Executive Level 2 Director Scientific Policy / Director Chemistry & Manufacture, Australian Pestidices and Veterinary Medicines Authority, Tamworth & North West NSW

Applications close on 14 May 2018

Work type: Full time

Location: Tamworth & North West NSW

Categories: Chemistry and Manufacture

About the group

The APVMA is required by the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 to be satisfied that agricultural and veterinary chemicals it registers or approves will be safe and effective.

The Chemistry and Manufacture Section provides expert technical advice to the organisation regarding the chemistry aspects of active constituents and formulated products, both pesticides and veterinary pharmaceuticals. These
aspects include manufacturing processes, quality control, product specifications, formulations, stability data and analytical methods. Advice is provided mainly in the form of written reports which are a key piece of information in the decision on whether to grant a product registration or active constituent approval.

Salary: $123,823 – $142,052 per annum plus superannuation

About the role

During the APVMA’s transition of operations to Armidale, NSW, the role provides a rare opportunity to influence and shape the work practices and culture of the Chemistry and Manufacture team.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director, Chemistry and Manufacture contributes to the strategic and operational goals of the APVMA through effective people management and capability development, continuous process review and improvement and knowledge management.

Working with a high level of autonomy and exercising legislated delegations, the Director makes sound scientific based decisions based on their professional judgement. This involves utilising the specialist expertise within the team and developing a comprehensive knowledge of the APVMA’s operational policy and legislative framework in order to evaluate and mitigate risks in the context of a complex regulatory environment while maintaining strong working relationships with stakeholders, both internal and external.

This position is based in Armidale. Travel is a requirement of this role.

Position requirements

Appropriate tertiary qualifications in chemistry or a related science are essential. Postgraduate qualifications are desirable and experience in formulation or analysis of pesticides or veterinary medicines will be highly regarded.

To be a strong contender for this role you will be a resilient and confident people manager and scientific leader with:
• significant experience in leading and managing a team, with a particular focus on recruiting, coaching, mentoring and developing leadership and technical capacity within the team to build organisational capability and responsiveness;
• the ability to identify and lead innovative solutions and communicate the implications of decisions and actions on the agency’s business objectives and stakeholders;
• an understanding of (or the demonstrated ability to quickly develop) the role and responsibilities of the APVMA, including an understanding of the Australian Public Service operating environment;
• significant experience in analysing and evaluating more complex scientific information associated with the evaluation of chemistry data, preferably with agricultural and veterinary medicines product applications, and applying risk assessment and management principles in making decisions;
• proven experience in providing specialist advice on the interpretation of data, scientific reports, policies and procedures within a regulatory framework;
• demonstrated experience in the development of guidance documents for chemistry data submissions by applicants;
• significant representational experience across a range of forums and the ability to present and advocate the APVMA’s position in the context of more complex issues, while understanding the international standard setting environment.

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