Research and Development Manager (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Large and growing local manufacturing operation committed to NPD
  • Permanent opportunity with competitive benefits and career progression
  • Manage a team of great scientists and lead product development



Our client is a well established Consumer Goods company operating in a variety of markets including personal care, skincare, and home care sectors. With a commitment to manufacturing in Australia, they are focused on growth through innovation and competitive marketing strategies.  Currently undergoing increased manufacturing volume within their home care range.



This newly created R&D Manager role with our client, is based in Melbourne within their Research & Development Team and will be focused on the domestic and international skincare range. Reporting to the Group R&D Lead, the primary responsibility of this role will be to supervise, coordinate and manage the R&D team to successfully complete new product development projects.

The main responsibilities include:

  • Manage the performance of the R&D team, coach, mentor and develop their skills
  • Drive the development of innovative and technically advanced products on time and in line with business requirements
  • Assess the existing formulations and review current NPD projects to ensure cost-effective & efficient formulas are approved
  • Coordinate documenting of formulations, cost, manufacturing parameters, product information, specifications, and testing requirements in accordance with business needs
  • While working with internal and external stakeholders, research new ideas and raw materials with your team
  • Supervise and initiate laboratory trials of new formulations, scale-ups, and first production runs
  • Ensure training matrix is updated and all member of the team are trained in relevant processes and test methods
  • Assist with client meetings on new product development
  • Ensure all projects are managed and record-keeping is at its best
  • Complete and review all relevant technical reports
  • Maintain laboratory health and safety standards.



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

  • Bachelor degree in Formulation Science, Formulation Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Material Science or similar
  • Extensive experience in product formulation in Cosmetics, Skincare or Therapeutic products in the industry
  • Experience in a relevant leadership role, min. 3 years’, in Cosmetics, Skincare or Therapeutic products
  • A strong understanding of the product development process from concept through to scale up
  • Proven experience with emulsions, surfactants, rheology modifiers, preservatives, and relevant additives
  • Must be resourceful and have initiative
  • Highly organized with the ability to project-manage in a dynamic environment where priorities change
  • Confident and Resilient – a demonstrated record of success
  • Computer Skills and previous experience of using an ERP system would be an advantage



To apply, please click the “Apply Now” button to send your resume and a cover letter to CS Executive Group.

For a discussion about this role, please call our team on the following numbers:

Daniele on 0434 746 361 or Jo on 0411 197 171 to arrange a call back.

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