Product Development Associate
Australia, New South Wales, Victoria
Full Time
  • Well- Established Australian Company
  • Full-time 12-month Contract with a Potential Pathway to Permanency
  • Supportive and Dynamic Work Environment



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 both Sydney and Melbourne.



This is an exciting opportunity to join our client’s Research and Development Team, in their Sydney or Melbourne office. This is a full-time 12-month contract with a potential pathway to permanency.

Reporting directly to the Pre-Production Manager, the successful candidate will ensure that new products transition from design to first production smoothly. This will be achieved by coordinating activity between the Company, global suppliers and local manufacturers. You will liaise with the internal Research and Development Team and external stakeholders to coordinate logistics, material costings and quality of products. This role plays a key role in ensuring new products transition from design to first production smoothly.

This will suit a dedicated individual with procurement, product development or project management experience and have an analytical mindset with a passion for Health, Beauty and Personal Care products.

Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Effectively manage critical path for each project, ensuring schedules, samples and first production are met
  • Manage sourcing and supply of required raw materials and packaging with local and overseas suppliers
  • Analyse raw material costing and conduct negotiations with suppliers to achieve favourable pricing and terms & conditions under the guidance of Pre-Production Manager
  • Coordinate and ascertain approvals on samples and mass production samples
  • Coordinate packaging cost/ time-line and packaging sample management
  • Assist in creating and sourcing technical documents for new products
  • Manage documentation – ensure all negotiated agreements are documented and signed
  • Perform general administration support as required
  • Negotiate better pricing and  terms & conditions during supplier reviews
  • Uphold highest standards of  product quality  by monitoring supplier’s performance and logistics performance.
  • Coordinate issue resolutions with suppliers



To be successful in your application you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Relevant qualifications related to Business, Procurement, Logistics, Project Management or similar
  • Proven working experience in a similar role in manufacturing environment FMCG, Cosmetics or Retail Industry
  • 2-3 years’ relevant procurement, product development or project management experience
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills
  • Proven professional approach in business dealings
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team
  • Highly organised with a strong analytical mindset
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to develop and complete projects
  • Proven ability to prioritize in order to meet deadlines and provide high quality results to management
  • Interest in the Health, Wellness & Beauty sector



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 confidential discussion about this role, please call  Daniele on 0434 746 361 or our team 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.