Location: DurbanĀ 

Our Manufacturing Client, based in Durban is looking for an R&D Manager to join their team. The successful incumbent will report directly to the Head of Operations.




  • Compliance to: Act 101 of 1965; Pharmacy Act 53 of 1973, GMP/PIC/WHO guidelines; OSH Act, The Foodstuff, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 54 of 1972.
  • Manage the product development process as per product life cycle and marketing brief.
  • Conduct product shelf-life testing, product efficiency testing, user tests.
  • Generate product specifications, specifications for key raw materials and packaging materials
  • Generate manufacturing processes and validate infrastructure requirements.
  • Supervise continuous product testing/ analysis as per product specifications.
  • Contribute to cost management projects which includes raw materials, packaging materials and manufacturing processes.
  • Conduct Q-Cert audits at third party manufacturers.
  • Conduct Vendor Audits and assessments.
  • Handle out-of-specifications and product/ material deviations.
  • Handle consumer complaints.
  • Resolve non-conformances and implemente CAPA.
  • Performance of Quality Product Reviews and Trends analysis.
  • Lead and manage the team to meet quality objectives.
  • Perform Risk Management Activities.
  • Assist with laboratory equipment acquisitions.




  • BTech, BSC or NDip in Cosmetic Sciences or Chemistry.
  • At least 4 years working experience in product development and quality assurance in pharmaceutical or personal care.
  • At least 2 years experience managing a team.
  • Working knowledge of ISO and GMP.
  • Knowledge of the healthcare sector.
  • Experience with non-conformance and CAPA.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 5 days for an interview. If not contacted, please consider your application unsuccessful.