Laboratory Manager (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Dynamic Senior Leadership role with a global leader in their field
  • Use your strong people management and business background along with your knowledge of chemistry and be rewarded with an excellent remuneration package
  • Build a long term career within a friendly and supportive work environment



Our client is a manufacturer of specialised polymer products. Their Melbourne based laboratories feed into the production / manufacturing facilities which export globally. Due to consistent growth of the business, a need for a Laboratory Manager has arisen.



For this newly created role, we are seeking a candidate with a strong background in paints, adhesives or resins as well as excellent people and project management skills.

The role will require you to meet budgets, assist in resolving various technical issues in production and the laboratory, as well as liaising and reporting to upper management. Additionally, you will ensure the laboratory’s priorities are adhered to, review/develop/introduce new systems and manage staff performance.



The responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Work with other Department Managers to meet the company’s growing demands
  • Lead and motivate a team of 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 Strategic Plan/Business Plan objectives of the Company through day-to-day activities with staff and longer term planning with management
  • Participate in the establishment and setting of annual operational budgets
  • Ensure compliance with OH&S and quality systems such as ISO 9001
  • Participate and assist in Quality System audits
  • Review, develop and introduce systems, practices and any necessary cultural changes to ensure the laboratory meets business demands within agreed timeframes and expected standards
  • Monitor workflow 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 chemists
  • 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.
  • Must have a strong business acumen
  • Excellent interpersonal and people management skills
  • Have enjoyed a long career in a commercial laboratory/research setting
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to ensure priorities are adhered to
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have an excellent work ethic with great interpersonal skills and the ability to work autonomously as well 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 ChemSkill. For a confidential discussion about this role, please call Natalie or Helen 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 candidates we can only contact those with suitable qualifications and experience. Please note, however, that your resume will remain on our database and be considered for additional suitable roles.

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