Senior Product Development Chemist – Global Biotech & Chemical Company (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Great Career Progression Opportunities Within the APAC Region
  • Global Player with Local Production and R&D Facilities
  • Friendly Work Environment Offering Innovation & Autonomy



Our client is an integral part of the APAC Division of a global biotechnology and specialty chemicals company. They work in partnership with wood processors and manufacturers to preserve, protect and enhance the durability and resilience of wood products against decay, mould, termites, fire and other hazards. With close ties to the New Zealand and SE Asian operations, their small yet highly specialised R&D group, produces APVMA registered chemical products for use by the Timber Industry.



Due to internal movement, a rare and exciting opportunity has arisen in our client’s R&D Group. Based in the western suburbs of Melbourne, this role reports to the Director of Global Product & Application Development.

The key functions of this role include contributing to the growth and support of the APAC wood protection business. This will be achieved by developing new products and processes and by providing technical support to other functional areas such as sales/marketing, regulatory and operations. You will be leading and managing projects from concept to commercialisation.

Other key duties include:

  • Responsible for the management and completion of Wood Protection application development projects according to agreed objectives
  • Planning and rigorous completion of scientific work to agreed standards
  • Experimental design and execution, interpretation of scientific results, and the reporting and maintenance of appropriate documentation
  • Where appropriate, management of local budgets relating to R&D expenditure and research providers
  • Management/updating of CRM database for assigned contacts, sales activities & Technical Support projects for the APAC business
  • Completion of management reports and other administrative tasks related to the APAC Research and Technology function
  • Assisting in maintaining an efficient, organised and safe work environment
  • Must be willing to take responsibility for decisions, consequences and results



To be considered for this role, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • A PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry or Materials Science would be highly desirable
  • The ideal candidate will have in-depth & thorough understanding of product development in at least one of the following areas:
    • (i) formulation chemistry and science
    • (ii) wood structure & how it relates to preservative treatment
    • (iii) microbiology & efficacy of preservative system
  • A minimum of 4-5 years experience in product development within Agrochemical or Coating industries. Other relevant industries will also be considered
  • Must be commercially aware and able to demonstrate an understanding of the need for efficiency, cost-effectiveness and customer care
  • Key to this role will be your flexible “can do” attitude, excellent work ethic and initiative whilst working autonomously or as part of a team
  • Ability to carry out scientific experiments in a rigorous, efficient & safe manner, and analyse results appropriately (including statistical analysis)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and report writing skills together with strong project management capabilities
  • You must be a lateral and innovative thinker with a strong practical ability and exceptional problem-solving skills
  • You will possess excellent time management skills, high attention to detail and a strong ability to multi-task
  • Some management experience (e.g. management of laboratory staff, preparing reports for management team) would be highly regarded
  • Ability to undertake occasional domestic and international travel within APAC
  • A full driving licence



These types of roles do not present themselves regularly, so if you are someone that loves innovation, the autonomy offered by this role and looking for career progression, we want to hear from you!



Please click the ‘Apply Now’ button to submit your application. Please ensure you attach a Resume and Cover Letter in Word Format addressing the full selection criteria. If you would like to know more about this unique opportunity please call Jelena or Helen at CS Executive Group on 03 9516 0100. After hours you can call Helen on 0438 620 434.



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 may be contacted for other similar roles.