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Overview Industry Overview:

In contrast to petrochemicals, derived from petroleum, oleochemicals are those chemicals which are derived from plant and animal fats. With feedstocks that come from all-natural renewable resources, oleochemicals have become a superstar with consumers who want the products they purchase to be organic, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

The oleochemical industry began its rise to prominence in the late 1970s, as the price of crude oil rose. That doesn’t mean that this industry is still in its infancy, though: the history of oleochemicals and soap traces back 5000 years, and soaps and detergents continue to be the largest use of these chemicals today. The fastest growing applications include eco-friendly, polyols, biodiesels, plasticizers and biolubricants.

App Common Applications:

  • Palm kernel oil, mesocarp, etc.
  • Derivatives – acid chlorides, cosmetic esters, etc.
  • Hydrolysis, base, triglycerides
  • Alcoholysis, transesterification
  • Fractionation
  • Milling
  • Refining
  • Saponification
  • Stability, viscosity, etc.

Solutions Solutions:

With more than 30 years as a top chemical industry recruitment firm, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their ongoing quest to find highly qualified professionals. As Talent Acquisition experts, 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 quickly deliver exceptional results for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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

Sales Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
R & D 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 and Finance Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Executive Level Management Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Investment Experts Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)

As always, you have done a superb job of understanding our staffing needs…Your ability to network within the personal and home care industry is truly impressive; but more important to me personally, are your consistent “extra mile” efforts to drive the process to completion in a very professional, disciplined manner…on both sides of the recruiting relationship.  Thanks for your contribution to our success.

Sales Manager - Americas
BF Goodrich
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