Formulation and Development Chemist
Australia, New South Wales
  • Utilise your Formulation & Project Management Skills to Launch Products
  • Opportunity for an experienced Formulation Scientist to Join a Vibrant Team
  • Initial Fixed Term Tenure Role to be Reviewed for Permanency



Our client is an established Consumer Goods company operating in a variety of markets including the growing health, wellness, personal care, and other household items sectors. With a heritage of operating in Australia for well over a century, the company has operations in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, whilst locally operates out of offices in both Sydney and Melbourne.



Our client is flexible, so the option for this role’s location is between Sydney and Melbourne. The initial fixed term contract for this role is for 10 months, with an ideal start date in April. The end of the financial year 2021 will allow our client to review the ongoing project work in product development and there will be a possibility for this role to become a permanent ongoing full-time role.

Reporting to the Regional Innovation Manager, the primary responsibilities of this role include new formulation and product development, formulation improvements, generation of production procedures, scale-up and process validation.

The main responsibilities include:

  • Formulating new and improving existing products in line with Product Development Briefs and customer requirements predominantly in the Personal Care space
  • Researching alternative active ingredients for new products through experiments and literature review
  • Developing relevant testing protocols to ensure products are fit for purpose
  • Developing Product Documentation in line with regulatory and business requirements as well as developing product dossiers
  • Facilitating scale up from laboratory to trial/pilot and full-scale batches and undertaking manufacturing validations including the provision of troubleshooting for manufacturing when required
  • Manage external stakeholders such as contract manufacturers and raw material suppliers
  • Participating in Research and Development led presentations and initiatives
  • Assisting in laboratory maintenance and upkeep
  • Assisting in training junior laboratory staff
  • Maintaining laboratory health and safety standards



To be successful in your application, you will ideally meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor degree in Formulation Science, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science or similar
  • 4-5 years’ relevant product development experience – cosmetics and personal care industry 
  • Formulation experience with product ranges such as creams, lotions, sunscreens, gels
  • Internal and external stakeholder management  including contract manufacturers and raw material suppliers
  • Ability to source new ingredients in line with new technologies and to assess the suitability of new suppliers
  • A proven understanding of the product development process from concept through to scale up
  • Experience with formulation costing and timeline requirements
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-motivated and the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision independently and within a team
  • Highly organized with strong analytical and negotiation capabilities
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively in presentations and in when writing reports
  • Ability to develop and complete projects and assigned tasks without continued direct supervision
  • Proven ability to prioritize in order to meet deadlines and provide high-quality results to management
  • Must be a lateral and innovative thinker with a strong practical ability
  • You will possess excellent time management skills, attention to detail, and a strong ability to multi-task
  • Key to this role will be your flexible “can do” attitude, excellent work ethic, and initiative whilst working autonomously or as part of a team.



To apply for this role, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below and send your updated resume with a covering letter to CS Executive Group. For a discussion about this role, please call Jo on 0411 197 171 or Helen on 0438 620 434. Alternatively, send an email to our recruitment team:[email protected]



We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of candidates we receive on a daily basis, we can only contact those with suitable qualifications and experience.  If on this occasion you are not successful, your resume will remain on our database and be considered for future suitable roles.