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Chemical Distribution and Trading

Industry Overview:

The chemical industry is the foundation of most other commercial industries, with chemicals serving as feedstock for products and production processes, and to keep the machines that govern those processes running in top shape. The backbone of the chemical industry lies in distribution and trading, a necessary and driving component that enables all else that follows.

With literally tens of thousands of products, from specialty chemicals to fine chemicals to commodities, it’s imperative to maintain a sustainable business environment. Cooperation and communication must be fostered to enable free international trade, fair business practices, and responsible product stewardship. Faced with significant pressure from competition, distributors must maintain a reputation for reliability and integrity if their business is to succeed and thrive.

Common Applications:

  • Management of risk
  • Legal requirements
  • Policies and documentation
  • Training
  • Emergency response, environment, health
  • Community interaction
  • Supply chain, logistics, etc.
  • Responsible distribution
  • Systems - classification, labeling, etc.
  • Supply and demand gaps
  • Transportation
  • Storage / Handling
  • Security
  • Economic impacts
  • Marketing, sales
  • Outsourcing
  • Customers: small, medium, large
  • Delivery
  • Technical support


With almost 35 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.

Look for our articles in Chemical Distributor Magazine and other industry publications.


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)
Our Involvement
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We have served and developed relationships with leading companies in the industry, including:
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