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Petrochemical and Refinery Chemicals

Industry Overview:

Although most petrochemicals and refinery chemicals are not directly purchased by end users, their derivatives are an essential part of the products that we utilize on a daily basis. Petrochemical and refinery chemical feedstock and derivatives are vital to the production of everything from beverage bottles to sunglasses to cell phones. In addition to important consumer goods, these chemicals are also a key component in scientific equipment such as petri dishes, test tubes, and safety glasses, and in health care equipment such as artificial joints, latex gloves, and IV bags and tubes. As such, it is not surprising that petrochemical consumption is directly tied to economic and population growth.

The industry is impacted by rapidly fluctuating crude oil prices, environmental concerns and regulations, new technological advancements, and a volatile market. Most recently, shale gas production has lowered costs and increased supplies of ethane, which has, in turn, decreased production and increased prices of propylene. Sophisticated engineering is especially important in the petrochemical and refinery chemical industry: both to minimize the high energy consumption costs of producing these chemicals, and to develop new methods of environmentally-conscious and safe production and consumer use.

Common Applications:
  • Impurities
  • Atmospheric distillation
  • Conversion
  • Treatment
  • Blending
  • Naptha fraction – steam cracking, polymerization, etc.
  • Classes: olefins, aromatics, synthetic gas, etc.
  • Integrated manufacturing
  • Molecular masses
  • Alkylation -- dimerization
  • Catalytic reforming
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With over 25 years as a top chemical industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top chemical talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.


The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)
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We have served and developed relationships with leading companies in the industry, including:
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I had been looking for some good sales people through my own networks and word of mouth for the last few years. Unfortunately with little or no success. I finally decided to work with an executive search firm to help me find prospects. After doing a lot of due diligence to try to determine which company might be the best fit for our needs, The Ropella Group seemed like the right choice. In fact, I cannot imagine having made a better choice. Working with them has been very easy. They are extremely responsive to any request that I made; the company introduction document that they created was very much to the point and hit the perfect notes of what makes our company successful and most importantly the quality of the candidates was to me, amazingly to the point. In fact, they offered me the resumes of 12 candidates and actually I believe that every single one of them would have been successful for the position of Executive VP that we were seeking. In the end, we hired the best candidate, who was also (we learned later) who Ropella believed would be our best choice. I would give the Ropella Group and Robbie Ropella in particular a 10 out of 10 rating. We will certainly look to Ropella again in future when seeking new executive or sales employees.

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