Formulation Development Scientist (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Hands-on formulation development role
  • Collaborate across the Asia-Pacific region
  • Assist with the scaling up to manufacturing



Our client is a well-known multinational company that provides integrated solutions to a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, biotech, consumer health and specialty chemicals markets globally. In Australia the company produces products that enhance and preserve both the long-term performance and appearance of natural and synthetic materials—whilst simultaneously protecting a material to which the product has been applied from microbiological degradation or defacement.

In our client’s recently upgraded and expanded R&D facility, located to the west of Melbourne, is based a small yet highly specialised group of multidisciplinary scientists. There the company develops a range of products used in industrial preservation applications across a wide range of industries, which includes some APVMA registered agricultural chemical products. Through its partnerships with producers of materials, manufacturers of end-use products, and users applying its formulations, materials that are treated with the company’s speciality chemicals have enhanced durability and resilience to environmental factors, fire, microbiological degradation and other hazards.



This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced formulation chemist to join our client’s growing team of development scientists. The R&D facility is based in the western suburbs of Melbourne and the position of Formulation Development Scientist directly reports to the Technical Lead who also works within the facility.

In this role, you will contribute to the growth of our client’s portfolio by focusing on formulating products intended for use in the Asia-Pacific region. This growth will be achieved by executing product development strategies to develop new products and supporting existing products through technical service.

Additionally, where applicable, you will work collaboratively with teams located elsewhere around the globe—some domestic and international travel may be required.

Key duties of the role include:

  • Hands-on formulation development and assessment of stability, robustness etc.;
  • Application and evaluation of the prototype formulations in use;
  • Preparation of reports & dossiers for submission to regulatory authorities;
  • Working with procurement to establish suppliers for raw materials;
  • Assist with scale-up & transfer of manufacture to Operations Team; and
  • Project management of assigned projects.

Success in this role will see you develop subject matter expertise and, ultimately, may progress to you taking greater responsibility in the management of R&D activities within the APAC region.



Accordingly, to be considered for this role, applicants will need to substantiate how they meet the following criteria:

  • Tertiary education in chemistry or closely related area of science is essential (e.g., polymer or material science), with suitable postgraduate qualifications (i.e., MSc or PhD) deemed desirable
  • Several years’ experience in product development within Agrochemical or Coating industries—other relevant industries will also be considered
  • Demonstrated success in the commercialisation of a speciality chemical product from initial conception to its release to market
  • A proven capability to project manage is essential
  • You must possess a practical hands-on capability with formulating speciality chemical products and, whilst maintaining a commitment to EHS requirements, also have a creative flair for solving problems
  • In addition to taking ownership of your own day-to-day workload and responsibilities for project management, you must be willing to work collaboratively and share your knowledge within a supportive team environment
  • Substantive experience in writing technical reports, which are of the quality necessary to be used as the basis for further research or included in a submission supporting a product’s registration with a regulatory body
  • Ability to undertake occasional travel—both interstate and international within APAC region
  • You must hold a full driving licence



To have a confidential discussion about this role please call Dan or Jo on the following numbers:

Head Office: 03 9516 0100 (9 am to 5.30 pm, Mon.–Fri.)

After Hours: 0415 573 220 (Dan) / 0411 197 171 (Jo)

Alternatively, if you would like to enquire electronically, please email [email protected]

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To apply, click the “Apply for this job” button to submit your resume and also a brief covering letter addressing the above selection criteria.

Subsequently, as part of CS Executive Group’s pre-screening process for its clients, candidates who are considered suitable for shortlisting may then be sent formal selection criteria to respond to in more detail.



CS Executive Group would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of correspondence our recruitment team receives on a daily basis, we genuinely cannot respond to each application—only those applicants being considered for shortlisting as candidates are contacted.

However, if on this occasion you’re unsuccessful, please note your details will be added to our Talent Pool database. All this means is that in future you might be contacted by one of our team of recruiters for other suitable roles.