Company

Our Story

Ego was founded when a young chemist, Gerald Oppenheim, and his wife, Rae, a nurse, saw a need for products to restore and maintain healthy skin. In the laundry of their suburban Melbourne home they developed Ego Pine Tar Bath Solution, later called Pinetarsol, which remains one of Australia’s most widely used inflammation treatments. Ever since Ego has continued to research and develop products and treatments to care for and meet the skin needs of all people.

Gerald Oppenheim passed away in 1995 leaving his legacy, Ego, to the family. His sons, Alan Oppenheim the Managing Director, and David Oppenheim both sit on the Board of Directors. As does Dr Jane Oppenheim, Alan’s wife, who is the Scientific and Operations Director.

Proudly Australian-owned, Ego Pharmaceuticals has led the way in the development, manufacture and marketing of innovative skincare products for 60 years. Our mission is to exist for people who want healthy skin. Ego is the specialist in skincare, backed by science. We make our products in Australia for the people of the world. We provide consistently high quality products, underpinned by heritage and integrity.

From its inception as a family business in 1953, Ego has grown to become a world leader, producing a comprehensive skin and health care range for sale in Australia and around the world. Our reputation is built on consistently delivering effective, high-quality and innovative products to meet a diverse range of needs, and we are committed to creating the best possible skin therapies for our customers.

We have hundreds of testimonials that tell us people trust Ego to help care for their skin every day.

The name ‘Ego’ is an acronym for Erwin and Gerald Oppenheim. Dr. Erwin Oppenheim, Gerald’s father was a dermatologist.

Our Values

At Ego our Values are an essential part of our culture and business. These values underpin the quality of our products and drive our integrity, our commitment to science and innovation, and our focus on helping people restore and maintain Skin Health.


Alan Oppenheim,

Managing Director

  • 1. Quality

    Quality is our way of life
    • Quality products. Our product research is focussed on better benefits for the consumer in preference to lower cost.
    • Quality processes and production. We continuously improve our processes and continuously lift our standards. We invest in quality equipment for a more consistent result over the longer term. We exceed the Good Manufacturing Practice requirements of government authorities.
    • Quality reputation. Healthcare professionals recommend our products because of our reputation for quality and science. Our products work well, so our consumers re-purchase and recommend them to others. We have pride and passion in the knowledge that we have the best products.

    3. Ethics

    We do what is right
    All employees respect and protect the confidential information of Ego and of every employee. We will reject unethical requests from our business partners or from government employees. (The laws of Australia and other nations require all Ego employees in all nations to never make unethical payments to government officials.) Our Code of Conduct is our people supporting the Values of Ego.

    5. Service

    Ego exists to help our consumers
    • Ego exists to improve consumers’ skin quality. We listen to our customers and anticipate their needs. We value all our relationships which are based on trust, open communication and an ethical partnership.
    • Excellent service. We strive to deliver excellent customer service experiences for consumers, distributors and healthcare professionals. We strive to transform the customer into an advocate for Ego.
    • Service to the community. We openly engage with and support community service organisations.
  • 2. People

    Our people make the difference
    • We value every employee. Each employee is critical to our success. Our employees provide excellent quality service to our staff. No job at Ego is so important or so urgent that the time cannot be taken to perform it in a safe manner. All employees recognise the importance of each other’s’ personal and family life.
    • Ego culture inspires success. Our culture means our employees look forward to coming to work. Our atmosphere is open, encouraging. We are informal to encourage communication. We inspire each other to achieve our best. We provide challenge to continuously improve. We invest in training and develop our people so they can continuously improve.
    • Our people live the Values. We select the staff who will live the Values and have the best skills in an open, fair and careful process. We are respectful and proud of the diversity of our people. We respect and embrace the culture of the people of each nation in which we operate.

    4. Innovation

    Innovation is in our nature
    • Innovative products. We use the sciences and a creative energy to develop innovative products. Innovation to products, to systems and to Ego is encouraged and embraced.
    • We challenge boundaries. We are bold in approach. We expand into new geographies and new business models. We invest for the long term. Our new endeavours are built to last.
    • All employees are encouraged to innovate. No matter which job someone has at Ego, we want our staff to think outside the box, to suggest innovation and to challenge the way we do things. (We follow our Standard Operating Procedures, but we encourage innovative improvement to SOPs through improvement processes.)
      We openly support our staff when they make an honest mistake. We learn from mistakes and from success. Employees are encouraged to learn and to share their knowledge with each other.

    6. Ego Spirit

    The spirit of Ego revolves around a community atmosphere
    • Equality. We have a sense of equality, of sharing, of being helpful, approachable and informal. We welcome open communication from everyone. We want to listen, to know. We have mutual respect for each other. We base our discussion on facts.
    • Support. All employees are part of the Ego team so we work together to help each other. All employees have a loyalty, a commitment to each other’s ongoing success and to Ego’s ongoing success. Each employee helps other employees to succeed.
      Each employee’s commitment to ethics and to quality and their loyalty to one another (employee and company) are integral to the Ego spirit.
  • Quality

    Quality is our way of life
    • Quality products. Our product research is focussed on better benefits for the consumer in preference to lower cost.
    • Quality processes and production. We continuously improve our processes and continuously lift our standards. We invest in quality equipment for a more consistent result over the longer term. We exceed the Good Manufacturing Practice requirements of government authorities.
    • Quality reputation. Healthcare professionals recommend our products because of our reputation for quality and science. Our products work well, so our consumers re-purchase and recommend them to others. We have pride and passion in the knowledge that we have the best products.
  • People

    Our people make the difference
    • We value every employee. Each employee is critical to our success. Our employees provide excellent quality service to our staff. No job at Ego is so important or so urgent that the time cannot be taken to perform it in a safe manner. All employees recognise the importance of each other’s’ personal and family life.
    • Ego culture inspires success. Our culture means our employees look forward to coming to work. Our atmosphere is open, encouraging. We are informal to encourage communication. We inspire each other to achieve our best. We provide challenge to continuously improve. We invest in training and develop our people so they can continuously improve.
    • Our people live the Values. We select the staff who will live the Values and have the best skills in an open, fair and careful process. We are respectful and proud of the diversity of our people. We respect and embrace the culture of the people of each nation in which we operate.
  • Ethics

    We do what is right
    All employees respect and protect the confidential information of Ego and of every employee. We will reject unethical requests from our business partners or from government employees. (The laws of Australia and other nations require all Ego employees in all nations to never make unethical payments to government officials.) Our Code of Conduct is our people supporting the Values of Ego.
  • Innovation

    Innovation is in our nature
    • Innovative products. We use the sciences and a creative energy to develop innovative products. Innovation to products, to systems and to Ego is encouraged and embraced.
    • We challenge boundaries. We are bold in approach. We expand into new geographies and new business models. We invest for the long term. Our new endeavours are built to last.
    • All employees are encouraged to innovate. No matter which job someone has at Ego, we want our staff to think outside the box, to suggest innovation and to challenge the way we do things. (We follow our Standard Operating Procedures, but we encourage innovative improvement to SOPs through improvement processes.)
      We openly support our staff when they make an honest mistake. We learn from mistakes and from success. Employees are encouraged to learn and to share their knowledge with each other.
  • Service

    Ego exists to help our consumers
    • Ego exists to improve consumers’ skin quality. We listen to our customers and anticipate their needs. We value all our relationships which are based on trust, open communication and an ethical partnership.
    • Excellent service. We strive to deliver excellent customer service experiences for consumers, distributors and healthcare professionals. We strive to transform the customer into an advocate for Ego.
    • Service to the community. We openly engage with and support community service organisations.
  • Ego Spirit

    The spirit of Ego revolves around a community atmosphere
    • Equality. We have a sense of equality, of sharing, of being helpful, approachable and informal. We welcome open communication from everyone. We want to listen, to know. We have mutual respect for each other. We base our discussion on facts.
    • Support. All employees are part of the Ego team so we work together to help each other. All employees have a loyalty, a commitment to each other’s ongoing success and to Ego’s ongoing success. Each employee helps other employees to succeed.
      Each employee’s commitment to ethics and to quality and their loyalty to one another (employee and company) are integral to the Ego spirit.
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Environment

Recycling symbols on packs can be confusing.

These symbols below reflect the plastic type of the packaging. It is a voluntary code that manufacturers can use to help consumers identify the material type. It does not mean that all of the plastic types are recyclable. Each council will accept different materials in curbside recycling bins. Read more by clicking here.

We do our best to minimise and continually improve processes that may impact on the environment in which we operate. We promote sustainable practices, we choose environmentally sound packaging for our products, we minimise the packaging and we have recycling procedures in place in our manufacturing plant and offices. Our rainwater tanks supplement almost a fifth of our water needs.Ego is a signatory of the Australian Packaging Covenant, a voluntary initiative by the Australian Government and industry to reduce packaging going to waste. Download and view our action plan by clicking here.

Please view our annual reporting document by clicking here.

Careers

At Ego, our people make the difference. Our people are our most valuable asset; while many may claim this, we at Ego have placed a premium on our people from day one.

Historically, Ego was a pioneer in ensuring equal pay for women in Australia in 1960. In 1974, we introduced superannuation and in 1977 we implemented profit sharing for all employees. Today, regular training programs and professional development keep Egozites (that’s what we call ourselves) trained in the latest developments and techniques in our respective fields of expertise.

We pay particular attention to encouraging good practices for the health of our people. To this end we provide regular health checks, vaccinations and in conjunction with our SunSense message, skin mapping, to employees who have an interest, at a set time in the year.

There are currently no positions available.

Alan Oppenheim

The son of Gerald and Rae Oppenheim, who founded what is now Australia's largest family-owned pharmaceutical business in 1953 after developing Pinetarsol from their family home, Alan knows Ego inside out, having worked in all areas of the business beginning when he was in high school where he worked after hours in the dispatch, receiving and moving barrels of various ingredients well before the arrival of any forklifts.

After officially joining Ego in 1981, Alan undertook the task of automating the company's factory stock and manufacturing systems. He then turned his attention to significantly improving quality systems in the production processes, the quality control testing processes and in the science behind all marketing material.

As Managing Director, Alan is constantly seeking new ways to improve and maintain the company's reputation for leading the way in innovative products for skin treatment and healthy skin maintenance.

Under Alan's leadership, some of Ego Pharmaceuticals' achievements include:

  • • the development of SunSense, a world first in improved sun protection and customer acceptability; extending the iconic Pinetarsol range with Pinetarsol Gel and Pinetarsol Bar;
  • • the creation of DermAid (another world-first in terms of improved formulation of hydrocortisone cream);
  • • the development of market-leading QV, in response to a request from the dermatology department of the Queen Victoria Hospital to create a product for their service line.

Alan's passion for Ego, its industry, and the science that inspires and supports it, has led to numerous accolades and industry recognition. A life Member of the Australian Dermatology Nurses Association, Alan was President of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Scientists (IFSCC) representing 14,000 scientists in 35 nations. The business has also established fellowships for dermatologists and dermatology nurses in Australia and internationally.

Under Alan's management, Ego has also been awarded a slate of accolades including the Australian Export Hero (2010), Excellence in Sales and Services, BRW/ANZ Private Business Award for overseas trading (2010), Governor of Victoria Export Awards (2006 & 2009), Australian Self Medication Industry (2008 & 2009) but to name a few.

Azzam Alwani

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

To celebrate his years of service to Ego in the UAE, we introduce you to Azzam Alwani.

Azzam has worked with Ego for 12 years as the Middle East Regional Manager. He is based in Dubai within the UAE. Prior to joining Ego Azzam worked with our skin care range via a distributor company for Ego products and in his 22 years of experience with Ego has seen a number of significant changes within Ego and across the region. Over Azzam's history with Ego there has been a huge growth in the number of products produced and he has watched several Ego products rocket to number 1 category position in the Middle Eastern markets.

He has also visited the Australian plant on numerous occasions and has seen the development of the research and development facility, the increase in production capacity and the expansion of warehousing that has been required to meet the demand in the Middle East markets.

Azzam's advice to someone considering a position in the company is that,

"Ego is the right work place for you if you are a creative person who believes in change."

Congratulations and Thank you for being a part of the Ego family.

Helen Bosanquet

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Last week Helen from Ego was named runner up as Health and Safety Representative of the Year at the Victorian Work Cover Authority Health and Safety Awards. A fantastic achievement and well earned recognition for her hard work.

Helen has worked at Ego for 10 years as a machine setter. This is what she had to say.

"Ego has an excellent OH&S manager and I enjoy working alongside her. The employees' health and safety are a high priority within Ego and whilst investing in the company's future, Ego recognises that their employees are a big part of their success." Helen has been an OH&S rep for 6 years and says, "I would recommend being an OH&S rep as it's important to get involved and be proactive. OH&S training assists you to look after yourself and your work colleagues."

Helen pictured with Denise Cosgrove, Chief Executive at Victorian WorkCover Authority.

James Lee

Electrical Supervisor James Lee Awarded Middy’s Scholarship

Electrical Supervisor at Ego Pharmaceuticals, James Lee, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Middendorp Electric Company (Middy’s).

Lee is responsible for the operations of the electrical maintenance team of five at Ego’s Braeside manufacturing facility in Victoria. The plant operates 24hrs a day, five days a week, which means some early starts managing the demands of a round the clock facility.

Prior to applying for the scholarship, Lee had been heavily investing time into professional development achieving various certificate IV’s and a diploma and he saw the scholarship program as an opportunity to continue his studies.  

“The successful completion of these certifications progressively presented me with numerous career opportunities. It worked as a positive reinforcement for me confirming if I put in the effort, I can reap the rewards!” Lee said.  

“When I stepped back and assessed what was next, a tertiary education was the next logical step. As it is an expensive investment financially, it made perfect sense to apply for the Middy’s Scholarship for a financial contribution” Leeadded.  

As a result, Lee is currently undertaking a Master of Project Management at RMIT University and his employers couldn’t be more pleased.  

“We’re extremely proud of the initiative James has taken in applying for this scholarship, we pride ourselves on creating a culture that encourages our staff to always continue to develop and grow both personally and professionally” explained Ego’s Managing Director Alan Oppenheim.  

“We look forward to all the new skills and learnings James will bring to his department at Ego as a result of the scholarship and tertiary course” Mr Oppenheim added.  

Lee is looking forward to putting his new knowledge to the test too.

“Being thatEgo is such a rapidly growing business that continuesto invest in its infrastructure and manufacturingcapabilities, I am hoping my further studies will helpme grow and diversify to a position in the companythat helps it grow and deliver successful projects” Lee said.

For further information on the Middy’s Scholarship and James’ experience visit: http://www.middys.com.au/scholarship/