, please call Helen or Natalie on 03 9516 0100.



We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications we receive daily, we cannot contact all candidates. Please note, however, if you are not successful on this occasion, your resume will remain on our database and you will be contacted for other roles.

Please Note: Unfortunately only short-listed candidates can be contacted due to high volume of applications.