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Overview Industry Overview:

Almost any everyday liquid product you can think of makes use of a solvent as its primary ingredient. Solvents are the structures that hold solutions together, binding the chemicals together in a consistent final product. Water is the most common solvent, partially because it is by and far the most common natural solvent. However, solvents come in all shapes and forms: polar protic, polar aprotic, and non-polar; hydrocarbon, oxygenated, and halogenated; paraffinic, esters, and alcohols.

Glycol ether ester prevents spray paint from drying in mid-air; ethanol binds perfume fragrances without overly influencing the smell with its own aroma; butyl acetate purifies penicillin; and toluene evaporates quickly from ink, allowing it to dry quickly enough to prevent smudging. Wiper fluid, dry cleaning, cough syrup, and cosmetics are just a few examples of products that rely on solvents.

App Common Applications:

  • Solvents – oxygenated, hydrocarbon, halogenerated, etc.
  • Non-polar, polar aprotic, polar protic solvents
  • Formulating, reformulating
  • Solvent performance
  • Coupling and solvency
  • Shelf stability
  • Alcohols, ketones, esters, ethers, etc.
  • Safety, health
  • Environmental regulation, sustainability, 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).
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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)

My experience with Ropella has been excellent. The entire process was very thorough and professionally managed and we found a perfect candidate in less than a month after we defined the position and search criteria. We went from initial phone call to Ropella Associates to start date for the new hire in about 10 weeks, which exceeded my expectations. Thanks again for your good work.

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