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Correlation Ventures

Local Brands R&D Lead



Multiple locations
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Local Brands R&D Lead

  • Location: Ideally Brisbane, but open to Sydney or Melbourne Offices
  • Hybrid
  • Permanent, Full-time

About Us:

At Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, we have one shared mission – we work passionately, every day, to ‘serve healthier, fuller lives’ now and for the generations to come. In order to do so, we strive to act as a force for good by integrating sustainability along our business and employees’ mission and operate responsibly from both a social and environmental point of view.

As one of Australia’s largest vitamin makers and distributors, we are proud that our team is at the forefront of high quality in-house manufacturing and innovative new product development.

Everything we do is centered around people’s interests – our consumers, our customers, healthcare professionals, and our employees – across the world.

We are building loved brands that serve 1bn consumers worldwide, through our key platforms: Allergy, Physical & Mental Wellness, Pain, Digestive Wellness and Cough, Cold & Flu and with a large portfolio of vitamin, mineral, supplement, over the counter and personal care brands including Telfast, Mersynofen, Betadine, Bisolvon, Dulcolax, Nature’s Own, Cenovis, Ostelin and many more.

We aspire to become the best Fast Moving Consumer Health (FMCH) company In & For the world and we aim to build a work environment where people can thrive, grow, enjoy and be at their best.

Job Purpose:

This is newly created, senior role that is critical to driving the growth of ANZ markets through Science Innovation for the local vitamin and supplement brands- Cenovis, Ostelin and Nature’s Own.

This is an R&D role that requires a technical background, with the leadership skills to really take ownership of the end-to-end projects and a proactive approach to problem-solving, given it is to bridge consumer needs with science solution.

The Team:

As the Local Brands R&D Lead you will be partnering with Brand & Innovation Leads, Marketing, Regulatory, Medical, Manufacturing & Development centers to ensure all the dots are connected to deliver the innovation projects in the most effective, efficient and creative way.

The Role:

Responsible for the end-to-end of ideation to launch of innovation initiatives, you will act as the R&D representative of the ANZ Science team and help support the strategic direction of the brand & innovation team, by allocating local resources to the prioritized innovation opportunities.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver R&D pipeline for local brands Cenovis, Natures Own and Ostelin, to meet agreed innovation sales targets in line with brand strategy plan

  • Prioritise the brands short, medium & long-term R&D projects that supports claims, NPD, clinical trials and packaging innovation, all with a focus on sustainability

  • Using your project management skills to partner with internal and external stakeholders to ensure execution is on time and in budget

  • Ensure delivery of selected innovation projects, partnering with Brand and Innovation team to strengthen outputs using consumer-based insights

  • Design and deliver pipeline for local brands based on differentiated science

  • Strong partnership with science team in ANZ to ensure regulatory and medical strategies and directions are fully aligned and validated accordingly

  • Build relationship with Australian Development Center to ensure the early engagement and contribution of the DC team to the product design, prototyping, and development for launch

  • Strong cross-functional team work and communication to ensure that innovation pipeline is delivered

  • Ensure that all base business protection projects for local brands are identified and prioritized based on risk

  • Ensure that a strong external technology network is being used to deliver & accelerate differentiated tech opportunities

  • Influence and advise key stakeholders & the leadership team on industry trends and new opportunities for local brands.

  • Identifying and leverage external partnerships, suppliers, providers, key opinion leaders, etc. to influence innovation for the ANZ local brands

Key Working Relationships:

  • Science Head for AMEA/China Regions; ANZ Brand and Innovation Heads/Leads; New Product Development (NPD) centers; Portfolio & PM, M&S including EM; Packaging Innovation, Science Hub ANZ, Medical, Regulatory, Quality, legal/IP

About you:


  • Degree in Science or Higher degree (Ph.D.)

  • Pharmacy or Nutrition qualifications highly regarded

Required skills or experience:

  • Technical R&D or science innovation experience (at least 10 years) in pharmaceutical, FMCG (food or beverages) or consumer healthcare is required

  • Experience in complimentary medicine, health food/ beverage innovation, and new product development (at least 5 years) specific to the Australian market is a significant plus

  • Familiar with the scope of innovations: BD opportunities, NPD, claims with significant impact that need clinicals, novel ingredients & formulation technologies, and sustainable solutions

  • Experienced in risk discussions and risk mitigation plans

  • Able to provide examples of end-to-end project management from ideation to launch of the innovation pipeline

  • Highly familiar with the scope of innovations: BD opportunities, NPD, claims with significant impact that need clinicals, novel ingredients & formulation technologies, and sustainable solutions

Personal Attributes:

  • Strong science leader who can translate consumer insights and needs into science solutions and a sustainable brand led pipeline

  • Leadership: Ability to partner and influence across a matrix environment and senior stakeholders, with excellent level of communication skills and confidence is key!

  • Proactive and Hands-on approach, positive attitude and team-player

Work rights: Please note to apply for this role you must already have the right to lawfully work and live in Australia.

Interested? Apply today!

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