Senior Research & Development Chemist – OTC Medicines & Sun Care (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Join a well-established organisation in a Senior Leadership role
  • Build a long term career in a company committed to excellence
  • Relocation and sponsorship available for experienced candidate



Based in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs and with 60 years of experience in product development and manufacturing, our client sets the standard in reliability and quality. Partnering with their clients’ businesses, they ensure security of supply through high-quality manufacturing and on-time delivery. They do not own or market any brands, so their focus is on contract manufacturing.

Operating over two sites in excess of 18 acres and an annual output of 70 million units, our client specialises in the contract manufacture of Therapeutics (Prescription, OTC, & Complementary medicines), Medical Devices and Personal Care products.



This Senior R&D Chemist role presents a great career opportunity and will play an important leadership role within the R&D group of this well known and trusted company. We are looking for professionals with more than ten years experience, however, we will consider someone with less experience if it is relevant to this business.

Areas of interest include:

  • Emulsion systems
  • Topical OTC medicines
  • Sun Care
  • Ingestible liquid OTC medicines
  • Cough and Cold
  • Health Supplements
  • Manufacturing scale up

This is a challenging and highly rewarding position offering a competitive salary package, excellent working conditions, a good life-work balance and  training and development opportunities.

Relocation and sponsorship are on offer for the right candidate.



The Senior R&D Chemist reports to the Technical Director  and has 2-3 direct reports. The role is responsible for supporting the Research and Development Technical Department and for driving innovation and IP creation.

Some of the responsibilities associated with this role include:

  • The provision of technical services to internal and external customers
  • The coordination of trouble-shooting activities for production and/or product introductions and developments
  • The provision of guidance to chemists and laboratory technologists, including training, planning, advice, and problem resolution
  • Development of new products from design concept to final manufacture, including supervision of pilot batches
  • Liaison with customers regarding new product concepts and assistance with general enquiries regarding formulations, batches and production etc.
  • Preparation of product costings
  • Implementation of new product development and product stability protocols
  • Initiation and processing of change controls
  • Preparation of new procedures as required
  • Identification and reporting on research and development opportunities



To be considered for this excellent opportunity you must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Formulation or similar
  • Ten or more years of experience working in chemical laboratories as an R& D Chemist formulating any of the relevant products outlined above such as topical or ingestible pharmaceuticals, sun care, cough and cold liquids or health supplements
  • Solid experience with emulsion systems
  • Team oriented, innovative, humanistic and able to achieve successful outcomes
  • An appreciation of the commercial aspects of R&D with a proven ability to project manage, meet goals, targets and deadlines
  • Experience in managing the effective transfer from laboratory to commercial scale
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of GLP/GMP and awareness of Intellectual Property
  • Logical approach to research and development challenges
  • Good work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and a good team player is a must!



For a confidential discussion about this exciting opportunity please contact Helen Patronis during office hours, on 03 9516 0100 or after hours on 0438 620 434. 

To apply for this role, please click the ‘Apply Now‘ button then send your current resume and a covering letter to CS Executive Group.



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