R&D Manager – Cosmetics (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time


  • Leading Australian Owned Organisation with research, manufacturing and operational facilities
  • Lead innovative research into new products and industry trends
  • Relocation assistance & sponsorship available for the right candidate
  • Excellent remuneration and benefits



Our client is a leading and well known Australian Company that has been involved in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of high quality cosmetics for almost a century. With state of the art facilities and a dedicated senior team, the Company supplies product to all major retailers across Australia .



Due to internal movement and the ever increasing demand for their products, our client is seeking to employ a Senior Manager to run their R&D function. This senior position reports directly to the Managing Director and is integral in ensuring the Company’s innovative research into new products and industry trends.

This role will be based at the Company’s Head Office in Melbourne, Australia, however, we are open to considering candidates with the right experience Australia wide and overseas.

The successful candidate will have strong R&D experience in personal care cosmetics. Areas of interest include skin and hair care, decorative cosmetics and sunscreen formulation.

You must have leadership qualities, be customer focused, a decision maker and able to complete tasks and projects on time. To be short-listed, you will have worked in similar roles for a number of years and will have an excellent understanding of the personal care business and be aware of the regulations applicable in such an Industry.



New product development, as well as continued improvement of existing products
Innovative research into new products and industry trends
Managing the development of methods and procedures for new product formulations
Manage a team of four development staff
Working closely with internal departments to ensure a flawless transition of projects from development stage to manufacturing
Reverse engineering of existing market products
Manage the creation of product specifications and BOMs for new products
Manage the preparation of ingredient lists, finished good MSDS and other regulatory documents for customers
Monitor pilot and first production batches
Perform root cause analysis and troubleshoot production batches, when required
Manage the coordination and use of external laboratories for clinical and other product testing
Work closely with Quality Assurance on GMP related projects



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

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Science specialising in a relevant scientific discipline
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a similar role developing and formulating personal care products.
  • Several years experience leading and managing an R&D team
  • Ability to manage projects and lead cross functional teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a team member or the Senior Management Team or individually under general direction.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English with a proven ability to meet goals, targets and deadlines.
  • A good work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and a good team player is 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 a confidential discussion about this role, please call Helen on +61 3 9516 0100 during office hours and +61 3 438 620 434 after hours.



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.

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