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Company bulletin – May

These are extraordinary times globally. COVID-19 has brought pain & uncertainty to many around the world and in New Zealand. How many of us would have predicted a nationwide lockdown and the rapid increase in unemployment, back in the new year? Our thoughts go out to those who are suffering, especially those who have lost loved ones. We would like to thank all essential workers for their outstanding contributions in keeping NZ moving during lock down, in challenging circumstances. We are incredibly proud of New Zealand.

You may have noticed a change in our branding recently. As planned for some time, we have refreshed our brand and launched a new digital platform. We are passionate about the foundation it will provide us to share insightful content and connect with more New Zealanders to create positive change. Take a look at our new website www.scitex.co.nz or learn more about the update with some FAQs. We are still contactable on the same emails and phone numbers; this change won’t impact our partners. We welcome your feedback, suggestions or questions – please feel free to email me on gareth@scitex.co.nz

From an economic perspective, when challenges and change come, so do new opportunities. While our ability to source talent internationally has been temporarily hampered, we are meeting particularly strong local candidates coming onto the job market through no fault of their own. They offer tremendous skill sets and open minds. Clearly the timing may not be right for many businesses; many are rethinking their organisations future and are in a holding pattern from a recruitment perspective due to revenue declines – this is understandable. However, at this time there may be an opportunity to add some outstanding long-term skill sets from leading employers to your business.

We recognise that this will be a challenging period for many businesses and their people. We are here to provide you with any market intelligence relating to talent, salary bench marking, or market/sector observations required to help you get further perspective on what is going on, as change has accelerated quickly. If you have a request, reach out. We will do our very best to help wherever we can.

As always, below are some of the candidates we have engaged with recently who offer great skill sets, for your perusal. We have not included a ‘Temp & Contractor’ section, as in this climate many candidates normally only open to Permanent roles are now also open to shorter term or Temporary assignments which could lead to permanent roles.

We wish you a safe passage over the coming months as we navigate these times together. Take care.

He waka eke noa.

We are all in this together.

Kind regards,

Gareth Robertson, Managing Director



Available Talent


Quality & Laboratory

BM101 Food Science graduate currently working in production.  Excellent practical understanding of GMP production and online quality testing.  Looking for an opportunity to move into a Lab Technician role to utilise his science training. $45k, Auckland.

BM102 Motivated Food Technologist with experience leading team of 12 QC and R&D staff.  Strong background in quality systems, factory trials to reduce cost and new product development.  Looking to find her next challenge in the food industry to build on her manufacturing experience. $80k, Auckland.

BM105 Post Grad Food Science. Previous experience in FMCG and export fruit industry.  HACCP, RMP and laboratory method development HPLC, GCMS fantastic documentation experience.  Seeks QC/QA role available immediately. $55k Neg.

PB203 Validation Specialist having over 20 years’ work experience in NZ Pharmaceutical & Biotech Manufacturing with 12+ years as a Validation Lead. Experienced in creating, implementing & managing Validation plan, IQ/OQ/PQ, regulatory, quality assurance, change control, documentation, analytical method development/analysis, stability studies, GXP (GMP, GAMP, GLP), ACVM, EMA & FDA regulations. Exp’d. in Validation of site, cleaning, equipment, method transfer, etc. Well-developed Leadership skills, experience managing technical staff. Auckland, $90k

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.

OS103 GC-MS Specialist, chemical ecologist, and biosecurity research associate. Applied research in market access and biosecurity. Extensive working experience of GC and GC-MS, lab management, staff training, head space samples, chemical inventory management. Looking for medium-term contract work. $55k+, Auckland based.

OS104 PhD, & MSc – Microbiology. Environmental Microbiologist with a strong academic and research background in environmental biotechnology, specialising in wastewater engineering. PC1 & PC2 laboratory. Good knowledge of QA/QC standards, SOP preparation, IC, HPLC, GC-MS, spectroscopy. Strong work ethic, diligent, intelligent. Seeking a chance to join industry. $50k

OS106 Quality and Microbiology Specialist, 10 years’ experience. Analyst and KTP; staff training, technical support, assisting laboratory management (2IC), internal auditing, consumables sterility testing, analysing food and water samples. Passionate about quality and safety practice; ISO 17025, GMP, also ILCP. Review of SOPs and methods. Bachelor Resource Management, PgDip – applied science. $60k+

OS107 Wine and Food Microbiologist. Good industry background – sample collection and analysis of wine: raw materials & finished products; also dairy: various products and ingredients. Autoclave operation, sterility testing, spectrophotometer, media prep, QC inspections, etc. Great working experience of GMP, HAACP, CQA. BBioTech, & MSc – microbiology. $60k

Operations & Supply Chain

GR102 Brilliant Operations & Supply Chain Manager with over 20y’s in Food, Electrical, Medical & FMCG. Great leadership & mentoring skills. Experienced in National & International Procurement, Logistics & Supply Chain, Project Management of multi-million $ CAPEX projects, Facility Construction. Practical knowledge of GMP, BRC & Food Safety Standards. Approved MPI Transitional Facility Officer. Salary $100K+, location Flexible. 

OS105 Warehousing, production, and customer service experience. Very hard working, and adaptable. Inwards good processing, dispatching, counter sales, customer service, driving experience. $48k+

BM103 Senior Food Technologist with proven track record in product and process development, from inception to launch.  Excellent knowledge of GMP and ANZ Food Standards Code with a strong focus on Quality Systems.  Proactive mentor for junior food technologists. $100k.

BM104 Seasoned Operations Executive with over 20 years’ experience in NZ food industry, leading manufacturing facilities for some of New Zealand’s most iconic FMCG brands.   Strong focus on leadership, health and safety, reducing costs, financial management and quality systems. $140k+

LF329 Experienced Warehouse person worked with dangerous goods & paint, Forklift Licence with F Endorsement, MPI Certified. $45k, Auckland based. $45k

VP214 Production/Machine Operator with GMP & Food exp in manufacturing working with raw materials to finished product. Seeks new challenge, 40 hr week in team enviro, pref West Auck but will travel for right role. $45-50K

VP215 Forklift Driver/Store person. Motivated, outgoing young female seeks day shift Pick/Packer general warehouse machinery operator role in East Auckland. 4yrs forklift exp, MPI accreditation 2019 cert, good computer skills. $45K

VP216 Warehouse Operator. Multi-skilled, physically fit male available for forklft driving, inwards goods, exc data entry & documentation exp, DG licence, pick/packing, labelling, maintaining machinery etc. East Auck $45-$50K

PB200 Technical Plant Manager with strong experience in Industrial Chemistry R & D – formulations including polymers, coatings & speciality chemicals. Manufacturing, quality, technical support to staff and customers. Great communication skills. $100k+, flexible location.


LF327 Pump Technician with extensive experience in wastewater, water treatment systems, resources for water & environment technology. Hardworking & skilled person, great communicator.  Masters in Mech Eng. $75k, Auckland based.

LF328 Fitter & Turner with extensive hands-on Food & Beverage exp, also worked as a Pump Technician. $70k, Auckland based.

LF330 Proven Senior Sales Manager in Pump Industry & Sales Engineer in Transmission/Flow Control.  Technology & Electrical Engineering Qualifications, proven top seller. $90k Auckland.

LF331 Highly motivated, professional & exp Mechanical Engineer with a Masters in Engineering, Intl Automotive Eng from Melbourne.  IPENZ. Skilled in Project Management, New Project Development, Process & Industrialisation Engineer.  Superb communicator, strategic & results focused. $75k, Auckland

VP217 PCB Engineer Ready now for full time perm work in product assembly, testing, electronic component work, fault checking, ability to follow drawings & instructions, enjoys designing, good background exp. East/Sth Auck $50K

PB202 Senior level Project Manager with proven experience in managing challenging and high value Civil Projects across Building, Infrastructure, 3 Waters, Transportation, Railway and Bridge Projects. Great leadership skills with proven experience in managing large, geographically dispersed teams. Excellent relationship building skills, client management, procurement of new work, managing tenders, documentation, etc. Location flexible. $170k+


GR101 Business leader with a proven track record in several highly successful small to medium sized businesses across pharmaceutical manufacturing, healthcare, IT and hospitality. Outstanding skillset, ready for a new Sales Director of General Management challenge in the Waikato area. $140k+

LF325 Exceptional & high calibre Senior Divisional Manager with extensive & proven b/ground in Aeronautics.  Trained as Mechanical Eng following through to Design & Fleet, P&L & Strategic/Planning Management.   Superb communicator & leads by example. $190k

LF326 Logistics, Transport &  Engineering, LEAN manufacturing exp, Quality Systems, Planning, P&L, Coaching & Mentoring. $120k, Auckland based

Sales & Marketing

GR201 Account Management star with BSc, proven & very stable track record working across Laboratory, Food and Dairy sectors. Super data mining, planning, relationship building, strategy and problem-solving abilities. Auckland based, $80k+

LF332 Highly impressive candidate with extensive intl sales & marketing exp in pharmaceutical sales with proven & fantastic new business development outcomes supporting a strategic & highly driven focus. $65k.

PB204 Highly experienced technical sales & account management with over 23 years’ experience in the broader Dairy Sector. Confident communicator with track record of building relationships with senior and technical clients, supporting with on the ground mechanical installation of dairy equipment for national & installation customers. Planning and controlling financial budgets, staff training and mentoring, complex account administration. One of the very few expert cheese equipment technical experts in New Zealand. Flexible location, $120k

PB199 Highly experienced and proven Cheese Technologist and Operations Professional. More than 15 years’ experience in Cheese New Product Development, Manufacturing, Training, Process Improvement. Strong experience in Customer Relationship Management, developing Marketing & Innovation Strategies, Client Engagement, Problem Solving, extensive networks within NZ Dairy Industry. $120k, location flexible

PB194 Dynamic Sales & Marketing professional with very strong experience in business development across scientific capital equipment sales in a wide range of industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, academic & commercial sectors. Strong understanding of analytical chemistry Experience in driving product development, business plans, forecasting & budgeting, tendering & quotations, etc. Excellent communication skills and client relationship management working in global and small/medium sized businesses. $110k+

Primary industry

PB201 Senior 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.

PB192 Master of Management in Agribusiness with expertise in Precision Agriculture Technologies including software and hardware. Exceptionally bright, intelligent, energetic and self-motivated person with great communication skills. Experienced in managing a diverse mix of agriculture, horticulture and environmental projects. Focus on Business Development and client relationship management. $100k



 Our team:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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