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Company bulletin – November


This edition we begin with the top questions we are hearing in market:


When will the latest employment data come out and what do we expect?

NZ’s third quarter labour market data is released on Wednesday 2nd November. A rise in the unemployment rate is expected and will better reflect the fallout from lockdown. However, we do not expect the exceptionally high estimates originally provided by financial and government organisations to come through – we expect unemployment rate of 5-6%.


With rising unemployment, why is it not always easier to find the perfect candidate?

While unemployment has risen and this does mean there are more candidates in the market overall – this does not mean that more well-suited, high performing candidates are available and engaged for all opportunities. There are sectors & departments benefiting more than others by the current conditions. In some cases, we note tightened engaged talent pools – specifically areas where specialised skills and robust experiences are required.


What does the next year look like?

We have noted calmness amongst candidates this year, as many have continued exploring their next career move forward, especially as the nation dropped out of the original lockdown. Job Adverts (as an indication of activity) have largely recovered from the Q2 dive but are still around 10% below pre pandemic averages, at a total level. However, various sectors have made a full recovery and are well placed 2021 (Food, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing etc.).


Last bulletin, we touched on the common theme amongst most new positions we have placed recently or are working on currently: their purpose is to accelerate improvement and growth. This month we welcome Austin Lacey, our new Operations Manager, to the Scitex team. This is a newly created position which will further strengthen our operation, quality of service while deepening our expertise to the Engineering fields. Before joining Scitex, Austin had a career which spanned Ireland, the UK and Europe working in senior managerial roles in various engineering and operational sectors within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Civil Engineering and Hospitality sector. He brings over 10 years of managerial experience and a proven track record within complex engineering and business organisations. In Austin’s previous role his main responsibility was the Management of Engineering Services for Dolmen Engineering. These teams were tasked with the delivery of turnkey multimillion-euro projects within highly regulated environments and services across Ireland / UK and Europe. To learn more, you can find Austin’s introduction our blog here.


I’d like to take this chance to congratulate our Candidate Manager Oliver Saltmarsh for his successful recent CV writing workshop webinar. This was a free event he created for our candidate network. We received excellent feedback from attendees who gained an exceptional amount of value and insights from the session. This will definitely be repeated. If you would like to pre register with Oliver for the next workshop, please email him on oliver@scitex.co.nz


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 build into summer and look deeper into 2021.

Kind regards,

Gareth Robertson, Managing Director



Available Talent

Quality, Lab and R&D

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. 145K+, Location-Auckland.

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 $75K+, Auckland.

BM113 Polymer Chemist with hands on manufacturing, quality, R&D and customer support experience across a variety of industries.  Would be fantastic in a customer facing role where he can support the sales team with his technical know-how. $70K, Auckland

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. $45K, Auckland.

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 Lab technician with 18 months commercial lab experience – primarily water and agri testing. Has a good understanding of quality and quality systems, in particular ISO 17025, also strong working knowledge of GLP. BSc – Chemistry and biochemistry, seeking $50-55k, based in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty flexible.

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

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 Engineering, 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.

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.

VP219 Machine Operator – Physically fit & outgoing young man, Perm Resident, searching for a career in manufacturing. Good technical & minor maintenance/ troubleshooting ability. Excellent IT skills prefers hands-on work, quick on his feet, very versatile candidate. $40-45K, Auckland.

VP227 B.Com. Warehouse Administrator with excellent skillset in logistics & software systems + forklift licence requires a new challenging position in a company that can offer advancement, further development & personal growth. Auckland. $56-60k

VP228 M.B.A. B,Com. Supply Chain/ Logistics Specialist with excellent import/export, purchasing & procurement skills available now. Highly motivated & versatile with 12 years’ experience, enjoys systems & documentation, certified Transaction Facility Operator from MPI also.  Auckland $55-60k

VP229 Dip Supply Chain & Shipping. Customer Service Rep with logistics/administration experience seeks new role in Hamilton, Auckland or can move around NZ. Enjoys planning, scheduling, structure in his day. Forklift Licence. Available immediately. On work Visa for 1 year which can be extended easily to 3 years. North/South Island. $50-$55k

VP330 B.Com majoring in Marketing & Supply Chain Management + Masters of Business Mgmt. Recently moved up from Hamilton, this young candidate has 3 years logistics exp in Fresh Produce with a wide range of responsibilities, now ready to show his skills.  Used to 50/50 hands on & admin, importing & exporting goods liaising with clients etc. Forklift licence – high achiever that could go far. $48-50k, Auckland.

VP331 Diploma Supply Chain Logistics. Enthusiastic candidate on Work Visa to Aug 22, with 1 yr NZ exp in warehousing + forklift licence, recently from Canterbury, searching for logistics role in Auckland to broaden his skillset. Exc computer skills including SAP, RF scanning, dispatch, pick packing, container work, admin, strong numerical & inventory. Good all-rounder, available now. Auckland. $45-$48k

VP332 Process Plant Operator with previous experience working with hazardous chemicals, also has logistics and forklift licence. Motivated candidate who enjoys working in a team environment, available now. South/East Auckland. $50-$55k

VP224 Logistics Independent young man on Work Visa seeks role involving customer service, excellent IT & communication skills & tech mind, good accuracy, enjoys variety. West Auckland $45-48k


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.

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. $90K Auckland or Wellington.

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.

PB218 M.Eng (Mech.) with 5 years design experience across range of sectors (industrial, electro magnetics, HVAC), across project management, quality control, machining and fabrication, design and geometric tolerance and dimension. Auckland, $80k


GR217 Company Director, Sales & Marketing leader with demonstrated history of people management within the FMCG, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry. A proven track record in leading teams to deliver critical business objectives. $200k, Auckland based.

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

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. $80K Location flexible

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

LF347 High achieving Chemical/ Coatings Sales Executive with extensive experience in NZ & Intl.  Well proven with exp in heavy industry & R&D.  Master of Science Polymers & Coatings Science. $100k, Location flexible.

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

LF349 Great candidate with extensive exp in plastics, coatings, adhesives, and agriculture. Based in BOP, $90k

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

Primary industry

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.

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


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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