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Industry Overview:

With hundreds of different chemistries and frequent changes in market demands, the industry is eager for more efficient processes, especially since the cost of raw materials is such a large part of overhead. Surfactants, vital for soap and so many related products, face many opportunities.

Challenges include determining the role of enzymes, dealing with supply-chain issues and establishing top priorities. More uses are being found for non-ionic surfactants, and there is a push for bio-based surfactants because many consumers prefer the “more natural” approach. However, some balk at higher costs, meaning breakthroughs and greater efficiency are needed to win this segment.

Markets worldwide vary greatly, requiring people with a knack for using science and technology to meet the specific demands. You can put Ropella’s knowledge to work in finding the person most suited for your specific needs.

Common Applications:
  • Surfactants – heads, tails, double chains, etc.
  • Classifications – anionic, nonionic, etc.
  • Emulsification, esterification, amidation, etc.
  • Formulations
  • Surface rheology, ellipsometry
  • Maximum Bubble Pressure apparatus
  • Biodegradation
  • Bio-surfactants
  • Environmental impacts
Look for our articles in Journal of Surfactants and Detergents and other industry publications..

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)
We read and write for industry publications, including:
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We have served and developed relationships with leading companies in the industry, including:
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Technical Director,
ColonialChemical, Inc.
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