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Company bulletin – February

Impressively, and for many surprisingly, unemployment dropped from 5.3% to 4.9% in the December 2020 quarter – a level considered reasonably normal, even outside of a pandemic. Key drivers were the construction industry who employed an extra +13,200 staff in the quarter alone, while Manufacturing also contributed strongly. With Canada currently at 8.8%, the US 6.7%, Australia at 6.6% – and considering the NZ average unemployment rate over the last 15 years is 5.95% – we can feel good about our nation’s progress. It’s clear that the release of Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine data in November, far above expectations, underpinned by the governments fiscal support, has resulted in a stronger sentiment amongst many businesses outlook to 2021. If your team have an opening coming up or can see incremental skills or resources are required to unlock your teams potential this year, reach out – we’d love to talk.

After brilliant feedback regarding our last workshop, our candidate manager Oliver Saltmarsh will be running another free online CV workshop on Thursday 25th February at 4:30pm. He will cover everything from the basics, to optimising your CV for a specific job, including what to include in your CV, how you should format it, how to sell your skills, common mistakes we see. He’ll also be taking Q&A at the end of the session – which was highly popular last time. To register, please reach out to Oliver by 5pm on Monday 22nd February on oliver@scitex.co.nz and he’ll share more details including a link to the meeting. Everyone is welcome, feel free to pass this on to any friends or family as you see fit.

Below is a sample of some of the many candidates we have engaged recently who we believe can offer great potential to our clients. We wish you all the best as you enjoy summer and progress through 2021.

Kind regards,

Gareth Robertson
Managing Director


Available Talent


Quality, Lab and R&D

PB210 Chemical & Process Engineer with experience in Quality & Validation (IQ/OQ/PQ) across medical device, biotech & pharma sectors. Process engineering, project management, cGMP, USFDA, ISO 13485, Continuous Improvement. Auckland. $80k

PB213 Senior Technical Quality Professional with solid track record in Quality Management, Lab Operations, Manufacturing Oversight, Process/ Equipment & Cleaning Validation, Auditing (Internal and External), Lean Manufacturing across Pharma, Dairy, FMCG, Food & Beverage, Packaging. Auckland.130k+.

PB224 Quality Management expert with background in medical device, engineering, chemical and food manufacturing. Strong experience in ISO-9000, ISO 18001, FSSC 22000, ISO17025, ISO13485, ACVM, TGA, FDA, MedSafe & MPI, FSANZ, TQM, GMP, HSNO, BP, EP & USP (pharmacopoeia) and food safety standards. Expertise in developing and implementing quality management systems, compliance, validations, and product registrations; business process development, project management, developing and implementing RMP, project management for CAPEX and OPEX projects. $120k+, Auckland/ Waikato.

PB225 Highly energetic and focused candidate with a robust background in Quality and Compliance Management across Dairy, Medical Device and Clinical sectors. Expertise in developing and implementing QMS and RMP, ISO 9001:2008, FSCC22000, managing Quality component of the CAPEX projects, developing ERP systems. Very competent Manager with excellent leadership skills, developing and mentoring teams. Auckland, $145k+.

PB220 Very exp. & accomplished Technical Manager, robust experience in Industrial Chemistry, R & D and Manufacturing across a diverse range of products including paints, coatings, adhesives & polymers. Proven experience in complete commercial product development cycle, manufacturing, QA/QC, regulatory standards, problem solving, sales & marketing, managing customer relationships Auckland. $110k+.

BM111 Quality Leader – Food. Our candidate is relocating to Auckland and looking for a new challenge within the food industry.  Fantastic team player and excellent at motivating staff. Experience working to a range of industry standards Auckland. $75k+.

BM114 Our candidate has temped for us for several food manufacturers and all feedback has been exemplary!  She is committed to working hard and has a ‘can do attitude’ with a food science degree to back it up.  Now she is looking for fulltime work in a quality role within the food industry. Auckland. $45k.

OS119 Quality Control Technician with ~3 years’ experience in the food industry – mostly with infant formula and dairy. Working knowledge of ISO 17025, GLP, GMP, and routine testing – HPLC, GC, NIR, and more. Experience with internal audits, reviewing SOPs, HACCP. Very personable and communicates well. Looking for a quality assurance role, preferably in dairy or pharmaceuticals. Based in Auckland, available immediately. Seeking $55-60k.

OS102 Microbiology Technician and Quality Control Analyst with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Working knowledge of GMP, GLP, HAACP, GCP, & ICH regulations. Proficient in autoclave operation, media prep, plating, ELISAs, HPLC, PCR. BPharm & GDip – infection risk management. $55k, Auckland based.

OS115 Chemist with an early career focus on drug testing human and animal samples. Solid working experience with GCMS, LCMS, ELISA, liquid extraction, some method development experience. Currently looking for analyst roles, but is also very interested in the marketing, sales, client relations aspect of a lab/business. BSc – MedChem, PgDip & Masters – Forensic Science. $60k (flexible), in Auckland

OS116 Food Microbiologist with experience as a research officer focusing on QA and R&D in the animal probiotic products sector. HACCP. Previously six years’ research pharmacist experience, with HPLC method development exp. Looking for a role ideally in food manufacturing, ideally health food related. PhD – food microbiology, BPharm. $60-70k, South Island.

OS117 BSc Chemistry & Biochemistry Lab Technician with 18 months commercial lab experience – primarily water and agriculture testing. Has a good understanding of quality and quality systems, in particular ISO 17025, also strong working knowledge of GLP. Based in Tauranga, BOP flexible. $50-55k.

PB208 Highly energetic & competent Regulatory Affairs professional with experience in Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals. Knowledge & exp. in Medsafe, USFDA, European regulations. Experience in working with sales & marketing, compliance, manufacturing. Auckland, $80k.


Operations & Supply Chain

LF353 Impressive candidate with great experience across numerous sectors.  Quick learner and highly motivated person.  Seeking company with an excellent culture and opportunity to grow and develop. Auckland, $70k+.

LF354 Great candidate with extensive experience within the food sector.  Strong IT skills, Demand Planning within Dairy etc. Auckland. $75k+.

OS118 Dairy Quality professional with significant broad experience with one of New Zealand’s biggest producers of dairy products, ~13 years across a variety of roles including quality management and product grading and release at a national scale. Further experience consulting to develop industrial coatings for use in the food and beverages industry. Looking for a quality role in the food and beverage industry, preferably with team management responsibility. Based in Auckland, $85k+.

LF351 Experienced & proven Operations/Production Manager, Masters in Eng, experience in steel/metals/heat with excellent lean process improvement. Auckland, $100k.

PB223 Highly experienced Manager with a robust background in quality management and pharmaceutical production; sterile manufacturing. Expertise in setting up Quality Systems compliant to Medsafe, cGMP, FDA and ISO standards. Excellent leadership, training and mentoring skills. $145k, Location – AKL/ Waikato.

PB215 Hard-working, self-motivated candidate, experience in ‘hands on’ pharmaceutical/nutraceutical production, QC, team leadership, Chemistry Graduate. Looking for a leadership role. Location flexible 55K+.

BM112 Supply Chain Manager with a wealth of experience in highly regulated production environments.  Several years of experience in implementing strategic plans in consulting positions. $100k+, Waikato.

VP337 BSc Major Biochemistry. Quality Control & Assurance/R&D Assistant. Personable, responsible and professional candidate with a passion for analytical chemistry and scientific research is looking for further progression.  Experienced in staff management & training within a GMP sterile environment, including GLP – coordinating quality control with validation testing of products to a very high standard, adhering to strict SOP’s, documentation, reporting, product data, hazardous & bioactive chemical handling and H&S. Very keen to further develop himself in a company offering a long term career opportunity. Auckland. $60-65k.

VP336 Admin/System Operator. Masters in Computer Apps. New to NZ, good communicator, enjoys customer service and working to a high standard including within set timeframes. Well organised and professional. Central/ South Auckland. $45-50k.

VP335 Customer Service Administrator National Diploma in Business, Certificate in Commerce & Tourism. Smart, social & organized candidate with a broad range of skills, seeks an office/warehouse/sales role with customer interaction. Enjoys working in a busy team environment, a good all-rounder, adaptable. Auckland $45-50k

VP334 Warehouse Office Admin. Friendly and motivated candidate seeking a career in business admin, enjoys customer service roles with experience in computer systems including data entry, invoicing and receipting work. Sth/East Auckland $45k.

VP333 Warehouse Operator/Inwards Goods/Dispatch Forklift & Reach Driver. Mature, experienced, reliable candidate with good warehousing skills requires permanent dayshift role (early starts ok). East/South Auckland $50k


LF352 Qualified Plumber from the UK progressed to Project Management, Field Service Engineer.  Great communication skills with impressive problem solving and relationship management skills. Auckland. $80k.

PB219 Mechanical Engineer with robust experience in product design & development, design verification, validation & manufacturing. Strong knowledge & experience in medical device & drug release devices, regulatory standards, managing documentation, RCA, CAPAs. Broad exposure across Product Management & Marketing. Auckland/ Wellington $90k.

OS114 Varied experience in project management and research & development, with a focus on engineering, design, and problem-solving focus. Management experience. Enjoys building relationships and working with his clients. Seeking growth opportunities in Auckland. MEng – Mechatronics, PhD – Engineering. $100k+, Auckland.

LF346 Senior Level Production Team Leader focused on Lean Manufacturing & business improvement. Extensive building products experience. $110k, location flexible nationwide.

PB217 Intelligent & energetic Mechanical Engineer experienced in Product & Process Development for production, machinery design, commissioning, manufacturing. Exp. In Medical Device ISO13485, GMP & FDA. AutoCAD, Solidworks, managing Design Control & associated documentation. $80k, Auckland.


GR202 Outstanding Pharma career across various countries, including Sales, Brand, Strategy and Senior Management. Has a passion for small business and start-ups. Holds a BVSc. Hamilton based but flexible. Seeking $180k minimum.

GR215 Commercial Director. 20 years of successfully introducing disruptive solutions into emerging and established markets across a range of sectors, globally. Experience spans healthcare, food, CPG, materials, biotech, geothermal, clean energy and many other sectors. Auckland based. $300k+

GR216 Dynamic Senior Leader with 20-years’ experience in management, transformation, business development and advocacy within FMCG/CPG, Technology and Payments in NZ, UK, EU, and Asia Pacific. Hallmarks include a tenacious, collaborative results driven approach and a firm belief in ‘we’ not ‘me’. Auckland based, $200k min.

Sales & Marketing

LF355 Superb and proven Salesperson with some electrical wholesale sales experience, excellent sales & relationship management skills. Tauranga $75k + vehicle.

OS120 Highly successful Sales professional with over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a Territory Manager and Product Specialist. Great relationships throughout the South Island, including with clinical professionals. Seeking a senior sales role preferably in pharmaceuticals but is open to related industries. Based in Christchurch, open to travel. Seeking $100-120k.

PB222 Energetic and highly intelligent professional with expertise in Analytical Instrumentation, research and training. Experienced in managing national and international accounts, keen to expand more into business development. Excellent energy, drive and communication skills. Location flexible. $80k.

LF348 Highly impressive Technical Sales Manager extensive experience in coatings, Qualified Chemist in R&D. Great personality with impressive communication & proven sales history. Auckland based. $110k.

LF340 Exceptional and well proven Medical Salesperson with experience in Micro/Pathology Lab Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals. Strong Project Management experience. Managing Tenders, Sales Presentations and Product Demonstrations etc. Auckland $85k+.

LF342 Top performer & highly credible Medical Salesperson.  Experience in medical/point of care products, clinical diagnostics, lab automation, instrumentation. Well established networks in the Healthcare sector, DHBs & Clinical Practices. Chch. $115k

LF343 Great offering, BSc in Food Science, background in Microbiology, Food Safety QA/QC. Experienced in dairy industry, providing technical support to national & international clients, marketing, regulatory, planning & forecasting. Hard working & energetic candidate with great communication skills, highly motivated to build a sales career. Auckland/Waikato. $75k+.

LF344 Bachelor of Technology (Food) Hons. Extensive experience as Food Technologist covering NPD, Project Management, Food Safety in F&B Sector & Nutrition. Great communicator with sales nous, relationship builder, seeking a sales opportunity. Auckland $75k.

LF350 Master of Engineering – Chemical & Process, seeking a technical advisory role with an opportunity of customer interface. Bay Of Plenty based. $60k.

Primary industry

PB206 Senior Agronomist with proven experience in supplier relationship management, providing consultation to growers/farmers for enhancing farm productivity, managing contracts with growers, strong understanding of GAP regulations and other food standards. Experience across a range of crops and horticulture produce. Auckland, $100k.

PB201 Senior Dairy Farm Consultant experienced in driving business performance. Expertise in helping clients achieve optimal farm performance through financial analysis, improved management techniques, stock & feed selection, training and mentoring. Well established client base throughout South Island. South Island locations preferred, $100k.


Our team:

Pavan Benepal (Veterinary, Agriculture, Engineering, Laboratory, Chemical Manufacturing) – pavan@scitex.co.nz

Agustina Esmerado (Accounts & Insights Manager) agustina@scitex.co.nz

Linda Ford (Management, Sales & Marketing; Medical & Healthcare, Engineering, Operations) – linda@scitex.co.nz

Austin Lacey (Operations Manager) – austin@scitex.co.nz

Belinda McKenzie (Food, Manufacturing, Quality, Laboratory) – belinda@scitex.co.nz

Viv Philipsen (Temping Coordinator) – viv@scitex.co.nz

Oliver Saltmarsh (Candidate Manager) – oliver@scitex.co.nz

Gareth Robertson (Executive, Commercial) –  gareth@scitex.co.nz

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