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Photographic Chemicals

Industry Overview:

The picture isn’t all bleak in this industry despite the inroads made by digital photography. Chemical photography still appeals to many creative and professional photographers as well as to darkroom enthusiasts.

They like film’s color palette, its resistance to manipulation, and the time and money saved by focusing on a few good shots for chemical photography rather than the rote “click-click-click” of digital photography. The industry is working on ways to make photographic chemicals more eco-friendly and less expensive, tasks that will require talented individuals who can work well with science and technology and envision solutions that appeal to the marketplace.

Ropella, founded in 1987, knows how to quickly find the right hire for your company’s needs. We can locate the best performers – and our 98 percent “stick rate” shows that many are long-term contributors to a company’s bottom line.

Common Applications:
  • Processes – black and white, color, etc.
  • Hypo cleaning agent – sodium sulfite, etc.
  • Dye couplers
  • Selenium, sulphur, etc.
  • Surfactants, chelates, etc.
  • Additives – developers, toners, reducers, etc.
  • Photographic intermediates
  • Stop baths
  • Fixers
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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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I wish to thank you for your great support to our search for a business head for agro. I appreciated especially the very professional approach in first listening and understanding well our true needs and then providing a good selection of candidates. This made the process fluent and it was not difficult for us to select the candidate with the best fit to our business.  Hope for an opportunity to work with you again very soon.

Chief Business Officer, Agro Green
Emery Oleochemicals
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