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Formulation & Production Manager

Reports to: Head of Formulation & Production

Direct Reports: Formulation Research Scientist, Formulation Technologist, Process Technician

Role Location: Head Office - Winchester

Role: As a key member of the Formulation Development Team you will assist the Head of Formulations & Production in the development and evaluation novel formulations, production processes and techniques (‘know-how’), planning, coordination and control of product manufacturing and scale up operations to ensure prompt and efficient delivery of test formulations, products and services.


Key Areas of Responsibility 

  • Develop and evaluate new formulations and modify/improve existing ones for proprietary platform technology applications, focusing on added value attributes (e.g. field life, active ingredient release rates, shelf and packaging stability).
  • Ensure that design goals for new formulation projects, and project plans are prepared and documented in accordance with stakeholder / customer needs.
  • Organise in-house or outsource specialised analytical and physical chemistry studies on candidate formulations, including particle size analysis, gas and liquid chromatography, stability studies, thermal analysis and microscopy.
  • Maintain and develop knowledge of competitive products and novel technologies.
  • Identify new opportunities to develop novel formulations utilising platform technology portfolio.
  • Build relationships with University/research institutes, CROs and formulation experts.
  • Evaluate and advise on the suitable manufacturing scale-up and toll production improvement options and selection of ingredients.
  • Manage routine maintenance of production equipment and troubleshooting formulation performance problems.
  • Review production schedules and material requirements prepared by production team, and agree production budgets and timescales with customer services and finance.
  • Present platform technology at conferences and commercial / collaborator meetings.
  • Provide supporting data and descriptive input for patents and other intellectual property protection.
  • Ensure that reporting staff are both familiar and activities are compliant with the Health and Safety policy and all associated policies, procedures and methods of working.
  • Ensure that reporting staff are both familiar and activities are compliant with Exosect’s Quality management system.


Person Specification

Qualifications: The candidate should have; 

  • PhD in Chemistry or Bio-Chemistry from a leading university.
  • MSc / Bachelor’s honours degree in chemistry or bio-chemistry or related subject.

Work Experience: The candidate should have; 

  • Recent formulation chemist work experience (5 years minimum) in the agriculture / bio-ag sector.
  • Presented novel technologies to technical and commercial groups / conferences.
  • Provided technical sales support to licensees in a customer facing role.
  • Experience of working within small research teams on projects focussed on building disruptive intellectual property in a commercial setting.

Personal Attributes: The candidate should be able to demonstrate; 

  • Ability to develop novel formulations, knowledge of organic chemistry, competence in analytical chemistry, and analytical method development
  • Competence in the operation of HPLC and GC to undertake critical analysis, troubleshooting and method development, as well as sample preparation techniques and reporting.
  • Experience in prioritising workload and effective delegation, reporting and making recommendations for further formulation development.
  • Delivery of technical sales support to business development team and to commercial customers.
  • Intellectual and inventive input to address market challenges with new technological solutions.
  • Experience of working with particles and particle characterisation equipment (laser diffraction) would be an advantage, as would experience of working with insecticidal formulations within GLP and/or GMP environment.
  • Confidence in working with and co-ordinating external consultants and contractors, collaborative work and research with external research partners.
  • The ability to multi task in a small interdisciplinary commercially focused research team and manage a small team of formulation scientist and technicians.
  • Experience of managing multiple projects and budget management.
  • Confidence in networking, identifying new opportunities and managing existing relationships with customers and external researchers.
  • Hard work ethic and versatility with a robust sense of humour
  • Ambition to undertake further personal development & training
  • Willingness to travel in the UK and abroad for extended periods at a time (maximum 2 weeks at a time) and must have a full UK driving license.


Please email your application to

Philip Harris
Exosect Ltd
Leylands Business Park
Colden Common
SO21 1TH