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Specialty Chemicals

Overview Industry Overview:

The differences between specialty, fine, and commodity chemicals can be likened to the differences between Michelin star dishes, delicacies like caviar, and commodity crops like rice: commodity chemicals are produced on a large scale for low prices, fine chemicals are manufactured in much smaller amounts sold for much higher prices, and specialty chemicals are compounds of fine and commodity chemical “ingredients” mixed together in specific proportions to serve one specific purpose. By nature, the specialty chemical industry is extremely diversified – when each product is keyed to one specific utilization, there must be a wide offering of products in order to fill a wide variety of needs.

This industry has advanced the overall chemical industry from standard manufacturers to customer solution partners. Specialty chemical companies don’t sell products for what they are, but, rather, for what they can do – uses that are often tailored to fit one client’s specifications. While commodity chemicals are often physically indistinguishable from one provider to the next, specialty chemicals are each unique, often patented or trademarked. This product and end-use diversity allow specialty chemicals to influence most other segments of industry; most notably, they are key components of both end-use products and outside industry processes, from personal and home care products and food and beverages, to construction materials and electronics manufacturing.

App Common Applications:

  • Pharmaceuticals, Biopharmaceuticals, Agrochemicals, Cosmetics, Food & Beverage, Nutraceuticals.
  • Life sciences custom manufacturing
  • Organic synthesis
  • Products: Low-molecular-weight (LMW) vs. High-molecular-weight (HMW)
  • Methods: Chemical synthesis, Biotechnology, Extraction, Hydrolysis
  • Fine Chemical / Custom Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs)
  • Contract Research Organizations (CROs)

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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Specialty Chemicals

 

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)
   
 

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Fine & Specialty Chemicals
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