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Director of Chemistry | Envirotech

Samsara Recycling

Samsara Recycling

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024
Want to help us in our mission to end the plastic pollution crisis?

Then come join Samsara in tackling one of the planet's biggest problems with big impact!

Samsara represents the coming together of co-founders, the Australian National University (ANU), one of Australia's largest retailers and Main Sequence Ventures, to address a big planetary problem and build the kind of solution the world has been waiting for. Not only will Samsara’s technology play a key role in solving the world's plastic recycling problems and eliminating the production of plastics from fossil fuels, our commercial potential is compelling.

We are a jaw droppingly unique company! Whilst we are an envirotech start-up creating infinite recycling to end plastic pollution, we are also building an incredible place to work. We know that to make the magic happen our day to day working lives and rewards for our efforts need to be unique and exciting for the extra effort put in.

Due to rapid growth and expansion we are looking for a Director of Chemistry.

Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to provide leadership and Subject Matter Expertise (SME) in process chemistry and to help shape process development as we scale up our plants. The Director of Chemistry will work with the Chief Technology Officer and the broader team to ensure business objectives are met and for execution of the internal Samsara development projects.

Serve as the technical leader to transition lab-level developments to plant scale as we enhance and industrialise our processes for post-industrial and post-consumer wastes.

The candidate will plan, organise, and oversee all process chemistry activities to ensure that timelines and specifications are realised. The candidate will be accountable for the excellence of our process development and chemistry analytics. A key aspect of this position is the ongoing support and learning that occurs post transfer, to further improve our offering. The candidate will personify Samsara’s shared values and culture, both internally and externally. The candidate will work with the highest standards of safety, integrity, transparency, and ethics to create win-win scenarios for customers, partners, and colleagues.

This position will require relocation to Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Key Responsibilities...

  • Developing and scaling up keeping commercially viability in line with business requirement.
  • Ensuring transfer of technologies smoothly from R&D-> Process Development Lab -> Pilot-> Manufacturing for commercialisation of improved/new technologies and products.
  • Proper evaluation and outsourcing projects to suitable laboratories and technology centres for esp. in cases which require special technology and meeting fast timelines for development.

Qualifications And Experience...

  • Minimum of 10 years working in corporate R&D in support of industrial operations / manufacturing in specialty chemicals.
  • Demonstrated industry experience in the leadership of R&D teams and/or projects is essential.
  • Strong track record of design/development with direct experience in the scaled production and/or purification of compounds.
  • Strong track record of resolving process chemistry issues and involvement in industrial process design/development.
  • Deep exposure to all areas of analytics (GPC, HPLC, SEM, ICP, etc).
  • Experience with scale-up / industrialisation of laboratory processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, mentor, influence, collaborate, and work with individuals, colleagues and clients.
  • Experience in the production of chemical components used in polymer production such as PET, nylon, polyurethane is highly advantageous.

What You Might Like About Us...

Remuneration - we offer competitive salaries in addition to the option of owning company shares.

Flexibility - at Samsara, flexible work means that our people are able to achieve work-life harmony. This includes support for how our people maintain health and wellbeing, parent or care for others, study, transition to retirement or pursue personal interests.

Autonomy - you are trusted to work independently, make sensible decisions, ask better questions, adopt techniques to work smarter and do what you say you will do.

Flat structure - we don’t entertain bureaucracy at Samsara! Our people are empowered to use their own initiative to solve problems collaboratively. Communication is fast which means quicker decisions and the flexibility to adapt quickly to changes.

Samsara is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and anyone seeking employment at Samsara is considered based on merit, qualifications, competence and talent. We don’t regard colour, religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, sex, marital or family status, disability, gender, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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